By turns entertaining and unsettling, with laughs that morph into gasps and uneasy gasps that erupt into queasy, choking laughs.
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The Death of Stalin

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

Played at

Music Hall, 5.18.18 - 5.31.18
Town Center 5, 4.20.18 - 5.03.18
Monica Film Center, 3.30.18 - 5.17.18
Claremont 5, 3.30.18 - 4.19.18
NoHo 7, 3.30.18 - 4.26.18
Playhouse 7, 3.16.18 - 5.31.18
Rated R Closed Captioning Available Closed Captioning Available
Runtime: 107 min
Language: English

Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Steve Buscemi
FEATURED REVIEW: Anthony Lane, New Yorker
And so to “The Death of Stalin,” a startling new film from Armando Iannucci. The title does not lie. Less than twenty minutes into the movie, Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) is found lying on a rug in his dacha, outside Moscow. It is March, 1953, and breakfast is ready,...