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The Master

Released: 02/11/2012 General release
Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow up to There Will Be Blood (perhaps the finest film of the century’s first decade) might be Hollywood’s first critique of Scientology, but it began life as an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s memoirs. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as the charismatic leader of The Cause, and Joaquin Phoenix the disillusioned war veteran who falls under its spell.     For more information visit: http://www.themasterfilm.com/ Buy: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/film/The_Master/ Watch:
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The Independent“Is it the masterpiece it seems at first look? I don't know...” Maintains the enigmatic tone of Blood, and pushes it into elliptical new territory. It's an elusive film, sketchy in places to the point of seeming unfinished, but overall as bewitching a hallucination as Anderson has ever conjured...
 
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The Observer“After an hour, I was baffled. After two, I was bored stiff...” Will the public want to see The Master twice? I doubt it. A few may not even be able to endure it once, all the way through. It is a long, inscrutable film, and one deeply in love with its own processes...
 
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Little White Lies“A spiritual post-war love story that will restore your faith in cinema...” Towering performances aside, it’s the understated gestures that stick with you–a gentle death knell in the form of a song and a single tear, or a cut away to a naked sand woman that emphasises the importance of holding on to the things you love..
 
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Empire“Luminous, unforgettable visual beauty...” After the rigours of There Will Be Blood, The Master seems positively light at times, and the ending will disappoint those hoping for a similar last-reel crescendo. But like that stark, intimate epic, it is another film for and of its time...
 
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Total Film “Endlessly fascinating to watch...” With potent performers and poetic visuals, Anderson has made the boldest American picture of the year. Its strangeness can be hard to process, but this is a shattering study of the impossibility of recovering the past. It'll stay with you for days...
 
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Guardian“An utterly absorbing psychological drama...” It is a movie that may alienate and exasperate some, but its audacity, its formal daring and Joaquin Phoenix's performance, make it simply unmissable...
 
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The Telegraph“Leaves heads-spinning and extremities tingling...” The Master already feels like a landmark American movie. It makes words like ‘bold’ and ‘extraordinary’ seem utterly inadequate...
 
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