From Rushmore to Moonlight Kingdom, Wes Anderson has made a number of great films. Nearly a decade after that stop-motion delight, Anderson is playing with miniature puppets again in Isle of Dogs, an original story inspired by a pair of creative forces that, on the surface, couldn’t seem more different: Akira Kurosawa and Ray Harryhausen. Isle of Dogs is actually the second Japanese-influenced stop-motion animated feature to be released in the past two years.
Versatility and consistency were the hallmarks for these performers, who won acclaim for roles in the past calendar year more than once
Mike Mills’ drama, the Centerpiece Selection of this year’s N.Y. Film Festival, is set in Santa Barbara, 1979, where the “crisis of confidence” that the president speaks about on TV resonates strongly with a family led by Bening’s matriarch