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I realize the film "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is rather obscure, especially compared to some of the larger holiday fare. But it’s truly worth seeing, if for no other reason than seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman’s masterful performance.

Hoffman plays an absolutely despicable character — with just about every vice imaginable. But his acting is so convincing, I actually felt a certain amount of empathy for him. Despite all the chaos he’s created for himself — and his family members — I kept hoping he’d find a way to redeem himself.

— B.G. Closway, Rochester

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