Magnolia (Anderson, 1999): Rio Cinema, 11.30pm
Perfect midnight movie fare from the Rio, especially so with Anderson's latest The Master on release in the capital right now.
Chicago Reader review:
'A wonderful mess. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's third feature (1999), over three hours long, represents a quantum leap in ambition from Hard Eightand Boogie Nights and is much more interesting, though he's no longer in full command of everything he's trying to do. He's handicapped himself with the worst kind of TV-derived crosscutting among his (ultimately interconnected) miniplots. But the movie has a splendidly deranged essayistic prologue (which tries to justify an outrageous climax), the best Tom Cruise performance I've ever seen (incidentally, it's a scorching critique of his other performances), some delicate work by John C. Reilly as a sensitive cop, and provocative material about the unhealthy aspects of hyping whiz kids on TV. The heavy-duty cast, full of Anderson regulars, also includes Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melora Walters, Jeremy Blackman, Michael Bowen, Melinda Dillon, and Emmanuel Johnson.'
Here is the trailer.