September 11, 2012
Stars: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Why we're excited: Welcome back from crazytown (er, fake retirement), Joaquin Phoenix! He plays a former drifter who becomes a follower of the head of a faith-based organization, the titular Master, played by Hoffman (in a role Anderson says was inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Anderson ("There Will Be Blood") could have written a four-hour film on Martin Luther and the Reformation and we still would have been first in line.