Stop-motion animated feature Isle of Dogs is strong on visuals, but director Wes Anderson has given into imaginative whimsy here, paying only incidental attention to the story (pretty silly), its setting (Japan – why?) and its point (is there one?).
The Divine Order is a funny and moving depiction of the courageous fight for equal voting rights of local women in a small, traditional Swiss village in 1970 (yes, 1970!). An irresistible crowdpleaser.
The bond between a teen with a troubled family background and a failed racehorse is the jumping off point for the real concern of Lean On Pete – displaced American youth. An absorbing and unusual film featuring a promising new performer in Charlie Plummer.