“For a vacation without aggravation.” So begins The Green Book, a guide for black travelers of the limited establishments they were welcome at in a segregated America. Published in the decades leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and a few years beyond), the handbook could be considered more valuable than a Bible for its intended readers as they navigate to safe passage amongst a cesspool of racism. In Peter Farrelly’s entertaining, easy-to-please dramedy Green Book, it’s the…
“Tell us a story from before we can remember.”
How can you improve upon one of the greatest films of all-time? Terrence Malick’s “Extended Version” of The Tree of Life–188 minutes long, and now available on The Criterion Collection–is less a radical reinvention and more a gratifying expansion, giving a deeper imprint to various threads of the original, ultimately sculpting a more affecting, fleshed-out picture of a story that remains boundlessly evocative in its ambition.