Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work The Eerie Connection Between 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Tomorrowland' The Eerie Connection Between 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Tomorrowland' Digging Into the Cannes Lineup: More Vet Auteurs and Women, No Netflix Digging Into the Cannes Lineup: More Vet Auteurs and Women, No Netflix Ryan Gosling in Talks for 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' Ryan Gosling in Talks for 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' You Can Now Read Over 200,000 Leaked Sony Emails and Documents You Can Now Read Over 200,000 Leaked Sony Emails and Documents Watch: The New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Has Landed Watch: The New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Has Landed Watch the Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Watch the Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Watch: This Exclusive Tribeca Trailer Promises a Vérité Southern Gothic in Malick Vein Watch: This Exclusive Tribeca Trailer Promises a Vérité Southern Gothic in Malick Vein 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 'Queen of Earth,' Starring a Gloriously Unhinged Elisabeth Moss, Goes to IFC 'Queen of Earth,' Starring a Gloriously Unhinged Elisabeth Moss, Goes to IFC Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series Why the Istanbul Film Festival Cancelled Its 2015 Competition Why the Istanbul Film Festival Cancelled Its 2015 Competition The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray's 50s Masterpiece 'The Apu Trilogy' (Exclusive) The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray's 50s Masterpiece 'The Apu Trilogy' (Exclusive) MTV Movie Awards 2015: The Highs, the Lows and the Winners List (Videos) MTV Movie Awards 2015: The Highs, the Lows and the Winners List (Videos) Arthouse Audit: 'Ex Machina' Leads Four Big Openers, Kristen Stewart Opens 'Clouds of Sils Maria' Arthouse Audit: 'Ex Machina' Leads Four Big Openers, Kristen Stewart Opens 'Clouds of Sils Maria' The New Ladder: Anatomy of Indie Women's Picture 'Farah Goes Bang' The New Ladder: Anatomy of Indie Women's Picture 'Farah Goes Bang' Here's the First Image of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Here's the First Image of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in 'Sils Maria'--and Won a Cesar Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in 'Sils Maria'--and Won a Cesar Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever

Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 27, 2011 at 5:30AM

This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. Our recommendation for a worthwhile experience is Terrence Malick's long-awaited Palme d'Or-winner, The Tree of Life.
2
Thompson on Hollywood


This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. Our recommendation for a worthwhile experience is Terrence Malick's long-awaited Palme d'Or-winner, The Tree of Life.

More details, reviews and trailers below:

More reviews: MovieReviewIntelligence, RottenTomatoes, Metacritic.

The Hangover Part II, Warner Bros. | Dir: Todd Phillips, Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamatti | What Comparing The Hangover to Bridesmaids Says About Hollywood's Gender Problem | Todd Phillips Interview | Comparing The Hangover Part II to The Godfather | ThePlaylist: "A Lazy, Unpleasant and Unfunny Mess" | Will It Break Records Anyway?

Thompson on Hollywood


The Tree of Life, Fox Searchlight | Dir: Terrence Malick, Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, The Sheridan, Laramie Eppler | B+ criticWIRE | TOH! Review | Review Round-Up | Stunning Images | ThePlaylist: "Bursting with ideas, images, sounds and a deep well of spirituality rarely ever tackled in either independent or mainstream cinema." | Leonard Maltin: "the parts are greater than the whole." | Eric Kohn: "More meditation than movie,..bound to mystify, awe and exasperate in equal measures." | Palme d'Or Winner.

Kung Fu Panda 2, Paramount | Dir: Jennifer Yuh, Cast (Voices): Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Jean-Claude Van Damme | Joe Morgenstern: "Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D."

Thompson on Hollywood


Tuesday, After Christmas, Lorber Films (Romania) | Dir: Radu Muntean, Cast: Dragos Bucur, Maria Popistasu, Victor Rebengiuc, Mimi Branescu, Mirela Oprisor | B+ criticWIRE.

Thompson on Hollywood


Small Town Murder Songs, Monterey Media (Canada) | Dir: Ed Gass-Donnelly, Cast: Peter Stormare, Aaron Poole, Martha Plimpton, Jill Hennessy | C criticWIRE.

United Red Army, Lorber Films | Dir: Kôji Wakamatsu, Cast: Maki Sakai, Arata, Akie Namaki, Gô Jibiki | Official Site.

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Video, Brad Pitt, Warner Bros./New Line, Fox Searchlight, Trailers


E-Mail Updates