When Robert Redford was a little- known actor in the early 1960s, he turned down a $10,000-per- week offer to star in a TV series. A short time later, he accepted a $110 weekly salary for a role in a new Neil Simon play that would soon be renamed “Barefoot in the Park.”
In the early 1970s, a U.S. group known as the Weather Underground detonated small bombs at the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Capitol to protest the Vietnam War. They gave advance warning to avoid casualties.
So there is Russ Girling, TransCanada Corp.’s chief executive officer, tubing giddily through a meandering oil pipeline, crude oil streaking his face, cackling about how a “little old-fashioned lying” got a gullible American public to buy into his Keystone XL pipeline.
Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” is as harrowing as its subject demands. No mainstream movie since “Schindler’s List” has merged worthy sentiment and grueling sadism with such powerfully disturbing sweep.
As a director, Robert Redford has a somber touch; he likes his images clean and autumnal. In “The Company You Keep,” Susan Sarandon and Julie Christie join him as Vietnam-era radicals who have been living under assumed names ever since their group was involved in a botched bank robbery.