THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
2014, Fox Searchlight, 100 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Somewhere in Zubrowka, before WWII wiped that country off the map, sits the Grand Budapest Hotel; at its heart is concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). With faithful lobby boy Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori) at his side, he keeps things running smoothly - until a priceless painting that could tip the balance of a family fortune arrives at the hotel. Writer-director Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast for this comedy-drama, with Oscar winners F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton joining such regular collaborators as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson.


THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT
1996, Sony Repertory, 129 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Millionaire pornographer Larry Flynt may seem an unlikely subject for a biopic, but in the hands of director Milos Forman and screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, his life and legal battles brilliantly illuminate the continuing American conflict between free speech and censorship. The outstanding cast is led by Woody Harrelson as the Hustler magazine founder, rocker Courtney Love as doomed stripper Althea Leasure and Edward Norton as attorney Alan Isaacman.


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