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FilmWeek (6/24/11): Cars 2, Bad Teacher, The Best and the Brightest, A Better Life and more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Claudia Puig and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Cars 2, Bad Teacher, The Best and the Brightest, A Better Life and more. Plus, we have Wade Major to discuss the "Films That Got Away" screenings that LAFCA co-programmed at the LA Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and Variety

Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC; animation critic, author and historian for

Films Reviewed:

Cars 2
(In Imax 3-D)

Animated story about cars going overseas to compete in a worldwide race

Starring: the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer
Written by: Ben Queen
Directed by: John Lasseter
Rated: G
Walt Disney Pictures

Bad Teacher

A foul-mouthed, lousy teacher comes up with a scheme to stay employed.

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch and Jason Segel
Written by: Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Rated: R
Columbia Pictures

A Better Life

An illegal-immigrant working as a gardener wants a better life for his son.

Starring: Demian Bichir, Jose Julian and Dolores Heredia
Written by: Eric Eason
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Rated: PG-13
Summit Entertainment.


Norwegian film students follow a mysterious troll hunter.

Starring: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen and Tomas Alf Larsen
Written and directed by: Andre Ovredal
Not rated
Magnet Releasing

The Names of Love
(Le Nom des Gens)

A young woman uses sex to instill her liberal ideas in conservative men.

Starring: Jacques Gamblin and Sara Forestier
Written by: Michel Leclerc and Baya Kasmi
Directed by: Michel Leclerc
Not rated
Music Box Films

Beginning of The Great Revival

A historic look at the birth of the Communist Party in China.

Starring: Andy Lau, Daniel Wu and John Woo
Written by: Dong Zhe and Guo Junli
Directed by: Huang Jianxin and Han Sanping
Not rated
China Lion Film

Page One: Inside the New York Times

An inside look at the newsroom of the New York Times.

Starring: Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and David Carr
Directed by: Andrew Rossi
Rated: R
Magnolia Pictures/Participant Media.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

After leaving NBC, Conan O’Brien takes his show on the road.

Starring: Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Stephen Colbert
Directed by: Rodman Flender
Rated: R

One Lucky Elephant

A circus producer attempts to find a home for Flora, a retiring elephant.

Starring: David Balding
Written by: Cristina Colissimo
Directed by: Lisa Leeman
Not rated
One Lucky Elephant, LLC


The Adjustment Bureau

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Kastriner
Directed by: George Nolfi

The Eagle

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland
Directed by:Kevin Macdonald


Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Sera

Elektra Luxx

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, Ermahn Ospina
Directed by: Sebastian Gutierrez

Haunted 3D

Starring: Twinkle Bajpai, Krishna Bhatt, Mimo Chakrabaty
Directed by: Vikram Bhatt

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron
Directed by: David Bowers

Cedar Rapids

Starring: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche
Directed by: Miguel Arteta


Starring: Michael Angarango, Uma Thurman, Reece Thompson
Directed by: Max Winkler


Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan
Directed by: Josh Radnor