Dir. Larry Cohen (1976).
Cohen’s remarkable, if flawed, anti-Close Encounters opens with an alien divinity terrorizing midtown Manhattan by inspiring random sniper attacks, then spins into a fantastic yarn about repressed bisexuality, plutocratic cabals, and municipal corruption. There’s also a tormentingly devout cop who arrived, like Superman, from outer space—but doesn’t know it.
Sun., Oct. 23, 7 p.m., 2011