When Gregg Mottola and J.J. Abrams made their respective Spielberg pilgrimages this year with Paul and Super 8 in hand, they bypassed the most indelible quality of the master's touchstone, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Can't blame them; it was probably inimitable. Close Encounters is the movie that imagines Americans as we want to imagine ourselves, then allows that idealized version of us to meet something like the Romantic Sublime. Big words, sure, but not for nothing did Spielberg cast Francois Truffaut as the scientist who introduces the Other to the everyman. Laurelhurst.

  • Best paired with: Ninkasi Radiant Summer Ale.
  • Also showing: Dick Tracy (Academy), X-Men: First Class (Academy, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Mission).