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This artfully precise comedy is full of rapier-sharp wit, and Ralph Fiennes's timing is note-perfect
The cinema of Wes Anderson is nothing if not mechanical. Watching his movies is less like marvelling at the silent workings of a Swiss watch than goggling at the innards of a grandfather clock, cogs and pulleys proudly displayed. Theatrical framing devices are everywhere, from book bindings to doll's houses to miniature stages and fluctuating screen ratios, with chapter headings a recurrent feature. As for the performances, one imagines that if Anderson were ever to include a "gag reel" of outtakes from his movies, it would include shots of an actor raising an eyebrow a millimetre too high, or placing a teacup an inch to the left of its allotted space upon a table.
Such choreographed precision and overwrought »
- Mark Kermode
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Wes Anderson has a unique approach to filmcraft, and that leads to some amazing characters. To help get you geared up for Anderson’s next adventure, the film has released a couple of new featurettes, and I have a very cool infographic on Anderson’s characters spanning many of his films.
The Grand Budapest Hotel really looks fantastic, though I have to admit to being a serious fan. It isn’t just the story, the characters, or even the great actors he gets involved, but the whole grand design of his films. What better format for letting him run loose than an old, European hotel?
The first featurette below runs you through the story, with cast and crew chiming in on what you can expect from the film. The second is a special trip, largely with Murray, through the location »
- Marc Eastman
Not even the world’s smartest time-traveling dog could beat the warriors of 300: Rise of an Empire at the box office, Friday.
The Zack Snyder-produced sequel to his 2007 blockbuster earned an impressive $17.7 million from 3,470 theaters. Thursday night the R-rated Warner Bros. and Legendary pic had brought in a decent $3.3 million from early showings. With a $108 million price tag, the Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton-led epic should still net around $45 million this weekend — right on track with predictions.
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman claimed the second place spot with an $8 million Friday from 3,934 theaters. The $145 million, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Wes Anderson's “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is shaping up to be an art-house blockbuster. That's sounds like a contradiction, but the quirky auteur has emerged as one of the most consistent brand names in independent cinema, analysts say. The Fox Searchlight release racked up a stunning $260,477 on Friday in just four theaters and an additional $40,000 in late night showings on Thursday. The film should make more than $600,000 over the weekend, making it the best showing of Anderson's career. Also read: ‘Grand Budapest's’ Jeff Goldblum on ‘Occupy Jeff Goldblum’ and How to Be Like Jeff Goldblum “What's happening with Wes. »
- Brent Lang
Today’s film is the 2007 short Hotel Chevalier. The film stars Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman, and is written and directed by Wes Anderson as a prologue to his feature film The Darjeeling Limited. Despite having only seven feature films to his credit, Anderson has already garnered critical acclaim and a large number of fans for his work, which includes The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox. His newest feature, titled The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
300: Rise of An Empire ruled the box office on Friday with an impressive $17.7 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman was a distant second, while The Grand Budapest Hotel got off to one of the best starts ever for a limited release.As expected, Rise of an Empire's $17.7 million was significantly lower than the original movie's $28.1 million first day haul. Still, it's a noticeable improvement over similar March releases like 10,000 B.C. ($12.5 million) and Olympus Has Fallen ($10 million). If Rise of an Empire plays out like the first movie, it will earn over $44 million for the three-day weekend.Mr. Peabody & Sherman took second place with an estimated $8 million. In comparison, past DreamWorks Animation movies How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods opened to $12.1 million and $11.6 million, respectively. One bright spot, at least, is that Peabody seems to be connecting with audiences: the movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore. For the three-day frame, »
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With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now. We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony. Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race. After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation. The Grand Budapest Hotel Release Date: March 7th Possible Nominations: Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, »
- Adam Chitwood
“300: Rise of an Empire” has waged war on its box office competition with a projected $42 million-plus opening weekend.
Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment’s actioner muscled $17.7 million Stateside on Friday, including an impressive $3.3 million in late-night showings on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” scored $8 million Friday. It will likely be relegated to second place with a $31.5 million weekend debut.
The toon, which reportedly cost $145 million to make, is based on characters from the 1960s TV show “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.” The animated pic is on track to overtake the company’s last film, “Turbo,” which disappointed domestically, grossing $83 million. However, it more than doubled that figure overseas.
Despite the solid openings, the two films are expected to fall short of “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which bowed to a magical $79 million this time last year.
“300: Rise of an Empire” comes seven years after the Gerard Butler-starrer “300” hit theaters, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
For all the ways his work speaks to today’s Generation Irony, Wes Anderson is an unmistakable romantic — a man who grew up with a great love of classics, be they in the realms of cinema, literature or art. All of those things converge in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s sweeping, nostalgic, and career-topping new film, which sees him confronting history on a global scale — in his own way, of course. The movie takes place in a number of eras, most notably 1932, when, in the fictional yet familiar land of Zubrowka, wars are brewing and lives are changing […] »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
These past few years, Wes Anderson really seems to have found his comedic voice. With his last three films, the director has continued to look more confident and self-assured, more willing to be silly and playful, which allows his films to be unabashedly stylistic. There is no greater proof of this than in The Grand Budapest Hotel, his latest film, which finds the director tackling the screwball comedy genre with tremendous ease. Once again, Anderson has a ton of fun creating a brand new world with a whole new cast of characters, and it’s a pure delight to watch it unravel.
