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The Master 

PTA continues the winning streak

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Who do you serve in life, and to what cost? Questions posed by the brilliant, enigmatic The Master. Joaquin Phoenix stars, contorting himself into a crackling sneer of a man. A sailor post-WW2 whose violent outbursts and PTSD cause him to drift from job to job. He's eventually taken under the wing of a charismatic cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who wants to curb the grotesque animal instincts of man—of which there is often little else inside Phoenix's psychotic, simple mind. An early “processing” session between the two men may be one of the finest acted scenes ever put on film. Director Paul Thomas Anderson continues his winning streak of a career, packaging together a dense and furious movie amongst some gorgeously diverse landscapes. The Master puts a stranglehold on its audience, brandishing its own obtuse composition like a blunt instrument. It is astonishing.

The Master
Rated R (MPAA) · 150 min. · 2012
Official Site: www.themasterfilm.com
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson and JoAnne Sellar
Cast: Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rami Malek, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, Kevin J. O'Connor, Lena Endre, W. Earl Brown and Darren Le Gallo

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