Mini Review - The Master

The Master (out Nov 8) is set in the 1950s and is an absorbing character study about an aimless WWII veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) and the leader of a growing cult (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The performances are sensational and combined with the beautiful cinematography and uneasy film score, this is another feather in the cap of writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Grade: A-.