It’s a shame that there are a considerable amount of people out there who have grown sick and tired of the director’s quirks. Wes Anderson firmly stands within his own genre, of course, and there is nobody else like him. »
- Ken Guidry
The Kardashians have claimed in the past that they don’t use real exterior shots of their homes on Keeping Up With The Kardashians for security reasons. However, the rumor now is that they are opting for more impressive and more opulent exteriors because their homes are swanky enough for TV. [RadarOnline] We’ve all wanted to be Jennifer Lawrence’s Bff, but that honor goes to Laura Simpson. Simpson was Lawrence’s date to the Oscars and she spilled all the deets in an essay for MySpace. [MySpace] Susan Sarandon is about to have a granddaughter. Her daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, revealed that she is pregnant with a girl on WhoSay. [People] Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opened »
- Meghan O'Keefe
You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.
300: Rise Of An Empire (15)
With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects. »
- Steve Rose
Set in the fictional Eastern European country of Zubrowka, and straddling three different timezone (signified by the changing of aspect ratios), The Grand Budapest Hotel is a deliriously quirky and deeply funny farce which scores another point in the win column for director Wes Anderson and his distinctive visual and narrative. The titular hotel is the crown jewell of the war ravaged nation, headed by the legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), whose expectational service extends to courting many of older female guests. When Gustave is framed for the murder of his many lovers he goes on the run, depending on lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) for help. Once the movie introduces us to its ambitious narrative within a narrative within a narrative, The Grand Budapest Hotel begins as it means to go on, moving forward with a boundless energy that never loses steam. From the visuals to the screenplay, »
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This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can either go see The Grand Budapest Hotel or pick one of approximately 14 billion choices available to stream over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or various rental options. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of hearty recommendations. This week, we've compiled a number of films that shaped the career of writer-director Wes Anderson, including a WWII caper, a classic nature documentary, and one of the more honest portraits of childhood ever produced.To Be or Not to Be (Hulu)Wes Anderson's films are each a cinephilic stew. The writer-director doesn't copy and paste from the past as much as he refracts his wide-array of movie memories. That said, particular inspirations often rise to the top. For The Grand Budapest Hotel, one name continues »
- Matt Patches
Now in its 27th year, SXSW is like the late bloomer who stuns his parents by announcing his basement-based online venture is now worth a million bucks. The Austin, Texas-based festival isn’t glamorous, like Cannes, or corporate, like Toronto, or even insistently anti-Hollywood, like Sundance. Compared to its more-pedigreed rivals, SXSW is simply more chill. It puts the festive back in festival — there’s a giant music and growing interactive element as well — and artists of all sorts are eager to come to the party. Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast there for a week. Lady Gaga will drop in. »
- Jeff Labrecque
I’m starting up with a new weekly series here at Hollywood News, one tentatively titled “What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race”. Once or twice a week, I’ll be looking at potential 2014 awards contenders, and for the inaugural piece today, I figured I’d cover some of the films that have already come out this year, including one notable release that’s beginning its theatrical run today. Future pieces will more specifically focus on one title in particular, completely with more of an in depth look at them, but today we’ll start off with a primer. I’ve got a quartet of films to discuss, though they all have various pros and cons to their potential candidacies, obviously. Consider this a template for what’s to come during the year, including a placeholder grade of either “likely contender”, “potential contender”, or “long shot contender” for each… The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Joey Magidson
Wes Anderson fans, rejoice! The filmmaker's latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is riding a wave of stellar reviews as it heads into theaters this weekend. Revolving around the employees of a famed 1920s European hotel, this one-of-a-kind flick features a star-studded cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law. Check out what some of the critics are saying... • "Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of a bygone era," writes Justin Chang of Variety. • "It's a filigreed toy box of a movie, so delicious-looking you may want to »
Imagine going from "12 Years a Slave" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." That's exactly what happened to production designer Adam Stockhausen, who was able to convey beauty in the darkest of dramas, but when it came to Wes Anderson's witty caper, there was no holding back the Czech Republic eye candy: a pink hotel with a dollop of yellow butter cream, and the sugary Mendl's bakery. But then Stockhausen is no stranger to Anderson, having previously worked on "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited." However, when he read the script for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" while still making Steve McQueen's eventual Oscar winner in New Orleans, he immediately embraced the opportunity to partake in the Eastern European opulence. "It's bright, vivid, and poppy but not electric," Stockhausen offers. In tone, the movie's a cross between Max Ophuls' melancholy "The Earrings of Madame de" and the screwball antics of "The Wrong Box. »
- Bill Desowitz
I just got back from seeing Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and I'm going to tap out a full review next week, but I wanted to share a few quick thoughts as it's a definite contender for best of 2014. amz asin="B00E78RJ0K" size="small"The best way to describe it is as something of an Agatha Christie story by way of Wes Anderson. It's got all the familiar quirks of an Anderson feature and a bevy of interesting characters with a note just before the credits roll telling us the story was inspired by the 1930s stories and memoirs of Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. The story is told as one giant flashback by F. Murray Abraham as the elder Zero Moustafa, whom we see through most of the story as his younger self, played by Tony Revolori. Zero is the new lobby boy at the legendary European hotel, »
- Brad Brevet
Rise of an Empire is a fine sequel to 300, but People's critic says you should check into The Grand Budapest Hotel instead. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See thisThe Grand Budapest HotelWhimsy gets such a crappy rap. Granted, too many directors use it poorly, spraying their sketchily plotted, inartfully written films with cinematic chintz. But Wes Anderson is of an entirely different vintage. He uses massive amounts of whimsy - more than just about anyone else - but the difference is that he knows just how. Take The Grand Budapest Hotel, for instance. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
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