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FilmWeek (8/12/11): The Help, 30 Minutes or Less, Final Destination 5, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and more

KPCC film critics Lael Lowenstein and Claudia Puig join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including The Help, 30 Minutes or Less, Final Destination 5, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Lael Loewenstein, film critic for KPCC and Variety

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Films Reviewed:

The Help

Writing brings three different women together in 1960s Mississippi.

Starring: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone
Written and Directed by: Tate Taylor
Rated: PG-13
Walt Disney Pictures

30 Minutes or Less

A pizza guy robs a bank after being kidnapped by aspiring criminals.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson
Written by: Michael Diliberti
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Rated: R
Columbia Pictures

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (In 3-D)

A documentary of TV show Glee’s recent concert tour.

Starring: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer and Darren Criss
Directed by: Kevin Tancharoen
Rated PG
Twentieth Century Fox

Gun Hill Road

Upon returning home from prison, a man resumes life with his wife and son.

Starring: Esai Morales, Judy Reyes and Harmony Santana
Written and Directed by: Rashaad Ernesto Green
Rated R
Motion Film Group


A rich businessman is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Starring: Andre Marcon, Yvan Attal and Anne Consigny (ANN ko-sin-YEE)
Written and directed by: Lucas Belvaux
Not rated

Mysteries of Lisbon

An orphaned child travels to learn the truth of his parents.

Starring: Adriano Luz, Maria Joao Bastos and Ricardo Pereira)
Written by: Carlos Saboga
Directed by: Raul Ruiz
Not rated
Music Box Films


A documentary of Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna.

Written by: Manish Pandey
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Rated PG-13

Magic Trip

A documentary of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ 1964 road trip.

Starring: Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Jack Kerouac and Jerry Garcia
Directed by: Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood
Rated R
Magnolia Pictures