Phantom Thread 2.0 stars

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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis has played any number of difficult, even unpleasant men over the course of his remarkable career. And he is famously exacting and disciplined in his approach to his art. So perhaps it’s fitting that his (self-proclaimed) final role is that of Reynolds Woodcock, a difficult, even unpleasant man who is also exacting and disciplined about his art — designing ladies’ couture in ‘50s London. The film opens on the face of his muse and lover Alma (Vicky Krieps), who purrs that he has made her dreams come true before noting, “And I’ve given him what he desires.” Just what exactly that means — some pleasures are decidedly more rarefied, or at the very least less obvious, than others — is writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s subject here. It’s a mystery that doles out its first clue in Woodcock’s opening-scene dismissal of his final pre-Alma paramour: he simply doesn’t have the time for her. The level of control all ‘round — director, actor, script, character — borders on oppressive; if Anderson’s The Master was a swirling miasma, Phantom Thread is an unforgiving dress. It presents an ideal and even inspires wonder, but it does make breathing difficult, and heaven help you if all you want is to have a good time. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, February 19

3:20pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, February 20

3:20pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, February 21

3:20pm, 9:00pm

Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Monday, February 19

10:25am, 4:00pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, February 20

10:25am, 4:00pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, February 21

10:25am, 4:00pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, February 22

10:25am, 4:00pm

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions

Monday, February 19

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, February 20

1:15pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, February 21

1:15pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, February 22

1:15pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:05pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Monday, February 19

10:50am, 4:35pm, 10:35pm

Tuesday, February 20

10:50am, 4:35pm, 10:35pm

Wednesday, February 21

10:50am, 4:35pm, 10:35pm

Thursday, February 22

10:50am, 4:35pm, 10:35pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Monday, February 19

3:15pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, February 20

3:15pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, February 21

3:15pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, February 22

3:15pm, 9:45pm

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