Tag Archive: Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The nonsense continues in this conclusion to the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, which like many of the adventure sagas aimed at young people ends with far more… Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

B (out of 5) The land of Panem is a dire place to be after our heroine Katniss has destroyed the Hunger Games, rendering the country just as humorless as it was before… Continue reading

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A Most Wanted Man

BBBB (out of 5) Another John Le Carre adaptation, which we recognize as being his because the spies can’t enjoy their coffee and their clothing is never ironed, but better executed and far more exciting… Continue reading

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Doubt

BBBB (out of 5) Tradition clashes with modern thinking at a Catholic school run by nuns in 1960s New York City. Priest Philip Seymour Hoffman gives sermons that capture and stir the emotions… Continue reading

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Patch Adams

BB (out of 5) This shamelessly maudlin comedy/drama that is “based on a true story”.  Robin Williams gives a performance that basically copies his own formula from such hits as Dead Poets Society and… Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

BB.5 (out of 5) The girl who survived the Shirley Jackson-meets-Mad Max spectacle of the first film is back in mundane rehash that barely passes for a sequel.  Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss finds herself… Continue reading

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Red Dragon

BBB (out of 5) Taking place right before the events depicted in The Silence of the Lambs, this new chapter in the fascination with Hannibal Lecter has Anthony Hopkins return in the role of… Continue reading

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Moneyball

BBB (out of 5) With the Oakland Athletics soon to suffer the loss of star players and the ball club not in its pinkest years, general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) has to… Continue reading

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Capote

BBBB (out of 5) Amid the successes of his first novel Other Voices, Other Rooms and short stories (including Breakfast At Tiffany’s), Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) takes a strange turn in his… Continue reading

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When A Man Loves A Woman

BB (out of 5) Alcoholism is given the shallow Ross Hunter treatment in this silly soap opera.  Meg Ryan is happily married to Andy Garcia but can’t seem to shake her addiction to the bottle.… Continue reading

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State And Main

BB (out of 5) Ridiculously smug comedy from David Mamet, who apparently thinks that he is the only clean soul in all of Hollywood. An independent film company comes to a tiny town… Continue reading

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Owning Mahowny

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating drama that charts the true story of a Toronto bank executive (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who cooked his client’s books for two years in order to feed his own… Continue reading

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Synecdoche, New York

BB (out of 5) Charlie Kaufman decides to forgo the intelligent interpretations of his zany scribblings by the likes of Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze and here directs for the first time. Oddly… Continue reading

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The Savages

BBBB (out of 5) Two siblings, long estranged from their parents, are reunited when their aging father (Philip Bosco) is left to deal with his dementia alone after his girlfriend dies. It couldn’t… Continue reading

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Cold Mountain

BBB (out of 5) During the civil war, a soldier (Jude Law) reads a letter from the woman waiting for him (Nicole Kidman) back home and decides to leave the battlefield and head… Continue reading

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Mary And Max

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adam Elliot follows the success of his Academy Award-winning short Harvie Krumpet with a feature that maintains his unique flavor of sweet poignancy and bitter comedy. It’s based on… Continue reading

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Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

BBBB (out of 5) Any movie that opens with a shot of Philip Seymour Hoffman naked is the work of a nasty sadist who is out to punish his audience. Give this one… Continue reading

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The Getaway

BB.5 (out of 5) Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (at the time an offscreen couple as well) remake the 1972 Sam Peckinpah action film starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. Basinger helps Baldwin break out… Continue reading

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Strangers With Candy

BB.5 (out of 5) Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello‘s boundary-challenging television show makes it to the big screen in this often hilarious but mostly shallow prequel to the events that take place… Continue reading

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25th Hour

BBB (out of 5) Spike Lee’s bittersweet love poem to the Big Apple is a dark, brooding tale of hope and redemption. Edward Norton gives a fine performance as a drug dealer who has… Continue reading

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Twister

BBB.5 (out of 5) Leave it to Hollywood to make a film about natural disasters and still find a way to insert a hammy villain. Awe-inspiring visual and sound effects do more than… Continue reading

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Charlie Wilson’s War

BB.5 (out of 5) A minor Texas congressman (Tom Hanks) finds himself inspired by a gutsy society dame (Julia Roberts) to get involved in post-Soviet invaded Afghanistan and help the country defend itself… Continue reading

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Almost Famous

BBBB (out of 5) Cameron Crowe does a great job with this wonderful tribute to rock-and-roll of the seventies with an ensemble cast that ranges from terrific (Fairuza Balk really stands out) to… Continue reading

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The Big Lebowski

BB (out of 5) Annoying Coen brothers film about mistaken identity has reprehensible loafer Jeff Bridges taking the heat from kidnappers when he is mistaken for a rich man with the same name… Continue reading

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Scent Of A Woman

BB.5 (out of 5) Al Pacino has given so many overdone, hammy performances since making this overlong drama that it has finally revealed his role here to be the feel-good schlock that it is.… Continue reading

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

BBBBB (out of 5) Fantastic tribute to Alfred Hitchcock movies features a letter-perfect performance from Matt Damon as the titular villain, a man whose loneliness and poverty render him useless among 1950s American aristocracy, therefore… Continue reading

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The Ides Of March

BB.5 (out of 5) This tepid, underwhelming political drama stands on the shoulders of better films without adding anything new. Ryan Gosling is the idealistic assistant to a Democratic campaign manager (Philip Seymour… Continue reading

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Nobody’s Fool

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Terrific family drama, with Paul Newman as a construction worker who abandoned wife and kids decades earlier when life got too complicated for him. Now he lives blocks away from his family… Continue reading

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Happiness

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent drama that examines three sisters as they survive the hellhole life that is to be had in New Jersey. Jane Adams is the unwittingly optimistic woman who goes from… Continue reading

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A Late Quartet

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman have been successfully performing as a string quartet for twenty five seasons when this intelligent and sober but richly absorbing film… Continue reading

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The Master

BBBBB (out of 5) Paul Thomas Anderson follows his superb There Will Be Blood with another look at the pulling of wills between two very different men. Joaquin Phoenix survives the horrors of World… Continue reading

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Punch-Drunk Love

BBBBB (out of 5) Adam Sandler plays a self-employed California businessman whose quiet life goes ballistic in three different ways: firstly, he becomes obsessed with a product promotion involving a points-based giveaway that… Continue reading

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Boogie Nights

BBB (out of 5) No matter how well shot, designed and acted it is, by the end of P.T. Anderson’s porn-in-the-70s epic, patience runs out. Mark Wahlberg is perfectly cast as a busboy who… Continue reading

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Magnolia

BBBBB (out of 5) Moving tribute to broken hearts and missed opportunities, with Paul Thomas Anderson presenting a wide assortment of residents in the San Fernando Valley who struggle from their lowest points… Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible III

BBB.5 (out of 5) In 1996, megastar Tom Cruise worked overtime for his audiences, providing us with the slam bang action of Mission: Impossible and giving us a glimpse into his tender soul with… Continue reading

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