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'God's Pocket' is empty of the Philip Seymour Hoffman you want
'God's Pocket' is empty of the Philip Seymour Hoffman you want

If, like me, you were hoping that "God's Pocket," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final films, would feature yet another of the actor's distinctive turns, you are fresh out of luck. Hoffman's character, Mickey Scarpato, is a guy whose luck, if he ever had any, ran out long ago. The role should have been a very good fit for an actor so skilled at submerging himself in complicated characters. But Hoffman struggles. You can see it on screen, from the downturned mouth that keeps being forgotten, to the voice that sounds colored by congestion instead of Mickey's depressingly downtrodden life. Based on Pete Dexter's grim and gripping novel about the bad breaks of...

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