Pinhole Movie Reviews

Philadelphia by Thomas
August 2, 2014, 4:25 pm
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Tom Hanks gets fired after the partners at his conservative law firm discover that he has AIDS.  The subject matter is groundbreaking, Hanks is brilliant, and director Jonathan Demme adds some style (like the atmospheric party scenes or the characters staring right into the camera). And Jason Robards makes a great bad guy! But the movie, ostensibly a courtroom drama, doesn’t seem to focus on its fake-seeming legal procedure — it’s more about the redemption of Denzel, a gay bashing ambulance chaser who thinks he can get AIDS just from shaking TH’s hand. What? Maybe people in the 90’s behaved that way but it just feels so strange and dated now. Watchable.



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