It may only be in a small smattering of theatres in New York and L.A. at this point, but “The Master” is already one of the most talked-about movies of the year.
Directed and written by P.T. Anderson, “The Master” centers on a character named Lancaster Dodd, and if you look closely, you’ll find that Dodd looks an awful lot like Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Of course, P.T. Anderson is no stranger to Scientology, or to charlatan characters. Remember Tom Cruise’s motivational leader in “Magnolia”?
Tony Ortega has investigated the world of Scientology for nearly 20 years. He’s the editor-in-chief of the Village Voice.
Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer make up The Takeaway's Movie Date team. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.