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ISLE OF DOGS

PG-13/ 101 Minutes
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum

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  • Sunday, April 22:  (1:00), 3:15, 5:30, 8:00
  • Monday, April 23 - Thursday, April 26:  (5:30), 8:00

     

 

 

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

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Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' is smart and fun

• Four stars out of four •

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Isle of Dogs” is the latest film from writer-director Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) — and one of his best. As he did with “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Anderson proves that in the right hands stop-motion animation can be put to brilliant storytelling purposes. The film is not only hilariously entertaining, but also firmly in the tradition of such political parables as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”

Fans of Anderson’s offbeat approach won’t be disappointed, and the first-rate voice cast — which also includes Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton — delivers each word with panache.

There’s so much going on in “Isle of Dogs” that it probably has to be seen at least twice to be properly appreciated. How many films can you say that about?

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LEAN ON PETE

Rated R/ 121 Minutes
Directed by: Andrew Haigh
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Charlie Plummer

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  • Sunday, April 22:  (11:15), 1:45, 4:15, 7:00
  • Monday, April 23 - Thursday, April 26:  (4:15), 7:00

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse's gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father's absence-until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend's life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn't seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

'Lean on Pete' is a poignant coming-of-age story

3½ stars out of four •

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, “Lean on Pete” is not the sentimental boy-and-his-horse flick that audiences might expect, and it’s certainly not for children. It’s a contemplative art film of subtle beauty, reminiscent of such indie dramas as “American Honey” and “Wendy and Lucy.”

Working from his own screenplay, British director Andrew Haigh (“45 Years”) paints a portrait of an America seldom seen on film — a land in which folks struggle from paycheck to paycheck with little hope and less opportunity. And he elicits a strong performance from Plummer (“All the Money in the World”), who poignantly captures Charley’s vulnerability.

“Lean on Pete” demands a different kind of attention from moviegoers. But the rewards are worth it.

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