Movie-O-Meter: One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Films, the Philly-Set God’s Pocket, Opens at Ritz Five

Capsule reviews of the weekend’s new movies. Should you see it, wait for DVD, or skit it altogether? We lay it out below. 

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One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films, the Philly-set “God’s Pocket,” is based on the novel by former “Daily News” columnist Pete Dexter.

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God’s Pocket: A surprisingly assured debut from first-time director John Slattery, whom you know as the white-haired, incorrigibly charming Roger Sterling from Mad Men. Not so surprisingly, the film features great performances from his actors (including Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last roles), but it’s really the carefully sardonic writing that sets it apart. Based on the low Rotten Tomatoes score, I’m apparently in the distinct minority on this one. Bonus: It’s based on former Daily News columnist Pete Dexter’s novel, and is set in a dingy Philly neighborhood. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

We rate more of the weekend’s new releases after the jump

New Movies Opening This Weekend in Philly: “The Past” and “Gimme Shelter”

Our weekly roundup of the new movies opening this weekend in Philadelphia. This week, only two: Ashgar Farhadi’s The Past and Gimme Shelter starring Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson. 

THE PAST: If you’re going to see a new movie this weekend make it Ashgar Farhadi’s follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed A SeparationFrom Indiewire: “After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife Marie in Paris in order to progress their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters between mother and daughter Ahmad unwittingly lifts the lid on a long buried secret.” Indiewire gives it an A-, as does Philadelphia City Paper, and it gets a 96-percent critic review on Rotten TomatoesOur summation? Go see it, but you could wait till it comes on DVD. (Ritz Five)

Starring:  Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karmi, Valeria Cavalli

Director: Asghar Farhadi

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