Master filmmaker Terrence Malick was once known for only creating a new film about every seven years, but he’s been picking up the pace.
His ambitious The Tree of Life from 2011 was followed up with To the Wonder just a year later. Now comes Knight of Cups, which follows Christian Bale as a screenwriter alternately cavorting and sulking through a parade of Hollywood opulence — attending parties stocked with real celebrities playing versions of themselves. In between, we also see Bale’s character (who says almost nothing outside of voice-over) struggle through relationships with women, including Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman (pictured with Bale), and his angry father, played by Brian Dennehy. THE WORD: Not everyone has a taste for Malick’s ponderous, poetic storytelling, but the striking visuals and star-packed cast here may still satisfy. COMING TO: Theaters
Last modified: January 17, 2018