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"Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" *** 1/2

Got a chance to see another masterpiece Sunday by The Master, Sidney Lumet ("The Pawnbroker", "Network", "Serpico", "Dog Day Afternoon, etc. etc. etc.!). The story of one very dysfunctional family and how the perfect crime turns horribly wrong is an amazing achievement for the elder director and first time screenwriter Kelly Masterson. The story and its technique (think "Pulp Fiction" without the timeframe confusions) will hold you spellbound and the acting by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei are top notch. Not surprisingly, "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" is receiving GREAT reviews (88% and 92% on RT). Seeing this, "Lars & The Real Girl, "American Gangster", and "Michael Clayton" within the last couple of weeks is almost too much to ask! I'm in true cinema heaven. Only the 25th anniversary of "Blade Runner" awaits!!

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