‘The Master': Join Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Cult! — TRAILER

The MasterJust over a week after the release of an enticing clip from the movie, The Master offers up its final theatrical trailer. Whereas the original trailer took a good look at the relationship between Joaquin Phoenix’s and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s characters, the new preview of Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming movie sets its sights on the religion created by Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), and the effects it is having on its unyieldingly devoted followers.

After a philosophical voiceover about the nature of man, delivered by Hoffman, the trailer looks at the stronghold The Cause has on its people. What is it doing to them? Are the effects that it is having positive or negative?

Par for the course of a P.T. Anderson picture, The Master looks inventive, introspective, and probably ingenious. Check out the new trailer from the man who brought the world Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood. The Master reaches theaters on Sept. 21.

[Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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