Peter Rainer has 30 years of professional experience as a film critic. Rainer is currently the film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and can be heard regularly on NPR’s Film Week on kpcc-fm. He was one of three finalists in 1998 for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and is a three-time winner of the Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for best online film critic. He has also written and co-produced two A&E biographies, on Sidney Poitier and John Huston, as well as co-authoring the film Joyride (1977). He has served on the main juries for the Venice and Montreal film festivals.
Join Rainer as he discusses "Straight Time", a 1978 American crime drama directed by Ulu Grosbard and starring Dustin Hoffman.
We all know Dustin Hoffmann from his celebrated roles in The Graduate, Tootsie, Rain Man and many others. But what is always fascinating is seeing how good he has been in little seen performances. As an ex-con in Straight Time, Hoffman is at his very best, dark and hard-edged. For acting students, and just students of great undeservedly neglected movies, this film is must-viewing.
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