26 February 2013 4:20 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Master Critics called P.T. Anderson's story about a tortured soul (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls under the spell of a mysterious self-help guru-slash-religious cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) "challenging" and "heady." Indeed it is, but give it a look if you aren't afraid of loose ends and a narrative that is less plot-driven as it is character portrait of two men who both depend upon and repel each other, a master and student whose issues may never be resolved. Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood's score is lean and beautiful, the cinematography remarkable; Anderson nails the 1950s time period. But most of all, you'll want to watch this movie for the performances. It's no surprise Phoenix, Hoffman and Amy Adams were all nominated for acting...

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