JOJO RABBIT
2019, 108 min, Dir: Taika Waititi

Writer-director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.


ISLE OF DOGS
2018, Fox Searchlight, 101 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Wes Anderson

This animated gem from writer-director Wes Anderson tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture. The star-studded voice cast includes Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum.


THE JUNGLE BOOK
2016, Walt Disney Studios, 96 min, Dir: Jon Favreau

This live-action reimagining of the 1967 animated favorite uses state-of-the-art digital imagery to bring an entire Indian jungle to a Los Angeles soundstage. Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves, who is threatened by Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) and must journey into the world. An all-star cast, including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken supplies the voices of the creatures Mowgli meets along the way.


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