A Most Wanted Man

Aug 8 - 14
Fri - Sun: 1:30, 4:15, 7 & 9:20
Mon: 1:30, 4:15 & 9:20
Tue - Thu: 1:30, 4:15, 7 & 9:20

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman gives his final screen performance in this taut yet labyrinthine adaptation of John LeCarre's 2008 spy novel. In the years immediately following 9/11, Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) is a counter-terrorist expert based in Hamburg, who operates as a rogue agent, independently of the Grenzschutzgruppe 9 der Bundespolizei (GSG-9). He specializes in bringing down jihadists, and as the story opens, he begins to fixate on a Chechnyan immigrant newly arrived in town laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune. Intelligence is both the subject and the approach of director Anton Corbijn who casts a cynical yet compassionate eye on the complexities of counterterrorist work in the post-9/11 era. Adopting the same cool, methodical approach that he did in his offbeat The American, Corbijn succeeds here in large part because his attention to nuance and detail so fully complements that of the German operatives at the story’s core. The contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene also features Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Willem Dafoe. (R, 121 mins.)