Tag: Dustin Hoffman

  • The New “Papillon” Makes Its Break With Fresh Intensity and Emotion

    Shit-streaked, blood-soaked, and mud-caked, the French penal colony inmates of Papillon make for a compellingly sorry spectacle — men reduced to the status of animals, their bodies and faces turning to dirty, leathery sinew before our eyes. It’s impressive, and imperative: Seeing them like this makes the necessity of escape that much more critical. How […]

  • There’s Nothing Funny About Turning Women Into a Punchline

    Earlier this month, yet another story surfaced of a famous man abusing his power. In the Hollywood Reporter, actress Kathryn Rossetter described serial sexual harassment behind the scenes of a 1983 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, at the hands of her co-star, Dustin Hoffman. At parties after the performances, she writes, when posing […]

  • Seriously, Adam Sandler Triumphs in “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

    Adam Sandler’s core as a performer has always been his self-loathing. In his best comedies, he weaponizes it with humiliating ruthlessness. (In his worst ones, it wafts pathetically off him like the day-after stink of a drunkard.) Now, he’s given the performance of his life in Noah Baumbach’s free-spirited and likable The Meyerowitz Stories (New […]

  • Quartet

    A decorous gathering of dames and other knighted U.K. doyens, Quartet centers on the residents of Beecham House, a baronial residence for retired musicians. Former conductor Cedric (Michael Gambon), bedecked in a series of fantastic caftans and charged with organizing the annual gala fundraiser, determines that the reunion of the foursome who shone in a […]


    Before actors like James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Adam Sandler became A-list stars, Dustin Hoffman, Elliott Gould, and Barbra Streisand led the way as Jewish American pioneers in film. Hollywood’s “Jew Wave,” a new series co-programmed by Scott Foundas and the Voice’s own J. Hoberman, highlights films such as Annie Hall, Funny Girl, and The […]

  • Ishtar

    Dir. Elaine May (1987). Elaine May’s droll film maudit is the most adroit political satire to emerge from Hollywood during the Iran-Contra stupefaction of Reagan’s second term and all too aware of its existential pathos. The image of two clowns (Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty) crawling around the Sahara in the company of a blind […]

  • Little Big Man

    Dir. Arthur Penn (1970).        Arthur Penn’s epic anti-western may not be any less politically correct than Dancing With Wolves, but it’s a helluva lot funnier. Aging from 20 to 112 over the course of the movie, Dustin Hoffman gives his most engaging stunt performance. Sat., Dec. 4, 1:45 p.m., 2010

  • The Title Says It All in Sports Doc Jews and Baseball

    Delivering exactly what its dry truth-in-advertising title promises, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story provides a dutiful history lesson on the contributions to the national pastime by 20th-century Jewish immigrants. Blandly narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Peter Miller’s nonfiction film posits baseball as a vehicle for personal and societal transformation, in that it helped Jews […]


    Benny and Josh Safdie are a couple of young filmmaker brothers (yes, more of those) on the rise. Their feature debut The Pleasure of Being Robbed, which follows a female kleptomaniac on the Lower East Side, was the closing-night film (and the only American film) at the 2008 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, a series that launched […]

  • The Worst Chemistry In Screen History?

    Which onscreen couple emitted so few romantic sparks that when they finally started doing the horizontal mambo, you were vertical and on your way out the door? I can think of one. ] Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in last year’s would-be romantic dramedy Last Chance Harvey. I know that the point of the film […]