It should come as no surprise that we love the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. Since BOOGIE NIGHTS (and even the earlier HARD EIGHT) we have appreciated his kinetic and visual mastery, his grasp of ensemble casts and his heart. Like its predecessor THERE WILL BE BLOOD, THE MASTER gives us a great performance for the ages. This time it is Joaquin Phoenix, though Philip Seymour Hoffman also provides a huge, memorable characterization in the title role. Both will likely be remembered at Oscar time.