As a franchise and a brand, Peanuts undoubtedly has value, but this particular chapter is hermetically sealed in the 1970s.
A perfect time capsule that gives a real sense of what it was like to breathe the air of a recognizable yet wholly different New York City.
It remains funny (at times uproarious), romantic, honest, and touching – all the kinds of things one wants from a smart rom-com that refuses to be guided by the genre’s tropes.
Re-released for its 40th Anniversary: "Close Encounters" is the complete package, and it shines as brightly in its latest iteration as it did in its first.
This was the movie that reshaped the industry (for better or worse); it’s possible to argue that no more important film was released during the second half of the 20th century.