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Review: Malick's latest is flawed but heavenly

Tuesday - 4/9/2013, 8:04pm  ET

This undated photo provided by Magnolia Pictures shows Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko in a scene from, "To the Wonder." (AP Photo/Magnolia Pictures, Mary Cybulski)

AP Entertainment Writer

"Wonder" has always been the word with Terrence Malick.

He might be the most sought-after, high-budget art-house filmmaker on the planet, a director whose talent for cinematic poetry and freeform improvisation gives him virtually the pick of Hollywood's A-list litter. But for all his voice-over philosophizing, his movies are completely guileless. He makes simple films beautifully, with a childlike sense of wonder. Even if his films fail to leave you elated, you can't help but feel cleansed by their innocent purity.

A new Malick masterwork is always an event, but as the releases have grown more commonplace, so, too has the feeling that his movie world -- so separate from others -- has developed its own systematic clich
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