In one respect, Paul Thomas Anderson stands apart from even the best of living American directors: he is both a fabricator of spectacle and a shrewd psychologist. Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese achieve all sorts of pyrotechnics but rarely employ them to sound the depths of their characters. Though Terrence Malick floods the screen with startling imagery, he has lately seemed more...
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