Let's See The Master

The Master

Rated: R
Advisory: for sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Running time: 150 minutes
Release date: 9/21/2012
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Amy Adams  Joaquin Phoenix  Philip Seymour Hoffman  Rami Malek  Laura Dern
Genre: Drama
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Official website: http://www.themasterfilm.com/

After returning from the Second World War, a psychologically troubled drifter returns from the war and meets the charismatic leader of a new religion. The Master befriends the drifter to help him sort out his life and provide meaning. The drifter becomes his right-hand man and, after a while begins to question both his belief in the leader and his teachings as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.

The Master is absolutely magnetic, orchestrated brilliantly by writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson and helmed by the commanding turns of Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Anderson has never been a director that makes a film for everyone to enjoy. In the vein of auteur directors like Terrence Malick, David Lynch, and Michael Haneke, Anderson's films aren't necessarily the most accessible despite the seeming mainstream status. Films like Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), and There Will Be Blood (2007) are reflective, tensional, studies of human behavior, all things that the average film-goer most of the time will not embrace. In The Master, Anderson constructs, absolutely magnificently I might add, two dynamic, real, and tangible men that the audience can both imagine knowing, loving, and loathe. It's the writing masterpiece of the year.
An often brilliant '50s-throwback character drama that never feels nostalgic, with terrific central performances and a luminous, unforgettable visual beauty.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, my bad! Didn't check with the theater after Thursday because I didn't think The Master would be gone that quickly! Luckily, there were several other films to choose from and I think we chose a good one, Smashed.
    Thanks to everyone who attended for being good sports!

    November 18, 2012

  • Daniel

    the master is no more. Hah. We are seeing smashed instead.

    November 18, 2012

  • Christy

    Are the movies always in Cleveland or do you sometimes go to movies in Akron?

    November 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Christy, this group generally schedules movie meetups in the greater Cleveland area. We have scheduled plays and other events in addition to movies, though, so if you know of something you would like to see scheduled in the Akron area, let us know!

      November 16, 2012

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