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With the new Blu-ray release of Anderson’s 2012 standout Moonrise Kingdom, The Criterion Collection has now issued all but one of his movies with a deluxe treatment that celebrates that universe.

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In films like 21 Grams, Biutiful, and Babel, he revels in the misery of his characters and then contrives to make them even more miserable. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of misery and pretentiousness in Birdman (which is subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) but its mostly psychosomatic—and often played for laughs, which is a new thing for Iñárritu.

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It is especially baffling when a movie has all the high-end acting talent in the world and still finds a way to shit the bed. Here’s the 10 biggest offenders, from novelist and Scene-Stealers contributor Warren Cantrell.

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In The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson seems to fully resolve two warring sides of his creative personality, the need to craft exciting visual moments and the ability to build a cohesive long form narrative.

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It’s the dog days of summer as we talk about three movies that round out the summer movie season.

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If you love Anderson’s previous work, you’ll be very happy with ‘Moonrise Kingdom.’ If you’ve been on the fence about his films since ‘Rushmore,’ then if you can make it through the first half you should be happy with the final half.

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