Magazine May 6, 2013, Issue

A Master’s Misfire

Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in To the Wonder (Redbud Pictures)
A review of To the Wonder.

Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, his follow-up to the rapturous and rapturously reviewed Tree of Life, has been treated unkindly by the critics, and I’m sorry to say that it deserves that treatment. I had hoped, before seeing it, that the reactions to Malick movies simply moved in cycles, and that the new film was facing a backlash only because Tree of Life had earned so much praise — much as Malick’s The New World, a true masterpiece, was underrated by critics who had overpraised The Thin Red Line a few years earlier.

But no, this time the complainers have it

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Borg Queen

It is a rare thing when human events run ahead of science-fiction predictions. Usually, we’re years behind: According to George Orwell, we should have been living under the boot heel ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Michael Poppins

A few years ago, after an enjoyable match at the nearby Victoria Cricket Club, I arrived at Rustico, a fine restaurant in the small village of Flatts at the western ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

King Roger

A few years ago, Zev Chafets wrote a book about Rush Limbaugh. Now he has written a book about Roger Ailes. He seems to be making a specialty of larger-than-life ...
Politics & Policy

Tilting Left

The question is not whether college professors are liberal. That much is certain, as one can ascertain by asking any college graduate — or consulting reams of survey data. The ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

On Location In “Where She’s Coming From” (April 22), Florence King asserts that the movie Love Story “was actually filmed at Fordham.” Perhaps some of the scenes were filmed at Fordham, ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ As one wag has said, “The worst part about being a domestic terrorist is all those midterms you have to grade in 20 years.” ‐ The bombing of the Boston ...
Athwart

The Obvious Explanation

Conspiracy theories about the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing began immediately. Of course. Just like 9/11. On that grim day, you’ll recall, we learned that several foreigners acting on orders from ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

AT LA BASILIQUE DU SACRÉ-COEUR DE MONTMARTRE I looked out on Montmartre and I wept. So many roofs of straight slate, gray and blue, the terra-cotta stovepipes all that kept a hint of warmth ...
Happy Warrior

The Bickering Genocides

Justin Bieber, my successor as Canada’s teen heartthrob, is currently touring Europe. Passing through Amsterdam, he was taken to visit the Anne Frank House and afterwards signed the guest book. ...

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