Ben Affleck directs and stars in what could be the best movie of the year. Based on a real CIA op that was declassified in 1997, this stranger-than-fiction dramatic thriller literally keeps you on the edge of your seat. The plot (don't worry, no spoilers!) centers on young CIA agent Tony Mendez (Affleck), who is tasked with freeing six American government workers stranded at the Canadian ambassador's house in Tehran during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Mendez concocts a dangerous and elaborate plan: He goes to great lengths to establish himself as a Hollywood producer — even setting up an office at a studio and getting stories planted in Variety
— and then attempts to convince the Iranian revolutionaries that the hostages are members of a movie crew scouting the area for a sci-fi film. As an actor, Affleck manages to be both compelling and deadpan funny, and as a director, he proves to be on par with any A-list filmmaker working in Hollywood today. See this movie now. It's headed for the Oscars.
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