Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Source: Catholic News Service
Grimly powerful, hypnotic drama about a robbery that goes horribly awry, and the tragic after-effects on two brothers (Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman) and their families (Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei, among them). Veteran director Sidney Lumet has lost none of his prowess, and this film -- heavily imbued with a mood of inexorable doom -- almost has the feel of Greek tragedy, as the narrative methodically, grippingly unfolds, and there are sensational performances by all, including Rosemary Harris, Amy Ryan and Brian F. O'Byrne. Graphic violence and murder, vengeance, two sexual encounters with rear male and upper female nudity, pervasive rough and crude language, profanity, adultery, frank sexual talk and drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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