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COOL OFF AT THE MOVIES AND SEE "A MOST WANTED MAN" AND THEN LUNCH


The late Philip Seymour Hoffman will show up again onscreen in the supporting cast of the next Hunger Games. But the last full-scale Hoffman performance – and it's a master class in acting – comes in A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn's tense, twisty and terrific spy thriller, based on John le Carré's 2008 novel. Hoffman, who died in February, plays Günther Bachmann, a German intelligence operative. Since 9/11, Günther has been heading a small-scale spy unit that tracks the Muslim community in Hamburg, where the attack on America was formulated.

Corbijn (The American), working from a tightly packed script by Andrew Bovell, relishes lighting a long fuse to maximize suspense. The focus is on Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a newly arrived Chechen-Russian who hires human-rights lawyer Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams) to collect his father's fortune from a German bank run by Thomas Brue (Willem Dafoe). Is Issa's motive greed or to fund terrorism?

Günther wants to know. So does everyone else in the spy racket, including the CIA, in the person of Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright). The cat-and-mouse game Hoffman plays with Wright is splendidly done.

Then again, every move Ho ffman makes subtly rivets attention. There's the uncanny German accent, the boozing, the chain-smoking, the glances at his assistant (Nina Hoss), the secret life he keeps hidden and the betrayals even Günther can't see coming. Ho ffman is simply magnificent. Face it. We won't see his like again.


AT NOON, WE WILL MEET FOR LUNCH AT THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY.  ALL NOT GOING TO THE MOVIE CAN MEET US THERE FOR LUNCH, JUST LOOK FOR US!!!  

PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU ARE JUST COMING FOR LUNCH.  ALSO, BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE IN MOVIES, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CHANGING YOUR RSVP.




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  • Cindy G.

    I am so sorry, Debby, did you walk around as I had to do that until I found them as I came a little later than the others.

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to the Cheesecake Factory but could not find any of the group. Sorry I missed you!

    August 2, 2014

  • Elizebeth L.

    Love Phillip Seymour Hoffman, good food and great company! Nice to meet you Mary.

    August 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to cancel at last minute but trying to do 10 things at once. May try to catch up with you at Cheesecake Factory!

    August 1, 2014

  • Cindy G.

    If anyone wants to meet us at the Cheesecake Factory, we will be there around Noon. Let me know.

    July 31, 2014

  • Cindy G.

    See all 7 of you tomorrow at around 10:15 am!!!!

    July 31, 2014

  • Marilyn T.

    I'm going to have to cancel I have an Dr. appointment at that time.

    July 31, 2014

  • Vasantha

    I am so glad everything went well, Elizabeth!

    July 30, 2014

  • Elizebeth L.

    Thankfully I will be there. All went well.

    July 30, 2014

  • Vasantha

    Sounds like fun. And it is so close to me too! But Aug 1 is too soon for me. Just beginning to feel better! Trying to not overdo anything so that I can see you all at Lavina's. Again, thank you all for all your good thoughts for me.

    July 26, 2014

    • Cindy G.

      So happy you feel better, hope to see you!

      July 30, 2014

  • Cindy G.

    SHUCKS, JUST CALLED THE HARKINS AND THEY WILL NOT BE SHOWING "MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT" AS INDICATED ONLINE. I AM SO ANNOYED AND SORRY. TOMORROW I WILL POST THE TIME FOR THE SEYMOR HOFFMAN'S LAST FILM WHICH IS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED.....A MOST WANTED MAN....AND HOPEFULLY, YOU WILL STILL WANT TO COME AND THEN ENJOY THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY. IF ANYONE OF YOU WANT TO SEE ANOTHER MOVIE OTHER THAN THIS ONE, EMAIL ME.

    July 29, 2014

    • Jo A.

      Actually love the new choice.

      July 29, 2014

  • Mary

    Do we meet inside the theatre?

    July 25, 2014

    • Cindy G.

      Yes, as stated above, inside before we go through ticket line. Looking forward to meeting you, Mary.

      1 · July 25, 2014

    • Cindy G.

      Mary, I am a short, blondish and short hair and have a pretty cane. Look for me!

      1 · July 29, 2014

  • Vasantha

    I am sending my thoughts and prayers to your mom for the procedure to go well and wishing her quick recovery, Elizabeth! It was a real pleasure meeting you at our last Coffee and Chat.

    July 28, 2014

    • Elizebeth L.

      Thanks very much. And I hope we will get a chance to visit more next time.

      July 29, 2014

  • Elizebeth L.

    I'm saying yes, however my mom is having a fairly serious procedure 2 days before. I'm going to play it by ear. Hope I can make up.

    July 27, 2014

  • Margie

    Just got word that I will be babysitting my granddaughter. The day care will be closed this Fri. Ugh. Was looking forward to see u all at Cheese Factory. : (

    July 28, 2014

  • Margie

    Sounds like a good idea, but I don't care for either movies. For lunch, I love Cheesecake Factory ; )

    July 24, 2014

    • Margie

      Okay, Where are you going for lunch ? Cheesecake(?)

      July 26, 2014

    • Cindy G.

      Yep, Margie.

      July 26, 2014

  • Marilyn T.

    Magic In The Moonlight For lunch Cheesecake factory

    July 25, 2014

  • Jo A.

    Magic in the Moonlight

    July 24, 2014

  • Patricia C. L.

    Magic in the Moonlight

    July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will go some other time. Don't think I would like Planet of the Apes, and I would have to have Sex Tape explained to me after all these years. ha See you at the pot luck.....

    July 23, 2014

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