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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
117 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/26/07
performer:
Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei
director:
Sidney Lumet
distributor:
THINKFilm
author:
Kelly Masterson
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

In Sidney Lumet’s mesmerizing crime drama, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke give seismic performances as brothers who rob their parents’ jewelry store — a heist that goes spectacularly wrong. Structured like a post-Tarantino mind-bender, it’s more like a great film noir crossed with Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Lumet, at 83, works with the vigor and cunning of a virtuoso half his age.