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Blu-ray Review: 'The Master'

3/12/2013 10:00am EDT
The Master
Hoffman.  Phoenix.  Anderson.  "The Master."  We’re checking out the latest from the "Boogie Nights" helmer out now from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment.  Follow the reviewed teachings below.



   Title: "The Master"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

   Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 144 minutes

   Release Company: The Weinstein Company / Anchor Bay Entertainment



The Flick: For me "The Master" has the same problem all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films ha...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Best Movies of 2012

12/24/2012 12:00pm EST
The Avengers
2012 was a great year for superheroes, James Bond, a former President of the United States and Ben Affleck. What defines a great film? It's different for everyone, but first and foremost it must entertain. Many movies did just that over the past year.

"The Avengers" was the highest grossing film of 2012, earning $623 million in the United States and a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.

The number-three grossing film of all time (behind James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar"), starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the H...

'The Master' And 'Moonrise Kingdom' Among Nominees For Gotham Independent Film Awards

10/18/2012 7:30pm EDT
Moonrise Kingdom
Paul Thomas Anderson's critically-acclaimed The Master and Wes Anderson's quirky Moonrise Kingdom will battle it out for the Best Feature title at the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The two movies will face stiff competition from thriller The Loneliest Planet, drama Middle of Nowhere and director Richard Linklater's black comedy Bernie, which has also scored a nomination for Best Ensemble Performance.

The casts of Moonrise Kingdom, Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister's Sister and Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro's Silver Linings Playbook are also up for the top prize, although The...

'Resident Evil' Wins Weekend Box Office & 'The Master' Breaks Cinema Records

9/17/2012 8:29am EDT
REsident Evil Retribution
"Resident Evil: Retribution," the fifth installment of the zombie thriller series based on the popular video game franchise, debuted at number one at the weekend box office. The film, starring Milla Jovovich, grossed $21.1 million.

In second place was "Finding Nemo 3D," a reformatted version of the 2003 animated movie. The film took in $17.5 million. Last week's number one, horror film "The Possession," slipped to number three with $6 million.

Also making waves was director Paul Thomas Anderson's new film "The Master." The movie is loosely based on the story of late author and Church of S...

Weekend Movie Preview: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ ‘Stolen,’ ‘Liberal Arts’ & More

9/14/2012 11:00am EDT
Resident Evil Retribution Poster
This week has a few promising films coming out, so I’m going to talk about a couple of limited release flicks in addition to mainstream ones. Arriving in theaters today are “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Stolen,” “Liberal Arts,” “Arbitrage,” and “The Master.”

MY PICK: “Liberal Arts”


The Umbrella Corporation’s T-virus continues to devastate the planet, transforming humans into legions of flesh eating zombies. Mankind’s last hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), wakes up in the heart of the evil company’s clandestine facility, where she uncovers more of her past, t...

'The Master' Rules Venice Film Festival

9/9/2012 2:08pm EDT
The Master
New movie The Master was the toast of the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Saturday night after scoring the top prizes, including acting awards for stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson was awarded the Silver Lion prize for direction for his work on the film, which is loosely based on late author and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The movie's stars Phoenix and Hoffman shared the festival's acting prize, but the picture lost out on the festival's highest honor - the coveted Golden Lion Award - to South Korean drama Pieta.


Joaquin Phoenix Studied Caged Animals For Role In 'The Master'

9/6/2012 4:54pm EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor Joaquin Phoenix studied the behavior of caged animals in order to play a crazed prisoner in new movie The Master.

In the upcoming drama, the Gladiator star plays Freddie Quell, a troubled World War II veteran who turns violent when he begins questioning his mentor Lancaster Dodd, portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

And, in order to get in the right mindset for a scene in which the pair get thrown into neighboring prison cells, the 37 year old watched videos of animals held in captivity in a bid to imitate their deranged habits.

He tells the New York Times, "You can see their brain...