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DOUBT (2008) - Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman

  • Apr 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Doubt (2008) - Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman

"A Catholic grade school could seem like a hermetically sealed world in 1964. That's the case with St. Nicholas in the Bronx, ruled by the pathologically severe principal Sister Aloysius [Meryl Streep], who keeps the students and nuns under her thumb and is engaged in an undeclared war with the new parish priest. Their issues may seem to center around the reforms of Vatican II, then still under way, with Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) as the progressive, but for the nun I believe it's more of a power struggle.

Gradually during the autumn semester, a situation develops. There is one African-American student at St. Nicholas, Donald Miller, and Father Flynn encourages him in sports and appoints him as an altar boy. This is all proper. Then Sister James [Amy Adams] notes that the priest summons the boy to the rectory alone. She decides this is improper behavior, and informs Aloysius, whose eyes narrow like a beast of prey. Father Flynn's fate is sealed."

- Roger Ebert

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  • janet l.

    It had been many years since I first saw this movie and it was every bit as powerful (if not more) as the first time. Even knowing the ending I was still mesmerized with the performances.

    April 10, 2014

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