#20: THE TREE OF LIFE
Director: Terrence Malick
Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
Release Date: May 27
Why we’re excited: Throughout 2010, movie bloggers chomped clamored to see footage from Terrence Malick’s (The Thin Red Line, The New World) latest arthouse drama, The Tree of Life. Since the trailer’s mid-December debut, however, expectations have reached levels on par with Dr. Dre’s Detox. You know what? We’re right there with those cinephiles. Though the plot is still unclear, the trailer shows Brad Pitt as a hardnosed father, Sean Penn as a somber businessman, and special effects shots that bring to mind 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a beautifully shot and emotionally thick preview, one that tells us we’ll need our thinking cap’s for this one. Better stay away from all bars the night before.