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‘The Master’ proves to be unforgettable
It’s the end of World War II in “The Master” and sailor Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) hits the road, finally stowing away, drunk, on a party boat under the command of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Seeing that Freddie has been on a bender, Lancaster announces that the younger man is “aberrated,” a disjointed state of being that he seeks to mend by way of his self-styled religion, the Cause. They enter an alternately symbiotic and dramatically dysfunctional relationship, observed from an intimate distance by Lancaster’s all-seeing wife, Peggy (Amy Adams).
Combined with a surprising turn from Adams, “The Master” presents viewers with one of the more potent triads in recent film memory. There’s so much weirdness and beauty in “The Master” that it takes awhile for the notion to sink in that so much acting talent and cinematic artistry has been put to the service of such puny, insufferable characters.
The DVD and Blu-ray include additional scenes and “Let There Be Light,” John Huston’s landmark 1946 documentary about WWII veterans.
Colin Covert says: I’m sorry I can’t re-create the high-wire thrill of seeing “The Master” for the first time, but I’m certain that each repeat viewing will reveal something new.
Also out Tuesday
Movies: “Barbie in the Pink Shoes,” “Chasing Mavericks,” “Chicken With Plums,” “Company of Heroes,” “Escape Fire,” “Holy Motors,” “How to Survive a Plague,” “My Lucky Elephant,” “Scooby-Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon,” “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.”
TV: “The Client List” (Season 1), “Law & Order” (Season 12), “Maigret” (full series), “Rocko’s Modern Life” (full series), “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles,” “West Point” (full series).
Blu-ray debuts: “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Joshua Tree,” “Sansho the Bailiff.”
A need for speed?
Sometimes you need a fun, fairly mindless game to pass the time. Games such as “Hill Climb Racing” (free for iOS and Android) were built for those moments.