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The Company You Keep 

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Journalists can be such insufferable pricks sometimes. Or so thinks the former domestic terrorist trying to put his past behind him in the quite watchable The Company You Keep. Small-town newspaperman Shia LaBeouf's fuming with professional jealousy when a former Weather Underground activist is arrested in his own Albany backyard. Making amends to his editor, he starts investigating her past and soon unravels the identity of a successful lawyer and single father (Robert Redford, who also directs). Redford's as strong a screen presence as ever, here leading a heavyweight cast of veterans which includes everyone from Susan Sarandon to Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Richard Jenkins, Julie Christie and Sam Elliott. LaBeouf's dogged hunt for old documents offers a nice contrast to the slow manhunt of Redford continually evading the FBI. The Company You Keep shows that even when you wage a war of ideals, the cost can be very high.

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