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The Tree Of Life Review


Extraordinary
Malick takes a bold, intensely personal approach to this big story about life, the universe and everything. With echoes of Kubrick and Lynch, but in true Malick style, it's the kind of film we need to let wash over us rather than try to make sense of.

Jack O'Brien (McCracken, then Penn) grows up in the 1950s American Midwest with his harsh-but-caring dad (Pitt), loving mother (Chastain) and little brothers RL and Steve (Eppler and Sheridan). Over the years, events shift and shape the family, including illness, injury and death. But what does it all mean? And can the truths of humanity be traced back to the dawn of evolution or the age of the dinosaurs?

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Badlands Review


Excellent
Terrence Malick introduced his odd yet highly compelling filmmaking style in this 1973 feature, inspired by the long murder spree of Charles Starkweather (here Kit Carruthers, played by Martin Sheen). Carruthers is a garbage man who spies Holly (Sissy Spacek, who narrates disaffectedly) twirling her baton, soon after he's shot her family dead and they're on the run, living in the woods and the badlands of the northern midwest as they try to get to Canada to make a hastily planned escape. Body counts rise, but Malick isn't overly concerned with the violence. He takes us inside the heads of this bizarre duo, the quiet sociopath Kit and the even quieter neurotic Holly. One of cinema's most curious character studies and probably still Malick's best film.

The New World Review


Good
Is there a more frustrating living director than Terrence Malick? It's hard to imagine another filmmaker more fantastically talented or more jaw-dropping awful, capable of conjuring scenes of breathtaking cinematic poetry and cringing adolescent pathos within mere seconds of each other. There is nobody in the modern world of cinema even remotely like the ineffable artist who is Malick - but whether that's a good or bad thing is for wiser heads to puzzle out.

Malick ended the silence which followed his fantastic 1970s one-two punch of Badlands and Days of Heaven - airy, wind-swept paeans to wide-open skies and the loneliness that lies like a bruise on the land beneath them - with 1998's star-stuffed adaptation of James Jones' battle epic The Thin Red Line. It would have been the World War II movie to end the century with, but for a little something called Saving Private Ryan, out that same year. Up against Ryan's self-consciously stomach-churning gore and herky-jerky camerawork, not to mention its resolutely action, action, ACTION! pacing, Malick's moony meditation on the thin line (if any) between civilization and savagery couldn't help but come off as impossibly arch. Never mind that Malick's battle scenes were even more vicious and realistic than Spielberg's, given their eschewing of comforting action film tropes in favor of pure hot chaos. A strike (well, several strikes) against Malick was his habit of telling the story via overlapping voiceovers, as each of the characters thinks Big Important Thoughts about life and war and love. By jettisoning Jones' pungent prose, all the characters ended up sounding exactly the same, like Malick just thinking aloud in the sort of white-noise pseudo-philosophical jumble that Godard litters his films with.

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The Thin Red Line Review


Good
War is hell. I think.

Terrence Malick's long-awaited and severely overhyped Line is plenty red, but it isn't thin at all. In fact, it's damn thick and dense, and it meanders about like a lazy river.

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Undertow Review


OK
However you may feel about David Gordon Green's movies, his strong suit is his ability to create powerful moments from the simplest daily activities. His characters feel like whole people, whether you're aware of their entire personal history or not. And the settings in which his films take place play an intricate role in the overall story without getting tedious or feeding into stereotypes.

The same could be said for Undertow, a richly filmed human drama of two boys being raised by single father John (Dermot Mulroney). Chris (Jamie Bell), being the stronger teen, is forced to do much of the labor around their small rural farm while little brother Tim (Devon Alan) eats poorly due to stomach problems. John's brother Deel (Josh Lucas) comes to stay after being released from prison to exact revenge for losing his woman and his inheritance to John, and Chris must forget his illusions of leaving familial obligations to ensure his and Tim's survival.

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The Beautiful Country Review


Good
It's getting harder to appreciate an immigrant saga like The Beautiful Country in which audiences are expected to be swayed by the poor and huddled masses. After all, isn't the United States a country of immigrants? To make such a film memorable, directors should try one of two things: Remind us of the importance of this notion through a distinctive personal narrative, or tell us something we haven't heard before. The Beautiful Country flirts with both possibilities, but not enough to produce something memorable.

In 1990 Vietnam, Binh (newcomer Damien Nguyen) has an even more difficult time because of his genetics. He's the product of a mixed marriage, a hasty but loving union of a Vietnamese mother and G.I. father, neither of whom he has seen in years. After he's forced out of his master/guardian's house, Binh, armed with little more than an old photograph and a bicycle, treks to Saigon where he reunites with his mother. A tragic accident forces another long, winding trek to America to find his father.

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Terrence Malick

Date of birth

30th November, 1943

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Terrence Malick Movies

Song To Song Trailer

Song To Song Trailer

The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two...

Knight Of Cups Trailer

Knight Of Cups Trailer

Rick is one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood but after the death of his...

To The Wonder Trailer

To The Wonder Trailer

Neil is the subject of a cautionary tale about the dangers of falling in love....

To the Wonder Movie Review

To the Wonder Movie Review

Frankly, a bad Terrence Malick film is better than 90 percent of movies released in...

The Tree of Life Movie Review

The Tree of Life Movie Review

Malick takes a bold, intensely personal approach to this big story about life, the universe...

The Tree Of Life Trailer

The Tree Of Life Trailer

Watch the trailer for The Tree of LifeThe Tree Of Life is Terrance Malick's first...

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Amazing Grace Movie Review

Amazing Grace Movie Review

For a film with all the stylistic panache of a BBC period yawner and all...

The New World Movie Review

The New World Movie Review

Is there a more frustrating living director than Terrence Malick? It's hard to imagine another...

The Thin Red Line Movie Review

The Thin Red Line Movie Review

War is hell. I think.Terrence Malick's long-awaited and severely overhyped Line is plenty red,...

The Beautiful Country Movie Review

The Beautiful Country Movie Review

It's getting harder to appreciate an immigrant saga like The Beautiful Country in which audiences...

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