Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman
Release date: May 25

There are only so many explosions, superhero costumes, and special effects reels that one moviegoer can take before he or she needs a counter-programmed alternative. Filling that bill this summer is writer/director Wes Anderson’s typically subdued dramedy Moonrise Kingdom, co-written by Roman Coppola.

Anti-blockbuster in every way imaginable, the coming-of-age film, which takes places in the ’60s, shows the aftermath of two in-love teenagers’ (newcomers Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman) mutual decision to head out of town together, a maneuver that causes a ragtag group of adults, including the her parents (Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton), the sheriff (Bruce Willis), and his Boy Scout leader (Edward Norton).

With a cast like that, it’s no wonder that Moonrise Kingdom was selected to open this month’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival; though, we’re sure Anderson’s filmography (see: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, amongst other recommendable works) also has something to do with it.

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