How does Robert Redford cope so well with the lunch-break massacre of his CIA officemates and his own fugitive flight in Three Days of the Condor? "I read a lot of books," he explains. Indeed, this is the Encyclopedia Brown mystery of '70s paranoia movies, a springtime conspiratorial stroll compared with heavyweight menace like The Parallax View, which came out the previous year. Redford even finds time for a nap. But his oft-derided charm works like gangbusters here, allowing some seedy notes to creep into his bond with a kidnapped Faye Dunaway. Sometimes a little light reading is just the ticket. Laurelhurst.

  • Best paired with: Lucky Lab Porter.
  • Also showing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Laurelhurst, Academy).