Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“The Master” Sneaks More Screenings at 70 MM Theaters Around Country


Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” screened tonight in San Francisco and in Philadelphia. PTA and wife Maya Rudolph of “Saturday Night Live” fame (also daughter of the late great singer Minnie Riperton) were in attendance at the former. “The Master” also screened this morning in New York, after having screened three or four times in NYC already. PTA is taking it to any 70 MM theatres he can find, with good reason: the movie is visually stunning.

And while official reviews are being embargoed until next week, I can tell you this: “The Master” is a stunner. And while it doesn’t address Scientology head on–it is, after all, a work of fiction that ultimately has to address its own issues–Tom Cruise, John Travolta and the like will not be jumping for joy on couches. Meanwhile, “The Master” shows at Venice and Toronto, then opens the fall Oscar season with a bang on September 14th. More on this unusual movie as developments warrant.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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