Thursday, November 29 at 7:00pm • Regular admission prices
An ambitious and inventive tale of individualism set against the epic backdrop of post-World War II America, The Master paints a striking portrait of drifters and seekers on the rocky road to enlightenment.
“It is a movie about the lure and folly of greatness that comes as close as anything I’ve seen recently to being a great movie. There will be skeptics, but the cult is already forming. Count me in.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
Freddie Quell (Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix) is a mentally unstable and alcoholic Navy vet who arrives home from the frontlines of WWII unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by a controversial “self-actualization” group called The Cause and its charismatic leader, Lancaster Dodd (Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman). Freddie’s search for purpose is complicated when he forms a profound yet explosive bond with Dodd, a relationship that sets both men on an unexpected journey in which they are sabotaged by their own personal demons. Set to haunting original music by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, and constructed with impeccable period detail, Paul Thomas Anderson’s stunning exploration of religion, power and the dark recesses of the American Character features astonishing performances from Phoenix, Hoffman and Amy Adams. (Dir. by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012, 138 min., Rated R)