4. 'The Master'

Maddening in parts, a hypnotic dream in others, Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired but hardly Scientology-limited character study boasts the year's most remarkable shot: Joaquin Phoenix boarding the pleasure boat commandeered by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, just before it chugs off underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.

( December 19, 2012 )

Maddening in parts, a hypnotic dream in others, Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired but hardly Scientology-limited character study boasts the year's most remarkable shot: Joaquin Phoenix boarding the pleasure boat commandeered by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, just before it chugs off underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.

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