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Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Leap of FaithLeap of Faith (1993)
Dir. Richard Pearce
Feat. Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich
Steve Martin plays a charismatic but crooked evangelist whose mock–miracles lead to a personal revelation. Lightweight and sentimental, but the…
Scent of a WomanScent of a Woman (1993)
Dir. Martin Brest
Feat. Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, Gabrielle Anwar
Al Pacino finally method–acts his way to Oscar glory as a blind war veteran who, with the reluctant young chaperone, ventures to New York to…
Getaway, TheGetaway, The (1993)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen
A glossy yet respectable remake of the 1972 Peckinpah thriller with real–marrieds Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in the shoes of Steve McQueen…
Money for NothingMoney for Nothing (1993)
Dir. Ramon Menendez
Feat. John Cusack, Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen
Fact–based account of an unemployed Philadelphia dockworker who scooped up US$1.2 million that fell out the back of an armoured car and decided…
Nobody's Fool (1994)
Dir. Robert Benton
Feat. Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy
An unassuming American ballad that falls between arthouse independent and Hollywood sentiment. Paul Newman ages gracefully as a stubborn old salt…
When a Man Loves a WomanWhen a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Dir. Luis Mandoki
Feat. Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Ellen Burstyn
Idyllic couple Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan test their marriage vows to the hilt when she falls victim to alcoholism. Sincere if overlong examination of…
TwisterTwister (1996)
Dir. Jan De Bont
Feat. Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Big kids and little kids will be enthralled by the special effects on offer here, though let it be said the script suffers under its obligation to…
Hard EightHard Eight (Sydney) (1996) Recommended
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Feat. Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow
Cucumber–cool first feature set in the thick of Reno's casino culture, boasts four superb character–based performances and extended…
Boogie NightsBoogie Nights (1997) Recommended
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Feat. Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds
LA's San Fernando Valley, the late '70s. Mark Wahlberg is Eddie Adams, an anatomically gifted innocent who finds his niche in the cradle of a…
Big Lebowski, TheBig Lebowski, The (1998) Recommended
Dir. Joel Coen
Feat. Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
Rolling another warped vision down the gutter, the inscrutable minds of the Coen Brothers (FARGO, RAISING ARIZONA) endow this bowling comedy with…
HappinessHappiness (1998)
Dir. Todd Solondz
Feat. Lara Flynn Boyle, Dylan Baker, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Controversial is the byword for this disturbing trawl through the sad–case lives of various American suburbanites and their families (Lara…
Next Stop, WonderlandNext Stop, Wonderland (1998) Aro Favourite
Dir. Brad Anderson
Feat. Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Hope Davis (DAYTRIPPERS) utterly captivates as a jilted blonde indisposed to the dating scene, who finds little sign of Mr. Right in the long queue…
Talented Mr. Ripley, TheTalented Mr. Ripley, The (1999)
Dir. Anthony Minghella
Feat. Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow
Dashing, murderous fun from the makers of THE ENGLISH PATIENT, fashioning another esteemable literary piece, derived here from Patricia Highsmith's…
MagnoliaMagnolia (2000)
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Feat. Tom Cruise, Jason Robards Jr., William H. Macy
A sprawling, stylistically–impressive but moribund domestic melodrama about Californian amorality and redemption (of sorts), with interleaved…
FlawlessFlawless (2000)
Dir. Joel Schumacher
Feat. Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman
After suffering a stroke that leaves him part–paralyzed, an arch–conservative, retired security guard (Robert De Niro) agrees to let a…
Almost FamousAlmost Famous (2000) Aro Favourite
Dir. Cameron Crowe
Feat. Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Kate Hudson
The best music drama yet committed to film (SPINAL TAP was a comedy), this is a vibrant and bracingly assured portrait of rock music fanaticism in…
State and MainState and Main (2000) Recommended
Dir. David Mamet
Feat. William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker
When a harried film–crew descends upon the leafy streets of Waterford, Vermont to film a period drama, the worlds of apple–pie America…
Party's Over, TheParty's Over, The (Last Party 2000) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore
A pre–9/11 political doco that still resonates loudly in the George W. Bush era, actor and “concerned citizen” Phillip Seymour Hoffman…
Red DragonRed Dragon (2002) Recommended
Dir. Brett Ratner
Feat. Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes
Betraying the odds after the lackluster “Hannibal”, this accomplished ‘prequel’ based on Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name more than…
25th Hour25th Hour (2002) Recommended
Dir. Spike Lee
Feat. Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper
Slowburning drama that revolves around the personal tensions of drug–dealer Edward Norton, whose 8–year prison term begins the next…
Love LizaLove Liza (2002) Recommended
Dir. Todd Louiso
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates
Freshly widowed after his wife’s suicide, Phillip Seymour Hoffman staggers through and downward in an endearingly wacky yet affecting portrait of…
Punch-Drunk LovePunch-Drunk Love (2002)
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Feat. Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Popular mainstream comic Adam Sandler takes a left turn for the director of MAGNOLIA and BOOGIE NIGHTS in this doggedly off–beat yet beguiling…
Cold MountainCold Mountain (2003)
Dir. Anthony Minghella
Feat. Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger
Prestige historical epic set in the closing days of the American Civil War, with a wounded confederate soldier (Law) deserting the ranks to rejoin…
Owning MahownyOwning Mahowny (2003)
Dir. Richard Kwietniowski
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt
Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars in this fact–based story of a Toronto bank manager who became legendary for gambling away millions of his…
Along Came PollyAlong Came Polly (2004)
Dir. John Hamburg
Feat. Ben Stiller, Jennifer Anniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman
A control–freak meets chaos–personified in a NYC comedy that, while utterly familiar, cannot fail due to its stars and overall…
Empire Falls (TV Mini-series)Empire Falls (TV Mini-series) (2005)
Dir. Fred Schepisi
Feat. Ed Harris, Paul Newman, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Conventional and well–handled drama series set in the once–booming factory town of Empire Falls, Maine, and mostly getting down in among…
CapoteCapote (2005) Recommended
Dir. Bennett Miller
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr.
