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Director: Wes Anderson Run Time: 105 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023
Starring: Jake Ryan, Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks
Set in a fictional American desert town circa 1955, the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.
Wes Anderson is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their eccentricity, unique visual and narrative styles, and frequent use of ensemble casts. They often contain themes of grief, loss of innocence, and dysfunctional families. Cited by some critics as a modern-day example of the work of an auteur, three of Anderson’s films have appeared in BBC Culture‘s 2016 poll of the greatest films since 2000.
“At its best, Asteroid City evokes the memory of what it was to first see a Wes Anderson film, surprised and delighted by its singular vision of life on Earth.” ~ Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“Asteroid City has all of the ticks that make Anderson Anderson: The slow pans, the deliberate framing, the erudite dialogue, and a narrator to boot. It’s also his best film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.” ~ Esther Zuckerman, The Daily Beast