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Rated R · 94 minutes · 2015

Dark comedy
Woody Allen returns to crime fiction in this ice-cold tale of a loose-cannon small-college philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) whose mid-life crisis takes a lethal turn. Phoenix’s Abe Lucas is the personification of cold-blooded premeditation, reeking of Dostoevsky and Hitchcock. His Russian roulette scene once again underlines the actor’s knack at portraying dangerous, delusional individuals. Phoenix is supported ably by Emma Stone and Parker Posey as two of the prof’s sexual conquests. But this suspenseful Allen screenplay — one of his best — is not about comic cocktail party games and secret sorrows; it’s a peek into hell. A shiver-producing work of art (96 min.).
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/irrationalman
Director: Woody Allen
Producer: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson, Adam Stern, Allan Teh and Ronald Chez
Cast: Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Emma Stone, Betsy Aidem, Ethan Phillips, Robert Petkoff and Tom Kemp

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