Probably the last thing Bob Zemeckis did that could truly be considered “good,” before he wandered into the mo-cap wilderness to flounder away whatever filmmaking goodwill he’d accrued to that point. And there was a lot of it following this adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel, featuring one of Jodie Foster’s best performances as Dr. Ellie Arroway, a researcher who becomes an astronaut in order to finally meet the extraterrestrial life she’s been trying to communicate with all her life. For this 20th anniversary screening, Contact will be introduced by former SETI director (and Ellie inspiration) Dr. Jill Tarter, who will be signing copies of her biography, Making Contact.


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