Film Review Argo

This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo," a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)


It’s a man’s world at this weekend’s box office

By From page A9 | October 09, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Hostages, high school, homicide and hijackers are the focus of this week’s nationwide box office openings Friday.

Ben Affleck stars in “Argo,” a drama about the Iranian hostage crisis. Affleck’s character is an extractor called upon to pose as a Hollywood film producer scouting locations in Iran. It’s rated R.

Kevin James and Salma Hayek start in “Here Comes the Boom,” the story of a high school biology teacher who moonlights as a mixed-martial-arts competitor to raise money for the school’s music program. It’s rated PG.

“Seven Psychopaths” features Colin Farrell as a writer in search of a story to tie-in with his catchy title. Enter his two buddies, who make a living out of kidnapping rich people’s dogs then returning them to collect the reward. Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson are also featured in the film, which is rated R.

“Sinister” stars Ethan Hawke as a true crime novelist who realizes why a family was murdered in his new home. It’s rated R.

Opening in limited release are:

Ron Perlman and Chris Noth star in “3, 2, 1 … Frankie Go Boom,” about a guy who thinks he’s free of his brother’s humiliation. Then a sex tape is discovered. It’s not rated.

“Atlas Shrugged,” rated PG-13, centers on the world’s mounting energy crisis, a dead motor that may hold hope and the motor’s missing inventor.

“Gayby,” not rated, is the tale of two 30-somethings who want to make good on a youthful promise to have a child together.

“Grave Encounters 2” focuses on the search for a missing “actor” from the first “Grave Encounters.” It’s not rated.

A veteran coming home to a broken marriage and uncertain future is the subject of “Least Among Saints,” which is rated R.

“Middle of Nowhere,” rated R, chronicles a woman caught between two worlds and two men. It won the best director award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

John Krasinski stars in “Nobody Walks.” It’s about a young artist, who upon her arrival, forces her host family to confront their own fears and desires. It’s rated R.

“Smashed,” rated R, focuses on an elementary school teacher with a a serious alcohol problem.

A mentally fragile woman must decide if she is losing her mind or becoming the victim of a demented serial killer in “Smiley.” It’s not rated.

A war correspondent, taken hostage by the Taliban, is at the center of the plot of “Special Forces.” It’s rated R.

“War of the Buttons,” rated PG-13, is set in occupied France during World War II. The plot centers on children who have to put aside their own conflicts to protect a young Jewish girl.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0180 or visit http://www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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