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.

1996, Sony Repertory, 91 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

The movie that introduced Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers (Owen and Luke) to the world is a sweet, hilarious combination of coming-of-age tale and heist movie. Owen plays a persistently optimistic slacker whose dreams of a big score don't quite mesh with his lack of aptitude for crime and, in the role of elder statesman, James Caan plays the mob boss with whom Wilson and his friends collide.

1998, Buena Vista Pictures, 93 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson came up with THE GRADUATE for the late 1990s with this affectionate but unblinking look at the rewards and pitfalls that come with the naivete of adolescence. Jason Schwartzman plays Max, a prep school kid who befriends disillusioned businessman Bill Murray - until both are attracted to Max's beautiful teacher (Olivia Williams).

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