A Most Wanted Man 4.0 stars

Most Wanted Man movie poster

A Chechen Muslim enters Hamburg in the guise of a homeless man seeking asylum and captures the attention of intelligence operative Philip Seymour Hoffman’s anti­terror unit. Based on a John le Carré novel, this is the sharpest, most reasonable tale of espionage and intrigue since John Boorman’s Tailor of Panama. Those who find excitement in dry­-as­-a­-crumpet­-fart British spy snoozers like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will want to stay away; too much excitement is bad for the heart. The cast of international all­stars — most notably Rachel McAdams holding her own with a determined Russian accent — is uniformly exquisite. Kudos to director Anton Corbijn for rebounding from his last effort, the unmitigated Clooney debacle, The American. This was to be Hoffman’s last role. If had to make an early exit, at least he did it with style. With Robin Wright, Nina Hoss, and Martin Wuttke. 2014.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770

Monday, September 22

11:55am, 2:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:20pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, September 23

11:55am, 2:25pm, 4:50pm, 7:20pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, September 24

11:55am, 2:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:20pm, 9:50pm

Landmark La Jolla Village

8879 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 858-453-7622

Monday, September 22

1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, September 23

1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, September 24

1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, September 25

1:40pm, 4:20pm, 10:00pm

Regal Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Monday, September 22

1:45pm, 4:25pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, September 23

1:45pm, 4:25pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, September 24

1:45pm, 4:25pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

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