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Synecdoche, New York

Charlie Kaufman (writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) directs his own script in this indecipherable but mesmerizing black comedy. Philip Seymour Hoffman is a regional theater director who is diagnosed with a terminal illness (which is in no hurry to bump him off). He spends the next 40 years mounting a stage version of his entire life inside a giant warehouse. In real time. As it happens. The "play within a play" joke drifts off into weirder, more metaphorical territory, but Kaufman keeps the off-kilter humor flowing throughout. 124 minutes R.