4. 'Song to Song'
Though it kills me to admit it, art films can be just as awful as formulaic Hollywood swill. Such is the case with this exercise in self-parody from master filmmaker Terrence Malick. Set against the Austin, Texas music scene, the film focuses on two couples: Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara play struggling songwriters. And Michael Fassbender is the predatory music mogul who ensares them both, plus a naïve waitress (Natalie Portman), in his web. The zombified actors mope around whispering their banal thoughts in voiceover until you want to scream, "Make it stop!" And this from the once untouchable film titan who gave us Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The Tree of Life before his visual grandeur turned to grandiosity. Sad. Sad. Sad.