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'To the Wonder'
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko
Screening at: Venice, Toronto
Why: Who ever thought we'd see Terrence Malick debut new films in back-to-back years? With the traditionally slow-moving auteur working on another as we speak, the day could come when we actually need a little distance from him. Until then, it's hard not to be excited for his sixth feature in almost forty years, and his first non-period piece: a love story, drawn from Malick's own romantic past, between two former high-school sweethearts (Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams) who reunite as the former's marriage is going south. Sounds unusually conventional for the director, but we can't guess what he really has up his sleeve until we see it. Luscious imagery from master DP Emmanuel Lubezki, however, seems a given.