Best Movies by Farr

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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What's it About

Roy Neary (Dreyfuss) is your average husband and father until a "close encounter" with an alien force begins to induce ongoing erratic behavior. Roy feels compelled to mold clay (and a few other things) into the same weird shape, and soon is moved to travel cross-country in search of a structure that resembles that shape. Once he reaches his destination, he learns he's not alone — that a whole cross-section of humanity has been touched similarly and now find themselves all in one place, awaiting an alien visitor who's summoned them there.

Why we love it

This classic science fiction entry boasts Spielberg's trademark epic sweep, and one of Dreyfuss' shining moments as the afflicted Neary. French director Truffaut is on-hand in a rare acting turn as scientist Claude Lacombe, and Melinda Dillon excels as bewildered mother Jillian, whose young son (in a petrifying scene) has already gone up in the aliens' spaceship. Don't miss this peerless spellbinder.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"