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The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) finally lets us in on his award-hungry, cult-inspired drama. The film is described as being loosely based on the story of L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology (so as to avoid lawsuits from rabid, Dianetics-crazed lawyers). Joaquin Phoenix plays a Naval veteran who comes home from World War II uncertain and unsettled. He finds possible solace, though, in the teachings of a fringe religion known as The Cause--not to mention its charismatic leader (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman). This one might be a bit cerebral, but it's gonna clean up come Oscar time. 137 minutes R.
Times and listings are for Friday 12/19 through Thursday 12/25
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