2001, Buena Vista Pictures, 110 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson jumps from intimate character study into the epic form without losing his keen observational eye. Gene Hackman is both hilarious and tragic as the patriarch of a dysfunctional family of geniuses who struggle to connect with one another and the world at large. Aided by a dynamite cast that includes Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Gwyneth Paltrow, Anderson tells his most ambitious and emotionally powerful story to date.

2006, 20th Century Fox, 84 min, Dir: Mike Judge

Mike Judge’s ahead-of-its-time sci-fi comedy predicts a time in which our collective intelligence has dropped so low that it threatens to destroy the world. When average guy Luke Wilson, sent into hibernation 500 years earlier, awakes into this brave new world, America is run by a corrupt, sociopathic former pro-wrestler with severe anger management issues, and the most popular entertainment in the land is a YouTube-esque video playlist called “Ow My Balls.”

2014, Screen Media Films, 93 min, USA, Dir: Helen Hunt

I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,” notes writer-producer-director Helen Hunt of her new comedy, in which she stars as Jackie, a New Yorker editor who follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to Los Angeles after he drops out of college to become a surfer. Luke Wilson costars as a surf instructor who hits it off with Jackie.

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