The Best Movies of 2012

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Claire Folger5/11

5. 'Argo'

Ben Affleck excels as a director by pumping suspense and leavening humor into this look at the 1979 Iran hostage crisis and the subterfuge it took to aid the escape of six U.S. Embassy staffers. Argo plays with facts, but Affleck's maneuvers are artful, subversive and effective. He's the real deal.

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