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ShowtimesAugust 2:7:00 pmAugust 3:7:00 pm
Paul Thomas Anderson’s sprawling mosaic of life in the adult-film industry. Boogie Nights follows the surrogate family of porn auteur Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds, in a career-topping performance)—among them the uniquely qualified star Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), nurturing Amber Waves (Julianne Moore), and sweetly pathetic boom operator Scotty J. (Philip Seymour Hoffman)—riding high in the late 1970s before changing tides and technologies render them has-beens in Reagan’s America. Brilliant acting by Anderson’s stock company and the writer/director’s sensitive approach make his sophomore feature “a big, bright, shining star” in the firmament of American film.–Film At Lincoln Center