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The Essentials: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge.
(R, 100 min.)

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Friday, December 4, 2020

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The Essentials: Wes Anderson

Synopsis: The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent. [Fox Searchlight]

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan
Director: Wes Anderson
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy

Essentials tickets are $9/Adult, $8/Seniors & Students, Free for Members.

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"The Grand Budapest Hotel is nothing short of an enchantment."

— Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle

"A marvelous contraption, a wheels-within-wheels thriller that's pure oxygenated movie play."

— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"It’s quintessential Anderson... but also an unabashed entertainment. And that’s something to see."

— Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times

"The Grand Budapest Hotel shows Anderson engaging with the world outside his meticulously composed frames like never before."

— Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian

"Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic styling is The Grand Budapest Hotel, an exquisitely calibrated, deadpan-comic miniature that expands in the mind and becomes richer and more tragic."

— David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)

"It's a filigreed toy box of a movie, so delicious-looking you may want to lick the screen. It is also, in the Anderson manner, shot through with humor, heartbreak and a bruised romantic's view of the past."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"The Grand Budapest Hotel is by far the most headlong comedic affair in Anderson's canon. It's practically Marx Brothers-ian at moments. And Fiennes - who knew he was capable of such wicked, witty timing?!"

— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"It is safe to say that The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of those breakthrough moments, a movie that is so beautifully realized from start to finish that I almost doubted myself on the way home. Could I really have enjoyed that film that much?"

— Drew McWeeny, Hitfix

"There are moments of depth there as well, as Anderson touches on themes of friendship and loyalty. More than anything else, though, The Grand Budapest Hotel is just a fun ride -- a wild, wonderful ride seemingly plucked out of Anderson's dream journal."

— Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune