The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Nope, it's not the huge concrete "tree" in the middle of Disney's animal-focused theme park. Winner of the Palm d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival despite being booed at its press screening, The Tree of Life ($25) is either one of the year's best or worst films — depending on which side you're on — but it's undoubtedly one of its most ambitious. Starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and directed by Terrence Malick, it goes far beyond its unorthodox, bits-and-pieces plot to bring us images of the Big Bang and an overarching discussion of existence itself. How you interpret it is, well, up to you.

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