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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM LISTINGS - Di­rected by Paul Thomas An­der­son. Star­ring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Amy Adams, Laura Dern

A gorgeously shot, head­twist­ing gem of a puz­zle pic­ture. Phoenix plays a dam­aged naval veteran who falls in with – but is not en­tirely in­doc­tri­nated by – a cult leader (Hoff­man) who closely re­sem­bles L Ron Hub­bard. Phoenix of­fers a star­tlingly an­i­mal­is­tic per­for­mance. Hoff­man of­fers ar­ro­gance and barely con­cealed un­cer­tainty. The film cre­ates end­less fas­ci­nat­ing nar­ra­tive stubs that the viewer is forced to com­plete. 16 cert, Light House, Dublin; Eye, Gal­way, 143 min DC

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