The Tree Of Life (PG-13)

★★★☆☆

Scant on story, even lighter on dialogue, Terrence Malick’s fifth feature in 38 years (and the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) will drive a lot of people crazy with its loose flaps and obvious casualties of the editing stage. This may be the most overtly Christian mainstream picture since The Passion of the Christ. Unlike that one, though, Malick’s film comes with a generosity of spirit large enough to get all sorts of people (including nonbelievers) thinking about the nature of faith and what it’s all about.

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