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Veteran director Sidney Lumet sends Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke to Westchester for a botched robbery in this grim family crime drama scripted by playwright Kelly Masterson. “It’s a hell of story,” Lumet boasted at the press conference following the New York Film Festival screening, “it’s masterfully plotted.”

The rest of my review of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is up on About.com.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Sidney Lumet, 2007. **