1. Bob Roberts
Tim Robbins gets a bad rap for real-life progressive sanctimony, but he's sharp and funny in this dark satire of right-wing quote-unquote populism. Robbins plays a guitar-strumming millionaire Senate candidate who serves up a message of jingoism and devil-take-the-hindmost capitalism with a smarmy-nasty smile and songs like "The Times They are a Changin' Back." Gore Vidal plays his high-minded opponent, Brickley Paiste — even his old-fashioned patrician name tells you he hasn't got a chance.
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