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.

2004, Buena Vista Pictures, 119 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Featuring an all-star cast, this wonderfully strange film about an oceanographer and hack undersea documentarian (Bill Murray) seeking revenge on the shark that ate his partner is both hilarious and melancholy. A combination Jacques Cousteau and Captain Ahab, Murray plans to film his underwater revenge on the infamous jaguar shark. Those along for the journey include his ex-wife (Anjelica Huston), her ex-husband (Jeff Goldblum), a salty seaman (Willem Dafoe) and a man who may or may not be his son (Owen Wilson).

1990, Miramax, 110 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Frears

After a small-time scam backfires, Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is hospitalized, bringing his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) back into his life. When she tries to turn him away from girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening), Roy finds himself caught between con artists whose talent for deception far outstrips his own. Adapted from the Jim Thompson novel, this suspenseful neo-noir earned Oscar nominations for Frears, Huston, Bening and screenwriter Donald E. Westlake.

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