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Robert Redford’s 'The Company You Keep' isn't bad, but could've used some help from two guys named Sidney

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It's nice to see a movie that reflects on recent history and the consequences of taking a principled stand, and The Company You Keep clearly wants to touch on a generational clash of ideals. “I don’t believe in either side,” LaBeouf smugly snaps at Redford, who cracks back, “I suppose that makes you fair and balanced?” It's a good exchange but unfortunately that's all it is. Their confrontations are too brief and lay at the fringes of the plot rather than embedded within the narrative. Which is a shame, because we could really use more movies where the Boomer generation attempts to explain itself to those who are now assuming adulthood. For decades, they've mostly been talking to themselves.

The Company You Keep

Dir. Robert Redford; writ. Lem Dobbs, Neil Gordon; feat. Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon (R)

Opens April 26 at Regal and Santikos locations

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