The newest film from Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) is a captivating 1930s-set caper rich in sly intelligence and depth of feeling. In a twisty tale of murder, theft, conspiracy and unlikely friendship, the filmmaker arranges his characters in detail-perfect dioramas, but with a bracing awareness of the fascism, war and decay about to encroach upon their lovingly hand-crafted world. The result is no musty nostalgia trip but rather a vibrant and imaginative evocation of a bygone era, with a brilliant lead performance from Ralph Fiennes. An impressive ensemble cast also includes Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Tom Wilkinson, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, and Jeff Goldblum. (R, 99 mins.)
Tickets on sale now. First opera Oct 5.