U.S., 2007, 123 min, Digital, Dir. Sidney Lumet, Rated R, THINKFilm
"Robustly directed from Kelly Masterson's bear-trap screenplay and lit up with a number of live-wire performances ... The movie grabs hold and runs you through the ringer." – J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Bonds of blood run sour in Lumet's powerful last feature, when money troubles push brothers (a shattering and conflicted Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman) to rob their own parents' jewelry shop. Rivetingly edited in non-chronological order, one bad choice gives rise to mayhem as things spiral horrifyingly out of control. Tense with the atmosphere of classic tragedy, Lumet finds devastating moral corruption in the most sacred of places. Also starring Albert Finley, Marisa Tomei, and Amy Ryan.
For a half-a-century he made some of your favorite American movies. For Sidney Lumet, the work was the thing and his craft, self-effacing. Though his films earned a combined total of 46 Oscar nominations, it was not until he received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar - for his "brilliant service to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture" six years before his death in 2005 that the coveted statuette eluded him. With the revealing self-portrait, By Sidney Lumet, and seven of his most beloved films, CGAC pays long overdue tribute to an American master and his classics.
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