January 8, 1999 |
Terrence Malick's endlessly anticipated version of The Thin Red Line is a movie launched to great expectations that are probably unrealistic and inevitable comparisons that are surely unfair. Malick's first movie since the brilliant Days of Heaven (1978) will be fervently scrutinized as the work of a filmmaker who has enlarged his legend by stubbornly refusing to add to it. And The Thin Red Line must follow in the imposing wake of the Sam Higgins boats that so unforgettably opened Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.
June 10, 2011
Directed by Terrence Malick. With Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn. Distributed by Fox Searchlight. Running time: 2 hours, 18 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (violence, adult themes) Playing at: Ritz East
January 11, 2002 |
When The Thin Red Line came out in December 1998, movie geeks (or buffs, or cineastes, depending on how hifalutin you want to get) were in a tizzy over the return of Terrence Malick, its director. Legendary and legendarily slow, Malick had but two earlier features to his credit: 1973's killing spree love story, Badlands, with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and 1978's Days of Heaven. An elegiac and stormy romance set in the wee days of the 20th century, this slow but striking gem stars Brooke Adams, Richard Gere and Sam Shepard and boasts the astounding cinematography of two Oscar winners, Nestor Alemandros and Haskell Wexler.
April 12, 2013 |
THE LUSTROUS beauty of a Terrence Malick movie reminds us that life on our compromised Eden is a precious thing. Too precious to spend in a Terrence Malick movie? In the case of "To the Wonder," I'd say yes. Malick's latest finds him retreating further from conventional character, story and dialogue, more determined than ever to indulge in his chosen aesthetic of collage, disembodied voiceovers and the barest suggestion of story. His subject in "To The Wonder" appears to be romantic love, although also on display are familiar Malick themes of a despoiled paradise presided over by a hidden and possibly indifferent God. His movies have made a slow march from the rural and the past to the urban/suburban and the present, and "To The Wonder" continues that process - it's the story of an American man (Ben Affleck)
June 11, 2011
Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Rose Byrne head the talented cast of women in this foul-mouthed and funny comedy in which everything that can go wrong with a wedding does. Go wrong. Not for the straitlaced. R Midnight in Paris Woody Allen's flight of fancy takes Owen Wilson to the City of Light, where the present-day Hollywood screenwriter somehow meets up with a Jazz Age muse (Marion Cotillard) and a few of the great artists (Picasso, Dali) and expat scribes (Hemingway, Fitzgerald)
March 22, 2013 |
THOSE WHO accuse Harmony Korine of sensationalist booty-shakin' exploitation in "Spring Breakers" fail to capture just how dull this movie really is. It certainly lacks the punk punch of the director's previous provocations, like "Gummo," and often seems like the work of another director entirely. See if you can guess which one: Disembodied voice-overs hovering above the sunsets and slow-motion curling surf, painterly studies of the human form, visual meditations of beauty that flow into visual meditations on violence, intimations of the eternal, of faith (there's even a girl named Faith)
January 20, 2006 |
In the opening moments of The New World an ominous thunderclap silences the birdsong, signaling the arrival of English colonists in Powhatan country (now Virginia) in 1607. Can the native Powhatans, who tread lightly on the bountiful land, coexist with the English, who deforest acres to build Jamestown colony? Terrence Malick's ravishing film, a meditation on America's foundation myth, centers on the encounter between Powhatan princess Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher) and English adventurer John Smith (Colin Farrell)
March 28, 2014
IN 2014, Joe Manganiello will appear in a Terrence Malick movie and an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, an acting feat surely never to be duplicated. As if being voted favorite pop-culture werewolf of all time were not already enough. The "True Blood" regular (Alcide Herveaux) just learned that he made the final edit for director Malick's latest mystery opus, "Knight of Cups. " He also plays one of Schwarzenegger's posse in "Sabotage," opening today. You may also know him as the stripper Big ---- Richie in "Magic Mike.
January 14, 1999 |
Both Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line feature the signature World War II movie sequence of landing craft jammed with soldiers edging through rough waves to enemy beaches. Given what happens after they land, it would be hard to imagine two more different movies about the same war. When Steven Spielberg restaged the storming of Omaha Beach on D-Day in Saving Private Ryan, he marshaled every tool in his prodigious technical arsenal to put the bloody realities of war on the screen with an immediacy that was without compromise or precedent.