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The Master


We expected to screen The Master in 70mm tonight but one of the reels did not arrive. Instead we will be screening it digitally – for free.

The Master is unmistakably some kind of wonder … an exhilarating demonstration of big screen moviemaking in dream-like colors and a sense-heightening 70mm format.”- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

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. Freddie Quell (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 (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, all of whom received Oscar nominations for their work. (Dir. by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012, 138 min., Rated R)