It's a busy weekend at Utah movie theaters, with nine new films opening and the best of them is a sure Oscar contender.
"Argo" is an exciting thriller that melds spy intrigue with human-scaled drama and Hollywood-industry comedy. It's a true story, set in 1980 during the Iranian hostage crisis, when a CIA agent (played by Ben Affleck) proposes a daring plan to rescue six American workers who escaped the embassy invasion and hid out with the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber). The plot involves posing as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran for a never-to-be-made science-fiction movie. Affleck directs the film, cementing his reputation for creating gritty, tension-filled drama.
"Here Comes the Boom" stars Kevin James as a high-school teacher who becomes a mixed martial-arts fighter to raise money to save his school's music program. It's silly, as you might expect from the star of "Zookeeper," but it's also surprisingly sweet. (Read The Cricket's interview with Kevin James.)