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FilmWeek (6/17/11): Green Lantern, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Art of Getting By and more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Green Lantern, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Art of Getting By and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Lael Loewenstein, film critic for KPCC and Variety

Films Reviewed:

Green Lantern (in 3-D)

A magic ring turns an arrogant test pilot into a superhero who must battle an intergalactic enemy.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong and Angela Bassett
Written by: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Rated: PG-13
Warner Brothers Pictures

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

A real-estate tycoon’s life descends into chaos after receiving a crate of penguins from Antarctica.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury
Written by: Sean Anders, John Morris and Jared Stern
Directed by: Mark Waters
Rated: PG
20th Century Fox

The Art of Getting By

A slacker befriends his crush and pulls his life together in his senior year of high school.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano and Elizabeth Reaser
Written and Directed by: Gavin Wiesen
Rated: PG-13
Fox Searchlight Pictures

City of Life and Death

A Japanese massacre in China during World War II causes chaos and pain on both sides of the conflict.

Starring: Liu Ye, Nakazumi Hideo and Qin Lan
Written and Directed by: Lu Chuan
Not rated
Kino International

Angel of Evil

The dramatized life of the famous Milanese thief, kidnapper and mobster, Renato Vallanzascaand.

Starring: Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi and Moritz Bleibtreu
Written by: Kim Rossi Stuart, Michele Placido, Antonio Leotti, Toni Trupia, Andrea Leanza and Antonella D'Agostino
Directed by: Michele Placido
Rated: R
Twentieth Century Fox


Examines the life the original “Horse Whisperer,” Buck Brannaman,

Starring: Buck Brannaman
Directed by: Cindy Meehl
Rated: PG
Sundance Selects

Queen of the Sun

An investigation of the causes of colony collapse disorder in beehives.

Starring: Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva
Directed by: Taggart Siegel
Not rated
Collective Eye

The Last Mountain


Citizens in West Virginia attempt to stop coal companies from the practice of mountaintop removal mining.

Starring: Robert Kennedy, Jr.
Written by: Bill Haney and Peter Rhodes
Directed by: Bill Haney
Rated: PG
Dada Films


A documentary about the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Starring: Brogan McCay, Julia O'Rourke, Joe Bitter and John Whitehurst
Directed by: Sue Bourne
Rated: PG
Screen Media Films


Battle: Los Angeles
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan
Directed by: Jonathan Libesman

Red Riding Hood

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas and Gary Oldman
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Kill the Irishman

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Vincent D’Onofrio
Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh