The Death of Stalin
RELEASE DATE: March 9
DIRECTOR: Armando Iannucci
CAST: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs
Veep and The Thick of It creator Ianucci visits mid-20th century Moscow and discovers that hey, whaddaya know, stupidity and back-stabbing in government translates into period pieces as well. Assembling a rogue’s gallery of terrific American and British characters actors as all the General Secretary’s men(and encouraging to keep their native accents), Ianucci crafts a four-course meal of black comedy, wacky wordplay, creative insults (of course). and broad slapstick. The results are fabulously funny and more than a little tart, while the dramatizations of authoritarian kowtowing are perhaps more stinging than initially anticipated.