8.30PM, GO! ★★★★
Brilliant thriller Argo tells the staggering true story of a world superpower that turned to the movies to get out of trouble. At the height of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, six US Embassy staff evade capture by militant extremists. As they continue to hide in secret in Tehran, a CIA agent (Ben Affleck) concocts a bizarre scheme to bring them home. Posing as a film producer, the spy must persuade the Iranians that he intends to shoot a bizarre sci-fi film in their country. It is no small compliment to hail Argo as one heck of an efficient movie machine. The product it churns out – packed not only with gripping drama, but great comedy as well – just cannot fail to impress.