The Old Man and the Gun 1.0 stars

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If Clint Eastwood’s barely reformed killer was Unforgiven, Robert Redford is unrepentant in this love letter to…Robert Redford. He plays a friendly old-timer who’s just a lovable rascal at heart, a man serenely happy in his work — which happens to be bank robbing — and supremely gifted at slipping away from the consequences of his choices, criminal and otherwise. Pity the poor schlub of a cop (Casey Affleck) who gets put on his tail: despite the loving wife and adorable kid, his law and order lifestyle will never compare to the devil-may-care joyride his nemesis makes of life, even as the shadows begin to lengthen and the law starts to close in. As his partners in crime, Tom Waits and Danny Glover don’t do much in the way of advancing the story, illuminating Redford’s character, or even helping to pull off his capers (he mostly seems to work alone). But they’re still delightful to be around, and they seem to be having a good time, which is more than can be said for Sissy Spacek, who gets the thankless job of standing in for the audience and falling in love with a man who is busy being pleased with himself. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

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