Close Encounters of the Third Kind ★★★★★

In Steven Spielberg's first genuinely great film, Richard Dreyfuss plays a family man who has a "close encounter" with a UFO, and is eventually drawn into an elaborate secret plan hatched by the government to communicate with the extraterrestrials. 

This is a terrific family picture, filmed with a wide-eyed, childlike wonder by Spielberg, and is thoroughly engrossing and even frightening (by PG standards). The unforgettable climax, with the abduction of Dreyfuss' kid and the landing of the spaceship, is awe-inspiring and emotionally soaring.

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