The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures, TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, Screenplay by Wes Anderson, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Adam … More The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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Sorority Boys

B (out of 5) Hopelessly silly comedy tries to update Some Like It Hot for a new generation but fails to capture Billy Wilder’s wit or class. Three members of a top-ranking chauvinistic sorority are thrown out on their sorry asses when it is discovered that they have cleaned out their house’s safe and stolen … More Sorority Boys

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Monsters vs Aliens

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nothing ruins a wedding day like the bride turning into a giant monster (it usually happens later). After she gets hit by a powerful meteorite right as she enters her nuptial church, that is exactly what happens to Susan (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) in this adorable animated comedy. Immediately taken to … More Monsters vs Aliens

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In adapting a book by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson finds the perfect balance of perspectives as Dahl’s whimsy is convincingly made Anderson’s own, and the story is fine-tuned to towards the milquetoast characterizations and small-arc plot turns that made films like Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums so satisfying.  George Clooney and Meryl Streep do excellent … More Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Rushmore

BBBB (out of 5) Jason Schwartzman is hilarious as a lovesick student at the titular private school, a member of every possible after school club but failing every subject he’s studying. Olivia Williams is the teacher who is also the apple of his eye, but he’s going to have to fight to have her because … More Rushmore

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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Collage Cinemagraphique, American Empirical Pictures, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Scott Rudin.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.   There’s a moment of pure beauty somewhere … More The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

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