Polished and sophisticated dramatisation of how writer Truman Capote came to research and create his seminal 'true–crime' masterpiece IN COLD…
Strangers with CandyStrangers with Candy (2005)
Dir. Paul Dinello
Feat. Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Matthew Broderick
Cinematic reprise of a cult 'Comedy Central' TV series stars a truly absurd Amy Sedaris as an ex–con–junkie–whore who after being…
Mission: Impossible 3Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)
Dir. J.J. Abrams
Feat. Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Keri Russell
Propulsive and hyper–violent third outing for Tom Cruise as US superagent Ethan Hunt, here on a globe–jetting mission to foil a vile…
Charlie Wilson's WarCharlie Wilson's War (2007)
Dir. Mike Nichols
Feat. Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tom Hanks spearheads this crisp, ever–timely political sideswipe, about a real–life Texas congressman who, together with the financial…
Before the Devil Knows You're DeadBefore the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Recommended
Dir. Sidney Lumet
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney
Intense tragi–thriller centred around a pair of hapless brothers (Hoffman and Hawke) who face devastating family consequences after a botched…
Savages, TheSavages, The (2007) Recommended
Dir. Tamara Jenkins
Feat. Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco
Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney make for convincing, disenchanted siblings in this compassionate observation of a family crisis surrounding…
DoubtDoubt (2008) Recommended
Dir. John Patrick Shanley
Feat. Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Playwright John Patrick Shanley adapts for the screen his Pulitzer Prize–winner about a nun's suspicion of sexual abuse in a Catholic school,…
Synecdoche, New YorkSynecdoche, New York (2008) Recommended
Dir. Charlie Kaufman
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener
Screenwriting extraordinaire Charlie Kaufman turns his hand to directing for the first time with another amusing existential conundrum, here enjoying…
Mary and MaxMary and Max (2008) Aro Favourite
Dir. Adam Elliot
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries
Clay–mated marvel from Australia that tells an adorable yet heart–breaking tale of friendship between an eight–year–old…
Boat That Rocked, TheBoat That Rocked, The (Pirate Radio) (2009)
Dir. Richard Curtis
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Darby
A band of rebel DJs pioneer a pirate–radio station during the swingin’ sixties in this inoffensive, Richard Curtis–directed…
Invention of Lying, TheInvention of Lying, The (2009)
Dir. Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Feat. Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill
Ricky Gervais plays leading man in this romantic comedy, set in a world where everybody tells the truth until a down on his luck writer (Gervais)…
Jack Goes Boating Jack Goes Boating (2010)
Dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz
Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this simple, affecting drama of a lonely limo driver’s quest for love and…
MoneyballMoneyball (2011) Recommended
Dir. Bennett Miller
Feat. Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
The business of professional sport is examined with cracking insight by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in this biopic of Oakland A’s manager Billy…
Ides of March, TheIdes of March, The (2011) Recommended
Dir. George Clooney
Feat. George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ryan Gosling plays an idealistic campaign worker forced to play dirty in a battle between opposing sides in a Democratic primary campaign in this…
Master, TheMaster, The (2012) Recommended
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Feat. Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Paul Thomas Anderson directs this mercurial period drama of a disaffected war veteran who falls under the spell of the charismatic leader of a…
PerformancePerformance (A Late Quartet) (2012) Recommended
Dir. Yaron Zilberman
Feat. Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman
A celebrated string quartet in New York struggle to stay together through a combination of illness and relationship woes in this nuanced ensemble…
Hunger Games: Catching FireHunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Recommended
Dir. Francis Lawrence
Feat. Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
The victors of the Hunger Games must rally at the threat of an uprising in this blockbuster sequel to Suzanne Collins's best–selling young…
God's PocketGod's Pocket (2014)
Dir. John Slattery
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro
Philip Seymour Hoffman's penultimate film finds the actor playing a blue collar everyman whose debts and strained marriage come under greater…
A Most Wanted ManA Most Wanted Man (2014) Recommended
Dir. Anton Corbijn
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a German spy in this taut John le Carré thriller about a mysterious Chechen immigrant with possible terrorist ties.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
Dir. Francis Lawrence
Feat. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Third in the series finds Katniss in District 13 fighting to save Peeta who is now a brainwashed captive of President Snow.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Recommended
Dir. Francis Lawrence
Feat. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Satisfying conclusion to the dystopian series has Katniss reunite with her friends as the war of Panem escalates.

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