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Katy Perry’s Fireworks for the 4th of July!

 

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Last time, it was a bunch of Nine movies.  Now for some reason we have a bunch of movies with “tree” in the title.  Here’s a quick guide to help keep them all straight.

Tree of Life is the impressionistic, sometimes mystifying Terrence Malick movie starring Brad Pitt as a powerful and sometimes abusive father of three boys in 1950’s Waco, Texas.

“The Tree” is a mystical Australian story of loss and rebirth.

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“The Family Tree” is an offbeat comedy about a dysfunctional family with a mother who has lost her memory, staring Rachel Leigh Cook and Hope Davis.

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“If a Tree Falls” is a documentary about the environmental activist group, the Earth Liberation Front.

Oh, and there’s also another movie called “The Family Tree,” but that won’t be out until next year.  It’s the story of an estranged father and son and it stars Gabrielle Union and “Mad Men’s” John Slattery.

 

The wildly popular Awkward Family Photos website has a new competition in honor of next week’s release of “Horrible Bosses.”  It’s called Awkward Office PhotosTake a look and vote for your favorite — and feel better that you don’t work with any of these people.

And to avoid showing up in a future contest, take a look at my interview with former White House photographer Tracey Attlee about how to create an office portrait that conveys confidence and competence.

Many thanks to Travis Hopson and John Nolan for including me on their wonderful “Punch Drunk Critics” podcast on Blog Talk Radio. Along with my dear friend Tim Gordon, we had a great discussion of the best — and worst — of 2011 so far. What would you pick?