Vote for your favourite Philip Seymour Hoffman movie

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005).

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005).

What do Boogie Nights, Capote and Synecdoche New York all have in common? They’re all movies starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) will screen one of them May 26. And YOU get to decide which one.

It’s all part of a plan to make movie-going more social, the way it used to be back in pre-Internet and pre-PVR days. Local developer 20 Year Media’s app lets moviegoers plan outings and, in this case, curate a movie theatre’s programming.

Hoffman is an obvious choice, says the Rio’s Rachel Fox.

“A few months ago we screened Almost Famous as a Friday Late Night movie, and it seemed to really stir the pot for people vis-v-vis Hoffman’s body of work and the incredible cinematic impression he made. I got a lot of feedback from people through social media – everyone has an opinion on his films. So it seemed like a good time to involve people in something so many movie fans have strong feelings about.”

Hoffman (with Ethan Hawke) in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).

Hoffman (with Ethan Hawke) in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007).

The actor died earlier this year of a heroin overdose. He made dozens of movies in the course of his career, from small independent films like Happiness and Jack Goes Boating to blockbusters like The Hunger Games. His last movie, God’s Pocket, was directed by Mad Men’s John Slattery and is in theatres now.

The Hoffman vote is the first in a proposed series. “There are a bunch of other ideas for future screenings,” Fox says. “Grouping films from a director’s oeuvre seems like a good idea. People ask a lot about the Coen Brothers, or maybe even David Lynch or Stanley Kubrick. They’re all such classics.”

Have an opinion on which Hoffman film you’d like to see? There are only a few days left to vote, so if there’s a Hoffman movie you want to see, throw in your two cents here.

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