Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke star as loser brothers who are strapped for cash

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke star as loser brothers who are strapped for cash. Increasingly desperate – Hoffman is fiddling the books where he works and Hawke is having an affair with Hoffman’s wife (Marisa Tomei) – they plot a seemingly foolproof robbery of the jewellery shop owned by their parents (Albert Finney and Rosemary Harris) – with inevitably tragic results.

Director Sidney Lumet turns in a smashing, twisty, nerve-jangling and impeccably acted thriller, commandingly told in a teasing flashback form.