Magnolia

1999, Rated R, 188 min. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Jason Robards, Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Melora Walters, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, William H. Macy, Michael Bowen, Jeremy Blackman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly and Emmanuel Johnson.

The Films of 1999: Magnolia offers up a whole raft of misbegotten characters, some more than most, and all bracketed by an amusingly vague opening (narrated by Ricky Jay) which attempts to explain (or not – it's a bit vague) the randomness of chance and the inevitability of coincidence and a trio of weather reports for the San Fernando Valley where the lengthy (three hours-plus) film takes place. Read a full review of Magnolia.
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