In the Dark

False Redeemers

The Last Castle
Produced and distributed by DreamWorks
Directed by Rod Lurie
Screenplay by David Scarpa

Training Day
Produced by Outlaw Productions
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Screenplay by David Ayer
Released by Warner Bros.

American film would be poorer without Robert Redford.  As an actor and as a director,  he has given us some vastly entertaining movies along with a handful of genuinely original and challenging dramas.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973) will never lose their appeal.  The Candidate (1972) is arguably the best film ever made about the inner workings of a political campaign.  Two or three of his directing efforts have deservedly attained classic status, especially Quiz Show (1994), his ingenious examination of America’s class structure through the prism of early television.  Yet, as an actor, Redford can be exasperating.  He often seems to be condescending to his characters, holding back as if he thought it gauche to be too intense.  True, this self-regarding reticence has worked in some films.  It added a element of mystery to The Natural (1984).  In other films, however, he seems puritanically aloof, a man who doesn’t want to soil his hands in the mess of other peoples’ lives. ...

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