THE MASTER is one of the most anticipated Oscar potential movies of the year. directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, It is a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man. It is rumored to be loosely based on Scientology. It stars some of the best actors we have today; Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern.

The Weinstein Company is behind it and plan a big Oscar push. They recently decided to movie up the release date to September 14th in hopes that it will have more time to maintain its buzz through all of awards season. It  was also recently announced that it would play at the Toronto and Venice film festivals next month.

Well last night before a screening of THE SHINING in the new DCP format, the audience was told to stick around if they wanted to see a “special screening”. Those who left missed out on the first public screenig of THE MASTER. SlashFilms put together some of the audience reactions:

@TotallySketch “Just saw ‘The Master’. A movie has never made me feel quite like this one did. I can’t describe it or even rate it. I am speechless.”

@aaldere1 “The Master was amazing. Oscars all over this one.”

@LoganDoe “@prfessorbigsock Hoffman is one of the finest actors alive. The Master is (more) proof. #themaster”

@pillowfightin “@cigsandredvines Saw The Master in 70mm at the Aero Santa Monica. Surprise screening after The Shining. Its like nothing yvever seen before.”

@jessecrall “The Master: B+ hazy, meandering story with beautiful staging and headed by Phoenix’s brilliant, year’s-best performance. @kristapley”

@Super_Matts “THE MASTER is…interesting…I’ll be thinking about it for days #THEMASTER70MM J Phoenix and P S Hoffman are out of this world”


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