The Whimsical World of Wes Anderson
November 30–December 20
Following on his biggest hit, summer's MOONRISE KINGDOM, fans of Wes Anderson's singularly stylish, obsessively detailed and inventive comedies can revisit his work to date – each a cult classic in its own right.
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FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Wes Anderson made an impressive foray into stop-motion animation with this affectionate adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voiced by George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live a respectable life in one of the better neighborhoods in the forest. But years of quiet domesticity prove too much for Mr. Fox's wild animal instincts; soon, he slips back into his old ways as a thief, endangering his family and the whole animal community. Featuring the voice talents of Anderson mainstays Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, plus Willem Dafoe and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker.
DIR/SCR/PROD Wes Anderson; SCR Noah Baumbach, based on the novel by Roald Dahl; PROD Allison Abbate, Jeremy Dawson, Scott Rudin. US, 2009, color, 87 min. RATED PG
Fri, Nov 30, 5:00, 9:30; Sun, Dec 2, 11:00 a.m.
Wannabe outlaw Owen Wilson engineers buddy Luke Wilson's "escape" from his minimum security mental clinic, then sets to scheming some more practice runs for their dreamed-of life of crime: first Luke's parents' suburban home, then a bookstore, and finally a real job for low-level local kingpin James Caan. Wes Anderson's first film, co-scripted with Wilson, displays the quirky charm, deadpan comedy and fondness for big-hearted dreamers that would become his hallmarks. "A hilarious, inventive and goofy breath of fresh air." – Desson Thomson, The Washington Post.
DIR/SCR Wes Anderson; SCR Owen Wilson; PROD Cynthia Hargrave, Polly Platt. US, 1996, color, 91 min. RATED R
Sat, Dec 1, 9:45; Thu, Dec 6, 9:30
There's never been a student like Rushmore's Max Fischer, who never met an extracurricular activity he didn't like. He saved Latin – what did YOU ever do? This touching and utterly unique film features Bill Murray as Herman Blume, a droll foil to Max's scheming dreamer. Things get complicated when they both vie for the affections of a lovely first-grade teacher at Rushmore. With Olivia Williams, Brian Cox, Luke Wilson and Seymour Cassel.
DIR/SCR Wes Anderson; SCR Owen Wilson; PROD Barry Mendel, Paul Schiff. US, 1998, color, 93 min. RATED R
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Family isn't a word...it's a sentence.
Fri, Dec 7, 9:00; Sat, Dec 8, 10:45; Sun, Dec 9, 6:15; Mon, Dec 10, 4:30; Tue, Dec 11, 9:30; Wed, Dec 12, 4:30, 9:20
Gene Hackman gives one of his best-loved performances as the ne'er-do-well, absentee patriarch of the eccentric Tenenbaum family. Possibly ill – possibly faking – he seeks to reconnect with his three offspring, child prodigies in their youth, highly disillusioned adults in the present: stock whiz Ben Stiller, a hyper-protective father since the death of his wife; playwright Gwyneth Paltrow, formerly prolific, now merely promiscuous; and tennis pro Luke Wilson, a one-time phenom undone by a broken heart. Wes Anderson's storybook sensibility is in full bloom – from the Tenenbaum family history to their rambling old New York mansion – giving this skewed family comedy great charm and verve.
DIR/SCR/PROD Wes Anderson; SCR Owen Wilson; PROD Barry Mendel, Scott Rudin. US, 2001, color, 110 min. RATED R
Sat, Dec 8, 8:30; Sun, Dec 9, 1:00; Mon, Dec 10, 9:20; Thu, Dec 13, 9:00
Summer, 1965. On an island off the coast of New England, Sam and Suzy, two 12-year-olds, fall in love, make a pact and go on the lam in Wes Anderson's affecting adolescent adventure. As Suzy's parents (Anderson stalwart Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) search for the troubled youths, aided by the local sheriff (Bruce Willis) and Sam's Khaki Scout troop leader (Ed Norton), a violent storm is brewing offshore.
DIR/SCR/PROD Wes Anderson; SCR Roman Coppola; PROD Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson. US, 2012, color, 94 min. RATED PG-13
THE DARJEELING LIMITED
Preceded by the short film HOTEL CHEVALIER, featuring Natalie Portman
Fri, Dec 14, 5:00; Sat, Dec 15, 11:10 a.m.; Wed, Dec 19, 4:45; Thu, Dec 20, 9:15
Having not spoken since the death of their father, three brothers set off on a train ride across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other — to become brothers again like they used to be. But when their "spiritual quest" veers rapidly off course, they find themselves stranded in the desert with nothing but 11 suitcases, a printer and a laminating machine. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman star in this soulful fraternal affair, written by Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, inspired by their own trip to India.
DIR/SCR/PROD Wes Anderson; SCR/PROD Roman Coppola; SCR Jason Schwartzman; PROD Scott Rudin, Lydia Dean Pilcher. US, 2007, color, 91 min. RATED R
THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU
Fri, Dec 14, 3:00; Mon, Dec 17, 9:20; Tue, Dec 18, 7:00
Bill Murray is undersea explorer Steve Zissou, on an Ahab-like quest for the elusive "jaguar shark" responsible for his best friend's death, while trying hard to hold his position in the oceanographer game against flashier, better-funded rivals. Team Zissou includes Anderson regulars Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston, plus Cate Blanchett as an enchanting and very pregnant journalist, Willem Dafoe as Zissou's loyal first mate and Jeff Goldblum as rival captain Alistair Hennessey.
DIR/SCR/PROD Wes Anderson; SCR Noah Baumbach; PROD Barry Mendel, Scott Rudin. US, 2004, color, 119 min. RATED R
Fri, Dec 14, 7:00; Sat, Dec 15, 10:05; Wed, Dec 19, 9:20