Joaquin Phoenix is a brilliant actor. He is one of the best of his generation, if not several generations. Now he is paired with the wonderful mind of Paul Thomas Anderson. PTA has put out some of the best character studies in the last 20 years. (Punch-Drunk Love, Boogie Nights, there Will Be Blood) With those two together it is a formula for statues and acclaim. Throw in Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Dern and Amy Adams for good measure and there is not much more you can say, except I am going to seek this one out.