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The Tree of Life

Nonprolific filmmaker Terrence Malick returns for his fifth film in 40 years (following Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The New World). Like all his films, this one's really slow, incredibly philosophical and features plenty of shots of pretty trees. It's mostly about Brad Pitt as the conventionally strict father of a brood of boys in the 1950s. It's also about Sean Penn as the grown-up son of Brad Pitt wandering around a bunch of metaphysical-looking locations and whispering confusing things in voiceover. Additionally, it's about the creation of the universe and all life in it. More visual symphony than concrete narrative, this pure uncut piece of art will appeal to adventurous fans of Mr. Malick. The uninitiated, however, are likely to be equally impressed and bored. 138 minutes PG-13.