Starting on Saturday afternoon, Wes Anderson’s 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom will set up camp for several days at the Lyric cinema in Fort Collins, Colorado, where it will be screening as part of a complete retrospective celebrating the release of the director’s latest movie, the acclaimed stop-motion fantasy Isle of Dogs. A beguiling coming-of-age comedy, the Oscar-nominated Moonrise unfurls a tender story of first love: in 1965, on the coast of New England, twelve-year-old pen pals Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) run away together to an isolated island cove, activating a search party that includes the local police captain (Bruce Willis), his scout-troop leader (Edward Norton), and her lawyer parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand). With its meticulous compositions, eclectic vintage soundtrack, and huge ensemble cast (one that also features Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban), Moonrise stands as a beautiful expression of Anderson’s signature style, as well as one of the auteur’s most romantic and affecting works. “Moonrise Kingdom is an adventure movie in the true sense,” writes critic Geoffrey O’Brien in his liner notes for our edition of the film. “It breathes an air of freedom and curiosity and what can only be called elation as it charts the flight of a pair of young runaways just emerging from childhood.”
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.