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   from the issue of December 6, 2007

'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' opens Dec. 7

The tense thriller "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," opens Dec. 7 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. The film, directed by Sidney Lumet, continues through Dec. 23.


"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is a story about a family facing the worst enemy of all - itself. Oscar-winning Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Andy, an overextended broker who lures his younger brother, Hank (Ethan Hawke), into a scheme to rob a suburban mom-and-pop jewelry store.

The problem is the store owners are the brothers' actual mother and father, and - when the seemingly perfect crime goes awry - the damage lands at the family's doorstep.

Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei plays Hoffman's trophy wife, who is having a clandestine affair with Hawke. The cast also includes Albert Finney as the family patriarch who pursues justice at all costs, completely unaware that the culprits he is hunting are his own sons.

"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is rated R, for a scene of strong graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use and language, by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Also at the Ross

The Mary Ripema Ross Media Arts Center will host a free, open to the public showing of "Heima" 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. The tour was captured in "Heima."

The film includes footage from the most remote regions of Iceland, reflections from the band and a handful of new acoustic performances.

Also showing at the Ross through Dec. 13 is "King Corn," a documentary about two friends' attempt to follow corn they raise on an acre of Iowa land through the food system. The movie is in the same vein as "Fast Food Nation" and "Super Size Me."

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