What: “The Master”
When: Opening Friday
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Writer/Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
The story: A volatile former Naval officer (Phoenix) has trouble settling into post-World War II America, until he’s taken in by the flamboyant leader (Hoffman) of a fledgling religious movement – very much like Scientology – named The Cause.
The buzz: It’s Anderson’s first movie since 2007’s Oscar bait “There Will Be Blood” – and only his fifth – “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights” are the others – since his debut with the Reno-based gambling drama “Hard Eight.”
– CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE