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The Tree of Life Reviews: "Visionary Cinema, Shockingly Banal, Mesmerizing, Surrender To It"

The Tree of Life Reviews: "Visionary Cinema, Shockingly Banal, Mesmerizing, Surrender To It"
I heard a woman leaving the screening of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life say, "I want to read the reviews on this." That's what critics are for--to help moviegoers understand a complex work like this one. Here is my coverage, a round-up of others is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 3:55 AM
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Cannes: The Artist vs. Murder 101

Cannes: The Artist vs. Murder 101
Gee, given the choice to see a movie acquired by The Weinstein Co. that many critics rave about--The Artist--and Murder 101 (invite below), which would you choose?SCREENING: "Murder 101"Wednesday 18 May 14:00 hrs GRAY 5 Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor) plays FBI Agent Ridley alongside Dante Basco (Hook, Take The Lead, Biker Boyz) who plays D. Phillips. Critics have described this as a “new CW inspired teen slasher that is aiming to be the horror guilty pleasure this season with slick production values, backstabbing girls, hot soundtrack selections, and some gory killings...”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 2:46 AM
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Trailer Watch: Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs Remake, Starring Marsden, Skarsgård, Bosworth

Check out the trailer for Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs, starring James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth. Dustin Hoffman starred in the controversial 1971 Straw Dogs, based on Gordon Williams' 1970 novel, The Siege of Trencher's Farm (directed by Sam Peckinpah). The film is in theaters September 16.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 11:18 AM
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Cannes Review: Tree of Life Lures Packed House, Oscar-Worthy Pitt Speaks for Missing Director Malick

Cannes Review: Tree of Life Lures Packed House, Oscar-Worthy Pitt Speaks for Missing Director Malick
In all my years coming to Cannes, I've never seen the 8:30 AM Palais press screening fill up so fast. Guards were turning people away by 8 AM, who literally ran across the grass to queue for the back-up 9 AM screening at the Soixantieme. I decided not to wrestle my way in and took the path of least resistance to settle into a center middle row seat and let Terrence Malick's fifth feature, the luminous The Tree of Life, wash over me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 10:30 AM
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Cannes: Red Granite Hosts Performers Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Leo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper

Cannes: Red Granite Hosts Performers Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Leo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper
What becomes a legend most?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 3:38 AM
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Cannes: Weinstein Chases Wettest County in New Indie Landscape

Cannes: Weinstein Chases Wettest County in New Indie Landscape
The leopard does not change its spots. Harvey Weinstein's TWC may be back on top, with streamlined financing and a $400-million worldwide Oscar-winner (that King's Speech take is not all TWC's, of course), but that doesn't help the man to curtail his voracious appetites.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 3:16 AM
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Cannes: Sleeping Beauty Intros Director Leigh, Keeps Audience at Bay, Bought by Sundance Selects

Cannes: Sleeping Beauty Intros Director Leigh, Keeps Audience at Bay, Bought by Sundance Selects
Walking on the Croisette, I ran into Jane Campion, who was in town to support Australian novelist-turned-director Julia Leigh. Campion said that her "challenging" film Sleeping Beauty would never have gotten made if she hadn't agreed, when approached by Screen Australia, to "mentor" the project. Campion believes in this brainy writer-director, who came up with a fascinating way to confront moviegoers' comfort zone around female sexuality and prostitution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 1:02 AM
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BBC Films Develops Music and Silence with Director Lone Scherfig

BBC Films Develops Music and Silence with Director Lone Scherfig
Following up An Education and the upcoming romantic adaptation One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (Focus, August 19), director Lone Scherfig is developing another book, Music and Silence, with BBC Films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2011 5:29 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Femme Comedy Bridesmaids Rules New Openers

Weekend Box Office: Femme Comedy Bridesmaids Rules New Openers
Proving that a raunchy female comedy can be as potent at the box office as those for males, producer Judd Apatow's Bridesmaids led the field of new openers. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:A gaggle of satin-pink clad Bridesmaids were powerless against upsetting Thor’s $34.5 million hold at No. 1, but their gross-out shenanigans propelled female moviegoers to shell out $24.4 million this weekend, exceeding the studio's $15-$17 million estimate. Despite much PR fanfare and red band trailers exclaiming that R-rated Bridesmaids is the female Hangover, it didn't reach that level of box office, coming in under that film’s $45 million opening.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 15, 2011 5:15 AM
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Cannes: Jolie's Directing Debut Goes to FilmDistrict, Which Also Buys Looper, Starring Willis

Angelina Jolie isn't just coming to Cannes in support of partner Brad Pitt, who stars in Monday's debut of Terrence Malick's long-awaited The Tree of Life. She is also in the market to sell her debut as a director, the Bosnian war film In The Land of Blood and Honey. FilmDistrict, which has enjoyed a torrid three days of intense dealmaking, has picked up the Graham King production for December 23 domestic release the English-language version of the writer-director's film. Which makes sense, as King owns FilmDistrict. Bob Berney will mount a limited release holiday campaign for the film, which features local Bosnian talent, not Jolie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2011 4:35 AM
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