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FilmWeek Marquee (2/10/12): Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Safe House, The Vow and the Oscar Nominated Short Films

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Andy Klein of the L.A. Times Community Papers, Claudia Puig of USA Today and Charles Solomon of amazon.com discuss the films Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Safe House, The Vow and the Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animated and Live Action.


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and the L.A. Times Community Papers

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Charles Solomon, animation critic for KPCC and historian for amazon.com

Films Reviewed:

This Means War

Two CIA agents fall for the same woman.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy
Written by: Timothy Dowling and Simon Kinberg
Directed by: McG
20th Century Fox

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

The supernatural antihero teams up with a rebel monk to save a young boy and himself.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido and Johnny Whitworth
Written by: Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman and David S. Goyer
Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Columbia Pictures

The Secret World of Arrietty

A secret race of tiny people live in a world hidden from humans.

Starring: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Will Arnett
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa and Corey Kirkpatrick
Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Gary Rydstrom

Thin Ice

A small-time insurance agent tries to win back his wife and con a retired farmer.

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup and Lea Thompson
Written by: Jill Sprecher and Karen L. Sprecher
Directed by: Jill Sprecher
ATO Pictures


A cattle farmer enters into a shady deal with a mobster.

Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Barbara Sarafian
Written and directed by: Michael R. Roskam
Drafthouse Films

In Dutch and French, with English subtitles.


A seemingly meek man holds a 10-year-old boy captive in his basement.

Starring: Michael Fruith, David Rauchenberger and Christine Kain
Written and directed by: Markus Schleinzer
Not rated
Strand Releasing

In German with English subtitles.


The story of the Manassas Tigers, an inner-city high school football team.

Starring: Bill Courtney, Montrail “Money” Brown and Chavis Daniels
Directed by: Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin.
The Weinstein Co.

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

A look at the work and philosophy of architect Norman Foster.

Starring: Paul Goldberger, Buckminster Fuller, Bono
Directed by: Norberto Lopez Amado and Carlos Carcas
Not rated
First Run Features

Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
By Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin

A civil rights activist looks back on the verge of Barack Obama’s 2008 election victory.

Incident in New Baghdad
By James Spione

U.S. Army Specialist Ethan McCord recalls a tragic incident in Iraq.

Saving Face
By Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

A British-Pakistani plastic surgeon works to help women who have been injured in acid attacks.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
By Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

People fight to rebuild their lives after the devastating tsunami in Japan.

Not rated
Shorts International