"The Master" (R, 138 minutes, The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay): It's the end of World War II and sailor Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) hits the road, finally stowing away, drunk, on a party boat under the command of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Seeing that Freddie has been on a bender, he announces that the younger man is "aberrated," a disjointed state of being that Lancaster seeks to mend by way of his self-styled religion, the Cause. They enter an alternately symbiotic and dramatically dysfunctional relationship, observed from an intimate distance by Lancaster's all-seeing wife, Peggy (Amy Adams). Combined with a surprising turn from Adams, "The Master" presents viewers with one of the most potent triads in recent film memory. Contains sexual content, graphic nudity and profanity. Extras: "Back Beyond" outtakes and additional scenes edited to music by Johnny Greenwood.
"Chasing Mavericks" (PG, 105 minutes, Fox): There are two monster waves in this surfing movie inspired by the life of Jay Moriarity, the Northern California teenager who in 1994 became an overnight celebrity after riding the infamous swells off Half Moon Bay known as Mavericks. One is the literal mass of churning, white water that lends the movie its name and much of its dramatic power. The other is the figurative tsunami of schmaltzy melodrama. Although "Mavericks" is structured around the quasi father-son relationship between the squeaky-clean Jay and Frosty Hesson, the gruff surfing veteran who becomes the teen's life coach and big-wave trainer, there's lots of extraneous plotting. Contains some roughhousing and dangerous surf.
"Holy Motors" (unrated, 115 minutes, in English and French with English subtitles, Indomina Films): This is an electrifying, confounding exercise in unbounded imagination, unapologetic theatricality, bravura acting and head-over-heels movie-love. Contains adult material and graphic sexual images.
Also: "Chicken With Plums," "The Loneliest Planet," "Border Run," and "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" (documentary), "Company of Heroes." Television series: "Law & Order: The Twelfth Year" (2001-02), "NOVA ScienceNOW: How Smart Can We Get?" (PBS), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles" (Nickelodeon), "The Client List: The Complete First Season" and "Garrow's Law: The Complete Collection.