“Argo” Washington D.C. Premiere

Probably not the first name you would have thought of a month ago. But “Argo” proved that Affleck is a major filmmaker, and showed he could step deftly from the intimate drama of “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town” into much a larger and more complicated project. Plus it would allow him to redeem himself with fanboys following the debacle of “Daredevil.”

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