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More Thoughts & 3 More Reviews Of Terrence Malick's Luminous, But Uneven 'Tree Of Life'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2011 3:00 AM
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Yes, you've read our initial review of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," but we've got a few more, simply because it's a film that demands discussion and contrary to popular belief, members of The Playlist do not share a brain or utilize hivemind thinking, but three writers from the site saw the film at different times yesterday in New York and L.A., and all of us came to relatively the same conclusions. Three more writers, three different, but similar takes on the film. Find them after the jump.

Brad Pitt On Malick's Cannes Absence: "He Focuses On Building Houses, Not Selling Real Estate"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2011 5:04 AM
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Plus 9 New Photos From The FilmAlright, Terrence Malick's long-awaited, long-anticipated "The Tree of Life" has landed at the Cannes Film Festival and as many of us have guessed, reactions are mixed as the experimental, more meditative-focused rather than narrative-focused picture has proven to be a divisive effort (here's our reaction and review and here's an extremely comprehensive compilation of reaction from the criterati at large).

Brad Pitt Plays The Masculine Asshole Dad (As Promised) In New 'Tree Of Life' Clip

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 12, 2011 9:54 AM
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"TREE OF LIFE!" "TREE OF LIFE!" USA! USA! "TREE OF LIFE!"

Jessica Chastain Has A Smart Part In Terrence Malick's Next, Still Untitled Romantic Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:34 AM
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Terrence Malick's long awaited "The Tree Of Life" will unspool a week from today at the Cannes Film Festival, and the picture that had remained hidden for so long, will finally be revealed and talked about. In the past, we'd just have to wait patiently until the director decided what he would do next. However, Malick seems to have a fire lit under him as before "The Tree Of Life" was done, last fall, he got started on another film.

Another Twist In 'The Tree Of Life' U.K. Release Saga As Legal Battle Kicks Off

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 1, 2011 12:57 PM
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A brief addendum to our piece yesterday on the story behind the surprise announcement of a U.K. release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" before its mooted Cannes debut -- and it's another twist in what's turned out to be one of the more interesting behind-the-scenes business stories of the year. Icon Film Distribution Ltd, who've been set to distribute the film in the U.K. for some time, announced a May 4th release at the start of the week, something firmly denied by the film's U.S. distributors Fox Searchlight, and others close to the film.

What In The Name of Jessica Chastain Is Going On With 'The Tree of Life' And Its U.K. Release Date?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Probably the biggest controversy of the week (despite the efforts of Disney and Jennifer Garner) has come over "The Tree of Life," the latest film from Terrence Malick that has been whipping up near-religious levels of anticipation in film fans everywhere, ourselves included. The film was all-but-confirmed to be playing Cannes last week, something that's been rumored ever since Fox Searchlight announced they'd be opening it in the U.S. at the end of May. But a spanner was thrown into the works by Empire's story on Monday that Icon, the distribution company originally founded by Mel Gibson, and who have the rights to the film in a number of territories, were planning to release it in the U.K. on Wednesday May 4th -- a week before Cannes gets underway, and over three weeks before the film opens in the States.

New Poster & Images For Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Offers Snapshots Of Nature And Grace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 7:49 AM
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At the rate news is building around Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" you would think it starred a masked hero in spandex. But kudos to Fox Searchlight for turning the director's cerebral film about existence, the universe and uh, dinosaurs into an event. A brand spanking new poster, two stills and two brand new sites for the film have been launched and while it hardly offers up anything particularly groundbreaking in terms of the film, it stokes the anticipation for the movie further.

U.K. Auds To See Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Before Everybody, May 4th Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 6:04 AM
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Wow, this is unexpected. With Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" pretty much confirmed for the Cannes Film Festival, we figured that it would serve as the global launchpad for the film, however, it turns out that's not the case.

A Universe Of Images From Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2011 7:09 AM
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Update: Images removed at the request of Fox Searchlight.

'The Tree of Life' Gets A Running Time; Alexandre Desplat Talks The Score

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2011 2:54 AM
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While the release schedule is starting to look a little less grim over the next few months -- most upcoming weekends promise at least one picture that doesn't actively insult our intelligence, which is a start -- the wait for the May release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" still seems interminable. It's a picture that we've been looking forward to for the last couple of years, so you'll excuse us if we jump on to any slivers of information about the film which has largely been under wraps.

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