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In the twenty years between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, Terrence Malick was elevated from director who salvaged Days of Heaven only after years of editing, to cinematic messiah. His aesthetic approach was canonized, and actors flocked to work with him, no matter how small the part. Now, with two movies in less than two years (and at least two more on the way) Malick is being brought down to Earth once more. This is a good thing. Once again, he’s just a guy who makes movies. Fortunately, he makes movies in a way that is unlike most others, and thanks to his improvisational process he still carries the trust of talented actors.

I’d very much like to love his latest film, To the Wonder. I do appreciate it quite a lot, which is something different. As if designed to be a miniature of his career, this movie describes a tension between the glorious and prosaic. It is not a conventional narrative, but rather a look over Malick’s shoulder as he feels his way towards an idea.

That idea is a portrait of our relationship to the divine, as expressed through four interconnected lives that sketch a difficult romantic relationship. Whether that “divine” is God or nature, or some ineffable truth, doesn’t really matter. Malick seeks to balance the first brush with wonder and the difficult process of sustaining it though the grind of everyday life. Read More »

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With Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reconnecting for The Internship this summer, their former Wedding Crashers co-stars Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams are plotting a reunion of their own, albeit for an entirely different type of project.

McAdams has entered talks to join Cooper and Emma Stone in the latest project by Cameron Crowe, billed as a romantic comedy in the vein of Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. That description alone is reason enough to get excited, but the great cast helps, too. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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‘To the Wonder’ Trailer: What Is Love?

“Prolific” isn’t a word you would’ve associated with Terrence Malick for the first forty years of his career, which yielded just five films. But it’s coming to define the next stage of it. Since 2011′s Tree of Life he’s been on a roll, with some four films due out in the next few years.

The first of those will be To the Wonder, which hits next month. The dreamy romantic drama stars Ben Affleck as Neil, a man caught between two loves: the French Marina (Olga Kurylenko), who moves with him to Oklahoma, and the all-American Jane (Rachel McAdams), who was his childhood sweetheart. Javier Bardem also stars, a priest suffering a crisis of faith. Hit the jump to check out the latest trailer.

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Terrence Malick has traditionally been one of the most reclusive American filmmakers. He does few interviews, and makes his films shrouded in as much secrecy as possible. But it’s very difficult to make a movie in a vacuum of late, and so we see occasional behind the scenes glimpses.

For To the Wonder, his most recent film, we’ve now got behind the scenes footage released through official channels ahead of the film’s opening. Here the actors, (Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem) discuss how there was really no script, and that their characters were shaped by Malick describing them, and that there was essentially a syllabus that included novels and philosophy.

There’s a lot here about shooting on location and the way the director likes to use light. One thing is noticeably absent in this footage, however: Terrence Malick. If you’re hoping for interviews with the still-reclusive director, forget about it. Still, this long featurette is worth a look. Read More »

Superheroes aren’t the only ones showing off their goods today. A batch of new photos have dropped for a trio of highly anticipated releases that don’t involve flowing capes or secret powers (at least, that we know of): Ti West‘s The Sacrament, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis, and Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder. Check them out after the jump.

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It took Terrence Malick three decades to release his first four features, but since 2011′s Tree of Life he’s been on a roll. He has four more films due out in the next few years, the first of which will be April’s To the Wonder.

We’ve already seen a couple of images from the film, but our best look yet comes in the form of this new trailer. It’s pretty much what you’d expect: a voiceover ruminating on love, meaningful shots of nature and lots of graceful frolicking. Olga KurylenkoBen AffleckRachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem star. Watch the video after the jump.

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An almost ridiculous amount of information about Terrence Malick‘s latest film, To The Wonder, has made its way online and if it was for almost any other film, I’d advise you to look away. Why would you want to spoil yourself? But this is Terrence Malick, and even if you know the entire plot, musical accompaniment and more about one of his films, odds are nothing can come close to ruining the surprises he has in store once you sit down in the theater.

To The Wonder will have it’s world premiere this weekend at the Venice Film Festival and stars Ben AffleckRachel McAdamsOlga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem. After the jump, read a detailed plot description, a reason why that might not be important at all, the soundtrack listing and much more. Seriously, it’s an embarassment of Terrence Malick riches. Read More »

After an uneven decade that included Redacted and The Black Dahlia, Brian De Palma is heading into the 2010s with this fall’s Passion. A remake of Alain Corneau’s Crime d’amour, the erotic thriller centers around a ruthless corporate executive named Christine (Rachel McAdams) and her bright but timid assistant Isabel (Noomi Rapace). Christine delights in manipulating her innocent protege, but when she goes a step too far, Isabel begins plotting her revenge. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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