'The Master' (Sept. 14)

I've already seen Paul Thomas Anderson's confounding and often hypnotic tale of a battle-scarred World War II veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) and his postwar indoctrination into a Scientology-like religion formed by the title character, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.Ö Some of it is startlingly beautiful cinema, photographed in 70mm; most of the effective human drama is confined to the first half, but it's well worth the time and effort.

( August 28, 2012 )

I've already seen Paul Thomas Anderson's confounding and often hypnotic tale of a battle-scarred World War II veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) and his postwar indoctrination into a Scientology-like religion formed by the title character, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.Ö Some of it is startlingly beautiful cinema, photographed in 70mm; most of the effective human drama is confined to the first half, but it's well worth the time and effort.

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