Tag Archives: Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Mercifully shorter than its predecessors, “Mockingjay” nonetheless has a low thrills-to-doldrums ratio, with really only one action sequence to carry momentum. Continue reading

Nick’s Top 25 Movies of 2014

From what was an uncannily great year for movies, Nick picks his 25 favorites of 2014. Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is pretty much more of the same, if you like that sort of thing. Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The sequel to the YA smash hit is curiously emotionless and turgid, wallowing in exposition until the arrows start flying. Continue reading

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The Master

Audiences and critics didn’t quite know what to make of “The Master,” but it’s an ambitious if flawed piece of cinematic grandiosity. Continue reading

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A Late Quartet

Despite a slightly odd bit of casting, this ode to dysfunction, insecurity and endless politics among performers hits all the right notes. Continue reading

Mastering “The Master”

In our new podcast, Austin Lugar and Christopher Lloyd attempt to puzzle out the hidden meanings — if any — behind the grandiose but head-scratching “The Master.” Continue reading

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The Ides of March

Inevitability is a quality that may work when it comes to winning elections, but it turns otherwise promising political films into cinematic also-rans. Continue reading

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The best performance of Brad Pitt’s career brings this behind-the-game drama to life. Continue reading

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Happiness (1998)

The polar opposite of populist fare, “Happiness” is a compelling look at the rotting “picket-fence American Dream.” Continue reading

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