You can't take your eyes off The Master, neither Paul Thomas Anderson's new film nor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the role of Lancaster Dodd. Francine is tough material, but this tightly conceived near silent film is well worth seeing.
We already know it's been the year of the female comedian, otherwise known as "The Bridesmaids Effect." However, perusing the list of Golden Globe nominees, it also seems to have been the year of the 40-something actress.
Everything Must Go is what a filmed short story should be: compact, deep with character but still contained in its action and settings. It's nice to see Ferrell stretching himself. Time for more of that career yoga, Will.