Knight of Cups

Terrence Malick, an iconoclastic filmmaker who began making movies in the 1970s and seemed disinterested in flooding the market, has recently made himself a fixture of sorts on the release schedule.

click to enlarge Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in 'Knight of Cups'
Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in 'Knight of Cups'

Terrence Malick, an iconoclastic filmmaker who began making movies in the 1970s and seemed disinterested in flooding the market, has recently made himself a fixture of sorts on the release schedule. Knight of Cups marks his fourth film in 11 years (following a period where he directed just three films in 25 years) and focuses on an embrace of urban landscapes, in contrast to those earlier days when he roamed the natural world. Cups trains its vision on a writer (Christian Bale) wallowing in the excesses found in Los Angeles and Las Vegas while searching for love and a life path worthy of his talents and temperament. If nothing else, the film showcases the desire of a diverse collection of actors — Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Cherry Jones — to surrender to the chance to work with Malick, despite the understanding that they might not even make the final cut. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review

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