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FilmWeek (5/20/11): Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Midnight in Paris, Hobo With a Shotgun, Bloodworth, The Big Uneasy and more

KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Midnight in Paris, Hobo With a Shotgun, Bloodworth, The Big Uneasy, How to Live Forever and more. Claudia Puig also brings us the best films at Cannes 2011. TGI-FilmWeek!


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and Brand X

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Films Reviewed:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (In Imax 3-D)

The swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow faces off with the pirate Blackbeard while searching for the Fountain of Youth.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Kevin R. McNally
Written by: Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Rated: PG-13
Walt Disney Pictures

Midnight in Paris

A nostalgic American novelist finds himself transported to Paris in the 1920s.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Michael Sheen
Written and directed by: Woody Allen
Rated: PG-13
Sony Pictures Classics

Hobo With a Shotgun

A homeless man drifts into a town that's so corrupt he has to clean it up on his own.

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey and Nick Bateman
Written by: John Davies
Directed by: Jason Eisener
Not rated
Magnet Releasing


A man returns to his dysfunctional family in Tennessee after 40 years on the road.

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, Reece Thompson, Dwight Yoakam
and Frances Conroy
Written by: W. Earl Brown
Directed by: Shane Dax Taylor
Rated: R
Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Big Uneasy

An investigation of the human failings that led to the flooding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

Written and directed by: Harry Shearer
Not rated
The Notions Department


(Sunset 5)

A junior high school outcast learns to dance in order to show up the popular kids.

Starring: Savannah Stehlin, Sydney Park, Rachel Fox and Michael Arnold
Written and directed by: J.B. Ghuman Jr.
Not rated
Wrekin Hill Entertainment

A Beautiful Life

A Beijing policeman falls for a beautiful woman who exploits him before realizing his true worth.

Starring: Shu Qi and Liu Ye
Written by: Tang Kit Ming
Directed by: Andrew Lau
Not rated
Unknown Distributor

L’Amour Fou

An examination of the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover.

Starring: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé and Betty Catroux
Directed by: Pierre Thoretton
Not rated
Sundance Selects

How to Live Forever

A baby boomer investigates the perils of aging – and how to avoid them entirely.

Starring: Ray Bradbury, Phyllis Diller, Ray Kurzweil and Jack LaLanne
Directed by: Mark Wexler
Not rated
Variance Films


The Mechanic

Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Simon West

Vanishing on 7th Street

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo
Directed by: Brad Anderson

Daydream Nation

Starring: Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson and Josh Lucas
Directed by: Michael Goldbach

The Other Woman
Starring: Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: Don Roos