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THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
2005, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 81 min, Dir: Noah Baumbach

When writers Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan (Laura Linney) agree to separate, the decision affects their sons most of all. Feeling the need to take sides, 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) both begin acting out in their own ways. The family’s fragile dynamic is further complicated by Bernard's and Joan’s attempts at finding new romance. Sweet and acerbic at once, this tautly written tale about what brings us together and pushes us apart garnered an Oscar nomination for writer-director Baumbach’s screenplay and Golden Globe nominations for Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.


MOONRISE KINGDOM
2012, Focus Features, 94 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities hunt for them, a violent storm is brewing offshore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, with Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.


THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
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.


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