Matthew Lickona 2:02 p.m., Sept. 23
The Company You Keep
Arrogant rookie reporter Ben Sheperd (Shia LaBeouf) sets out to make history by exposing a former member of the Weather Underground, currently on the run from the law for a murder he allegedly committed 30 years ago. Nick Sloan (Redford) apparently learned more from watching action movies than his time spent as a member of the radicalized anti-war movement. Just when you think the heat has the drop on him, Sloan pops on his cheaters, tugs down the brim of his baseball cap, and slips into the Amtrak lavatory. It's routine moves like this that prevents The Company You Keep from ever rising above anything more than a standard thriller, obviously inspired by one of Redford's past hits. It's probably starchy Redford's finest directorial hour and still nothing to get worked up over. Credit DP Adriano Goldman (City of Men, Sin Nombre) for giving the film its hard-edged look. 2013.
- Big Screen review • April 16, 2013