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.