5:00 PM, 2nd September, 2023
Gifted, rebellious teenager Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student – and its least scholarly. Despite being editor of the school newspaper and presiding over innumerable clubs and societies, the threat of expulsion constantly hangs over his head due to his poor grades. His world changes, however, when he finds himself falling for Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), a beguiling first-grade teacher. At the same time, Max strikes up an unlikely friendship with industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray), the wealthy father of two of his classmates and, as he soon discovers, rival for Miss Cross’ affections.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Wes Anderson’s sophomore film is an exuberant coming-of-age story that captures the depths of adolescence with necessary quirk and aplomb. A cult favourite from one of the most unique directors working today.
7:30 PM, 2nd September, 2023
With Disney diligently (re)making their way through their animated back catalogue, it was only a matter of time before The Little Mermaid got the live-action treatment. True to the beloved original, the film follows a mermaid named Ariel (Halle Bailey), the rebellious daughter of ocean ruler King Triton (Javier Bardem). For as long as she can remember, Ariel has been fascinated by the world above the surface, which intensifies when she saves the life of shipwrecked human Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King). To spend more time with him, she strikes a bargain with the evil sea witch Ursula (Melissa McCarthy) to exchange her voice for legs – a decision which ultimately places both her life and her father’s crown in jeopardy.
While unlikely to have the long-lasting impact of the original, Disney’s latest live-action remake hits the mark thanks to fantastic turns from singer-songwriter Bailey and McCarthy as Ariel and Ursula, respectively.