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  • The Candidate 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Mar, 2015

    Michael Ritchie's political satire The Candidate thrives on a sharp, incisive script from Jeremy Larner and a deceptively complex performance from leading man Robert Redford. The '70s were dominated by actors like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, but Redford's less intense approach offered its own rewards, though he always felt like someone more fitted to the decade prior. His performance as Bill McKay, the eponymous contender in the race for U.S. Senate, may not seem like much on the…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977

    ★★★ Watched 24 Feb, 2015

    For a guy who's always been so focused on families, Steven Spielberg sure has trouble writing and directing them. The middle section of Close Encounters of the Third Kind is bogged down thanks to some of the most atrociously grating characters of the filmmaker's career in the form of Teri Garr's wife Ronnie to Richard Dreyfuss' Roy Neary and their children, but thankfully it's surrounded on both sides by magnificent work of true wonder. For all of his follies (and…

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