This weekend's best new movies have a continental appeal.
The best movie of the week is "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (opening at the Broadway), the latest confection of director Wes Anderson and, in some ways, his tastiest and most bittersweet. The main story centers on M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes, who's surprisingly hilarious), the doting concierge at an opulent central European hotel circa 1935. When a dowager client (Tilda Swinton) dies unexpectedly, Gustave is mentioned in her will and accused by her greedy relatives of murdering the old gal. Anderson employs charming visuals, his usual stable of actors, and a wistful tone to capture an era that's long gone.
Meanwhile, the Muppets are touring Europe in "Muppets Most Wanted," a gut-busting comedy that finds Kermit the Frog mistaken for his evil doppelganger and tossed into a Siberian gulag. Wall-to-wall jokes, kicky musical numbers and a boatload of celebrity cameos provide lots of laughs.