THE WITCHES
1990, Warner Bros., 91 min, UK/USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother vacation at an English seaside resort, only to discover that witches have gathered there with a plot to turn all the children in England into mice. Though often encased in prosthetics, Anjelica Huston is clearly having a wonderful time playing the Grand High Witch; Rowan Atkinson also offers a delightful turn as the resort manager. This big-screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel was the final film Muppet magician Jim Henson worked on before his death.


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.


THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU
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).


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