DE PALMA
2016, A24, 107 min, Dir: Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow

Directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow get legendary auteur Brian De Palma to talk about his career for nearly two hours straight in this candid, entertaining look at a life in the cinema. In a wide-ranging conversation illustrated by clips from the director’s oeuvre, De Palma provides a crash course in what it was like to be at the center of the American cinema’s last golden age. This documentary is a treasure trove for his fans, and for fans of movies in general.


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.


SCHOOL OF ROCK
2003, Paramount, 108 min, Dir: Richard Linklater

Jack Black turns it up to 11 in one of his best performances. In this hit musical comedy, the Tenacious D frontman plays a down-on-his-luck musician who bluffs his way into a teaching gig at a prep school and decides that the kids need some lessons in rock & roll. While Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman offer some resistance, the young band Black nurtures proves a formidable force.


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