Many studies have suggested that violence in the media contributes to violent behavior in individuals, but the author of the new book Killing Monsters (Basic Books) argues that super heroes and make-believe violence actually serve an important role in the emotional development of children. Larry Mantle talks with author Gerard Jones about this fascinating and controversial perspective.
Larry Mantle and critics Andy Klein of New Times L.A. and Peter Rainer of New York Magazine discuss this week's new film releases, including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, About a Boy, The Mystic Masseur, The Believer, Les Destinees, Janice Beard, and someBody. Also, Henry Sheehan of Fresh Air joins us via telephone from France to talk about the Cannes Film Festival. Larry and the critics also discussed some of the video releases of the week, including From Hell and The Others.
Use-of-force experts give their analysis of the Chicago police shooting video and weigh in on the events leading up to its release; We discuss Monday's upcoming Paris climate talks and its economic benefits; L.A. Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter drops by our studio to give listeners last-minute Thanksgiving dinner tips and TGI-Filmweek comes early!
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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