FANTASTIC MR. FOX
2009, 20th Century Fox, 87 min, Dir: Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson's first animated film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voiced by George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live an idyllic home life with son Ash (Jason Schwartzman), but the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox. When he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief, he ends up endangering the whole animal community.


POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
1990, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Carrie Fisher adapted her semi-autobiographical best-seller about an actress (Meryl Streep) struggling to get her career back on track after a stint in rehab, and to come to terms with her mother (Shirley MacLaine), who had been a star herself a few decades earlier. Streep’s Oscar-nominated performance makes one wish she got more comedic roles and, as usual in a Nichols film, even the smaller parts shine, with Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and Annette Bening among the supporting cast.


MANHATTAN
1979, Park Circus/MGM, 96 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Director Woody Allen is a divorced New York City comedy writer interacting with a divergent variety of friends and lovers in this biting comedy-drama about relationships. Costarring a dream cast, including Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy and Tisa Farrow. Shot by Gordon Willis in rapturously beautiful B&W.


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