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Phantom Thread (2017)


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Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson's eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.


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It's set in an evocative ecosphere of haute couture fashion. But by the time it reaches its appetizingly perverse end, the film primarily reaffirms Anderson's own skill at hand-crafting exquisitely conflicting interior and external worlds.

December 8, 2017 | Full Review…
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A duet of affection and irritation, Phantom Thread teeters, too, on the edge of romantic comedy. There's a lot of humor in its passive-aggressive tug-of-war.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The director's most outwardly accessible movie in ages, "Phantom Thread" is at once an evocative period drama and a magical fable about lonely, solipsistic people finding solace in their mutual sense of alienation.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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We're not so much watching Woodcock the rarefied designer as Day-Lewis the rarefied actor, his immersion so uncanny that he can illuminate a soul at once titanic and stunted.

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Once again, Day-Lewis goes deep and has clearly done his homework. The 60-year-old actor doesn't seem to know any other way. In an era of tin-plated movie stars, the world of cinema will miss him.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In the grand tapestry of Daniel Day-Lewis' acting career, Phantom Thread will be sewn in as a colorful swatch, though for a retirement role, he leaves us wanting a little more.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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