Liam Neeson's 60-year-old action star schtick proved victorious for another weekend, as Taken 2 held on to the box office's top spot with $22.5 million. It's down 55% since last weekend, but it's already earned $88.3 million in ten days. Not bad, and more than enough to generate interest in a third film.
Argo is Sesame Street for grownups. It's a history lesson that goes down like candy, a recreation of a little-known component of the Iran hostage crisis rendered into a breathless two-hour thriller. It's brilliant and clear, intense and hysterical and its moments of profundity are there for the consuming, should you be interested in that sort of thing. It also offers more of a visceral thrill than anything else I've seen this year or during most years. It's diabolical infotainment.
The new, very well-reviewed Ben Affleck film Argo opens tomorrow. Argo tells the true story of how the C.I.A. cooked up a fake science fiction movie in order to sneak six Americans hiding in the homes of Canadian diplomats out of Tehran during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Watch the trailer here.