The Master

(R) ★★★★☆

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) is an alcoholic World War II vet suffering from a nervous condition. Eventually, he finds himself in the company of fellow misfit, Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the founder of The Cause, a Scientology-like religion. The movie makes the “how” clear in terms of how a religion along the lines of Scientology manages to draw a crowd. Anderson is a marvel, and this beautiful, challenging film is one of the best to come along in quite some time.

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By Craig Asher Nyman

Since playing at the Book & Stage last November, Grouplove has been performing to ever-bigger crowds. With the success of their 2011 debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, came prime slots at major festivals (such as Coachella and Bonnaroo), and appearances on late-night television (including the Late Show With David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live). This time around the L.A.-based indie-rockers return to Vegas to play a larger venue and close out the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Social Club concert series.

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