THE MASTER

Director Paul Thomas Anderson
Year 2012
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Rating R
Run Time 137min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Tickets are also available for our 35mm and 70mm showings of THE MASTER at the Ritz.

 

THE MASTER Special Drink Menu (available at The Ritz and Slaughter Lane)

 

From BOOGIE NIGHTS to THERE WILL BE BLOOD, the theatrical release of any new P.T. Anderson movie basically marks a new chapter in cinema. Hollywood's flimsy veil of bleached smiles and superhero spandex is thrown aside to illuminate uniquely told stories of flawed humans destined for triumph and/or agony. And no project of his has been as wildly anticipated as THE MASTER.

PhilIp Seymour Hoffman is Lancaster Dodd, a self-made, self-absorbed and self-doubting paragon of intellect; a magnanimous socialite who's prone to thunderous episodes. His writings are devoted to exploring mankind's untapped potential, to the point that he seems intent on elevating himself and everyone around him to a superhuman level.

Into his expanding circle stumbles Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix), a living storm of total self-destruction. The two men appear opposite in every way, but their meeting ignites a persevering mutual fascination that threatens their perceptions, their outside relationships, and even their personal well-being.

Hoffman and Phoenix give the all-time best performances of their already-incredible careers, with equally strong work from Amy Adams as Dodd's brilliant wife/business partner. Anderson's script and direction, completed with stunning 65mm photography, create the type of viewing experience that feels even more authentic and compelling than actual life. THE MASTER is one of the rarest accomplishments possible: a perfect movie.

"Paul Thomas Anderson’s imposing, confounding and altogether amazing new film…is wild and enormous. There will be skeptics, but the cult is already forming. Count me in.” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“One of the great movies of the year — an ambitious, challenging, and creatively hot-blooded but cool toned project that picks seriously at knotty ideas about American personality, success, rootlessness, master-disciple dynamics.” –Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“A superbly crafted film…bristling with vivid moments and unbeatable acting.” –Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

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