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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Great Gift: Understatement

The late actor could make unforgettable a gesture as tiny as flipping his sunglasses.
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Writing my end-of-the-year prizes a month and a half ago, I included among them “The ‘Philip Seymour Hoffman Makes Any Movie Better’ Award,” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It was jokey commendation, of course, but not really a joke. Of the nearly three dozen performances of Hoffman’s that I have witnessed onscreen,

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