'The Master' (Sept. 21)

<b>Stars:</b> Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix
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<b>Director:</b> Paul Thomas Anderson
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<b>Why we're excited:</b> Welcome back from crazytown (er, fake retirement), Joaquin Phoenix! He plays a former drifter who becomes a follower of the head of a faith-based organization, the titular Master, played by Hoffman (in a role Anderson says was inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Anderson ("There Will Be Blood") could have written a four-hour film on Martin Luther and the Reformation and we still would have been first in line.

( Weinstein Company / September 11, 2012 )

Stars: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Why we're excited: Welcome back from crazytown (er, fake retirement), Joaquin Phoenix! He plays a former drifter who becomes a follower of the head of a faith-based organization, the titular Master, played by Hoffman (in a role Anderson says was inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Anderson ("There Will Be Blood") could have written a four-hour film on Martin Luther and the Reformation and we still would have been first in line.

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