Having scored with the Oscar-nominated Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr Fox in 2009, Houston hipster Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion animation for his latest quirky outing, Isle Of Dogs set in a dystopian, near-future Japan where, after an outbreak of canine flu, dogs are suddenly banished to Trash Island.

As with all of Anderson’s films – from Rushmore and The Royal Tenebaums to Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel – the joy here is in the small details. Revelling in the oddball and the arch, Anderson has a knack for creating huggable kooks, and he’s helped here in his latest outing with not only the beautiful stop-motion animation but another eclectic ensemble cast that boasts the likes of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDorman, Scarlett Johansson and Yoko Ono.

Anderson picked up the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival for Isle of Dogs, and it looks destined for awards glory when the Academy announce their favourites at the end of 2018 too. And the cool thing is, this is one of those quirky art-house films that your kids can enjoy too, given its PG rating.

Screening on Wednesday, July 25th at the slightly later time of 9pm. To let that sun go down, kids.


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