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.


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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