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An all-star cast from the golden age of Hollywood goes west.  (Publicity photo)

ARTS Pick: How The West Was Won

There was a time in the film industry when a movie was not wholly judged on its returns, when the merit of a film could be found in its effort to capture the spirit of an important moment in human history. They were called “epics,” they cost a lot of money, and they aren’t made […]

Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s post-war drama, The Master. Photo: The Weinstein Company

Film review: The Master

With all the hype and brouhaha surrounding the release of The Master, it’s easy to overlook one important consideration: Whether the movie is good. So let’s get that out of the way. The Master is good. Grand photography, lush production design, and big, appropriately showy performances make it somewhat captivating. At a certain point, though, […]