This year, Ethan Hawke has quietly delivered two of the best performances of his career. The first was in the box office smash The Purge. Torn apart by critics, but made for just $3 million, The Purge deserves, I think, reconsideration by those who lay down film history for all time. One of the things that makes The Purge so good, other than its eery satire of modern times, is Hawke’s performance as the father who is part of the 1% that mostly have the upper hand when it comes to so-called purges. They sit in their giant homes with the best security money (and only money) can buy and some of them even go out hunting. They do this to purge themselves of violent feelings against those who “do not contribute to society.” The Purge is, of course, predictable in some ways – but overall, it’s a solid thriller. Hawke is magnificent as the freaked out father trying to hold his family together. He’s especially great when he has to take up arms, Dirty Harry style.