Director Santiago Mitre delivers a powerful film with “Argentina, 1985,” from a script by Mariano Llinas. The film is based on true events, specifically the trial of the Juntas with actor Ricardo Darin playing chief prosecutor Julio Ceasar Strassera.

Julio is tasked with prosecuting the top military generals accountable for their crimes against humanity. These crimes include kidnapping, torturing, interrogating, and killing thousands of Argentine citizens who were branded “radical communists.”

Julio has the eyes of the world on him and there’s plenty of challenges outside the court room, including near-constant death threats for him and his family. The movie has impactful testimony and it’s swiftly pace, not allowing for the audience take their attention from the screen. Fortunately, Llinas’ script has comic relief to keep things from being wholly consumed by the dark subject matter.

“Argentina, 1985” is a relevant and rousing courtroom drama that is a call to action against the inhumanity that comes with abuse of power. With rising authoritarian movements across the globe, this is a film that must reach the widest possible audience. It’s a testament to everyday citizens doing heroic, meaningful work and Mitre should be applauded for crafting such a poignant film.

Letter Grade: A-

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Byron Burton is the Awards Editor and Chief Critic at Awards Focus and a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award winning journalist for his work at The Hollywood Reporter.

Byron is a voting member of the Television Academy, Critics Choice Association, and the Society of Composers & Lyricists (the SCL) for his work on Marvel's X-Men Apocalypse (2016). Working as a journalist and moderator, Byron hosts Emmy and Oscar panels for the major studios, featuring their Below The Line and Above The Line nominees (in partnership with their respective guilds).

Moderating highlights include Ingle Dodd's "Behind the Slate" Screening Series and their "Spotlight Live" event at the American Legion in Hollywood. Byron covered the six person panel for Universal's "NOPE" as well as panels for Hulu's "Pam & Tommy Lee" and "Welcome to Chippendales" and HBO Max's "Barry" and "Euphoria."

For songwriters and composers, Byron is a frequent moderator for panels with the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) as well as The ArcLight's Hitting the High Note Oscar series.

Byron's panels range from FX's Fargo to Netflix's The Crown, The Queen's Gambit, The Witcher & Bridgerton; HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Succession, Insecure, & Lovecraft Country; Amazon Studios' The Legend of Vox Machina, Wild Cat, & Annette; and Apple TV+s Ted Lasso, Bad Sisters, and 5 Days at Memorial.

In February of 2020, Byron organized and hosted the Aiding Australia Initiative; launched to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife (an estimated 3 billion animals killed or maimed and a landmass the size of Syria decimated).

Participating talent for Aiding Australia includes Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Josh Brolin, Bryan Cranston, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, JK Simmons, Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Danny Elfman, Tim Burton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Tim Allen, Colin Hay, Drew Struzan, and Michael Rosenbaum.

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