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FilmWeek (7/29/11): Cowboys & Aliens; The Smurfs; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Attack the Block; The Devil's Double; Good Neighbor and more

FilmWeek: KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Cowboys & Aliens; The Smurfs; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Attack the Block; Point Blank; Good Neighbors and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC

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

Films Reviewed:

Cowboys & Aliens

A gunslinger with amnesia defends an old west town from an extraterrestrial alien invasion.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell
Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Rated: PG-13
Universal Pictures

Crazy, Stupid, Love

A 40-something man faces a marital crisis and tries to balance fatherhood and single life.

Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone
Written by: Dan Fogelman
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Rated: PG-13
Warner Brothers Pictures

The Smurfs In 3-D

Tiny blue creatures try to return home after being chased to New York City by an evil wizard.

Starring: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays,
and the voices of Anton Yelchin and Katy Perry
Written by: J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick and David Ronn
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Rated: PG
Columbia Pictures

Attack the Block

A South London teen gang defends their turf from an alien invasion.

Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Alex Esmail
Written and directed by: Joe Cornish
Rated: R
Screen Gems

Good Neighbors

With a serial killer at large a new tenant raises suspicion in an apartment complex

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman and Emily Hampshire
Written and directed by: Jacob Tierney
Rated: R
Magnolia Pictures

The Guard

An Irish cop and a straight-laced FBI agent team up to investigate an international drug smuggling ring.

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham
and David Wilmot
Written and directed by: John Michael McDonagh
Rated: R
Sony Pictures Classics

The Myth of the American Sleepover

Four teenagers search for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.

Starring: Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer , Claire Sloma
and Brett Jacobsen
Written and directed by: David Robert Mitchell
Not rated
IFC Films

Life in a Day

Footage from thousands of people around the world documents a time capsule of everyday life on a single day.

Starring: Cindy Baer, Moica and Caryn Waechter
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Rated: PG-13
National Geographic Films

Point Blank

A nurse is forced to break a mobster out of jail after his pregnant wife is kidnapped.

Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gerard Lanvin and Elena Anaya and Guillaume Lemans
Directed by: Fred Cavaye
Rated: R
Magnolia Pictures

The Sleeping Beauty

A young princess faces fantastical dream experiences and a 100-year sleeping curse.

Starring: Clara Besnainou, Julia Artmonov and Kerian Mayan
Written and directed by: Catherine Breillat
Not rated
Strand Releasing

Nine Nation Animation

"Nine Nation Animation" presents a selection of recent award-winning animated short films from the world's most renowned festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand and others. The program spans the globe and a wide variety of animation styles.

In English, Farsi, Chinese and Swedish, with English subtitles

Featuring films by: Kajsa Naess, Patrick Pleutin, David O’Reilly and Veljko Popovic