Ben Affleck

Gone Girl

Honestly, even at nearly two-and-a-half hours long, there’s nary a wasted second or throwaway scene or drawn-out sequence that could have been snipped in director David Fincher’s dark and enthralling big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller. Every moment matters, and all of them are fantastically complex, compelling and completely twisted. Full disclosure: I’m one of …

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The Town

I remember seeing the trailer for The Town when it was coming to theaters. A bunch of masked Boston-Irish bank robbers hold up a bank and take the bank manager hostage. They kidnap her on the getaway and release her, successfully pulling off their heist in the process. But later, one of the robbers, checking …

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Runner Runner

Whenever I see pop-up ads for online poker, I just ignore their flashing relentlessness. Shoot, I never even thought that they were ever considered legit. But the thing is, online gaming is a hugely popular multi-billion dollar industry that the regulators can’t quite control. Richie (Justin Timberlake), like his poor old dad, is a gambler. …

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Argo

I was 9 years old when the Iran hostage crisis happened in November 1979. The American diplomats, captured in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, were held for 444 days. I was almost 11 when they were released. My memory of the incident was seeing the same image on the news every night, of a man …

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