Rated 4.0

Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams headline this acting powerhouse about a nun (Streep) convinced that a priest (Hoffman) has mistreated a young boy. John Patrick Shanley, directing only his second film, and his first since Joe Versus the Volcano (a great movie), adapts his own play. He is very talented. There are scenes between Streep and Hoffman that must’ve taken years off their lives, and Adams is perfect as the one caught in the middle. The film’s ambiguous ending has outraged some—an ending that doesn’t diminish the movie, but makes it more powerful.