Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. 2012, 144 mins. 70mm. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams. As the thundering, charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd, Hoffman reveals the character’s magnetic power and manipulative charm, in one of his most complex and electrifying performances. Joaquin Phoenix is the rootless naval WWII vet who falls under Dodd’s spell after arriving home. A magnificent cinematic achievement, The Master is one of just a few films in recent decades photographed in 70mm.
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