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New Releases: 'Quartet,' Dustin Hoffman's love letter to the arts
New Releases: 'Quartet,' Dustin Hoffman's love letter to the arts

Quartet TWC/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this heartwarming dramedy, an adaptation of Ronald Harwood's play about a retirement home for accomplished musicians. Maggie Smith plays a difficult diva who might be able to help save the home if she can get over her pride and perform at a benefit concert with her old troupe (played by Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins). Plotwise, "Quartet" is pretty predictable and strikes a tone that ranges from overly staid to overly kooky, similar to Smith's 2012 surprise hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." But Hoffman...

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