Influenced by Scientology, The Master is Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since 2007’s There Will Be Blood. The movie stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as an L. Ron Hubbard-ish figure “who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls,” with help from his right-hand man Freddie, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The cast also includes Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, and Laura Dern. In theaters October 12.
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