The Master

The Master
  • 2012
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
  • UK release: 2 November 2012
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Freddie Quell (Phoenix) falls under the spell of Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), charismatic founder of a Scientology-style cult. Complex, sincere, elegantly interrogative filmmaking from Anderson, with Phoenix and Hoffman at the top of their game.

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Five films scored by rock musicians

5 Nov 2012

As Jonny Greenwood scores The Master, we look at soundtracks by Neil Young, Nick Cave and Daft Punk

With Paul Thomas Anderson's latest movie The Master already being showered with plaudits and sweeping the board across a number of international film festivals it may be worth noting that the enigmatic director's latest foray into the world of art-house…

Interview: Paul Thomas Anderson on The Master, Scientology and Tom Cruise

1 Nov 2012

Maker of There Will Be Blood returns with the best American film of the year

Five years after Paul Thomas Anderson’s uncompromising drama There Will Be Blood, he returns with another astounding work. James Mottram speaks to him about The Master, its links to Scientology and showing the film to Tom Cruise.

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16 Oct 20125 stars

Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film includes an astounding performance from Joaquin Phoenix

Following up There Will Be Blood was always going to be a daunting task, but Paul Thomas Anderson truly delivers in The Master. It's the story of two men: Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a restless ex navy man, a rough bundle of nerves; Philip…

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