In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Master,' '10 Years' and More

"The Master"

What THR's critics say about the movies opening this week.

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master has sparked both buzz and controversy on the festival circuit.

The movie recently played at both the Toronto and Venice film festivals, the latter of which yanked the Golden Lion award from the movie because of new festival rules that bar one film from snagging more than two major awards. Stars Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were awarded with the Coppa Volpi prize for best actors at Venice.

The drama, which also stars Amy Adams and Jesse Plemons, follows a charismatic man who arrives home from World War II and forms a faith-based organization, which many have likened to Scientology (at Venice, Anderson refused to directly address whether his film was inspired by the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard).

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Meanwhile, Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson star in the ensemble movie 10 Years, directed by Jamie Linden. The comedy-romance centers in a group of friends who realize they still haven't grown up the night before their high school reunion.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend, and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson's extraordinary character study, with a career-defining performance from Joaquin Phoenix, is not the Scientology exposé everyone was expecting. Read Todd McCarthy's review from Venice here.

10 Years
Jamie Linden surrounds his Dear John star Channing Tatum with a strong ensemble cast. Read John DeFore's review here.

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Richard Gere sells a tense tale of a billionaire fleeing both financial ruin and a family-wrecking scandal. Read John DeFore's review here.

Liberal Arts
Josh Radnor's second feature film, a coming-of-age indie comedy, follows a 35-year-old who returns to college and falls for Elizabeth Olsen's sophomore theater student. Read Justin Lowe's review here.

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