Magnolia is a brilliant film and potentially PT Anderson's masterwork. It boldly and smoothly juggles a multitude of storylines, all with similar themes of deconstruction and redemption. The film has a host of powerful character performances, notably by John C. Reilly (an Anderson staple) and Philip Baker Hall. Tom Cruise also plays against action man type here in a role outside of his movie star persona. The film's soundtrack is gloriously scored by Aimee Mann and Jon Brion and the film's concluding religious deus ex machina only works because it weaves so well into the themes the film has been toying with throughout its three hour length. One of my all time favorites.