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Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Dern

Running Time: 144 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Back Beyond: Outakes, Additional Scenes, Unguided Message: Behind The Scenes, Teasers/Trailers, ‘Let There Be Light’ (1946) by John Huston

Character-driven-drama are three words to send you into a frenzy of excitement, or running for cover. Flouting (or possibly embracing) this risk Paul Thomas Anderson has made arguably the least accessible mainstream movie of all time with The Master – but that may not be a bad thing.

Beginning with an unhinged and contorted Freddie (Phoenix), leaving war and merging into domestic life as a department store photographer, the story explores his social troubles and heavy drinking. Magnificently shot the opening sets the tone for the film but worryingly writes itself into a corner. By laying out Freddie’s troubles and introducing us to Lancaster (Hoffman) and Peggy (Adams) Dodd who welcome Freddie »

- Sam Carey

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