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FilmWeek (10/14/11): Footloose, The Thing, The Big Year and more

by FilmWeek

KPCC film critics Wade Major of and Claudia Puig of USA Today join Larry to review the new films this week including Footloose, The Thing, The Big Year and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Films Reviewed:


A city boy moves to a Southern town that has outlawed dancing.

Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid
Written by: Dean Pitchford and Craig Brewer
Directed by: Craig Brewer
Paramount Pictures

The Thing

An alien creature awakens in Antarctica.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Ulrich Thomsen
Written by: Eric Heisserer
Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen
Universal Pictures

The Big Year

A competition emerges amongst three bird watchers.

Starring: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson
Written by: Howard Franklin
Directed by: David Frankel
20th Century Fox

Fireflies in the Garden

A family’s loss reveals its members’ long-standing tensions.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe and Emily Watson
Written and directed by: Dennis Lee
Senator Entertainment Co


An affluent family is pitted against home invaders.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet and Liana Liberato
Written by: Karl Gajdusek
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Millennium Entertainment

Father of Invention

A former infomercial guru tries to reinvent himself.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Virginia Madsen, Craig Robinson and Camilla Belle
Written by: Jonathan D. Krane and Trent Cooper
Directed by: Trent Cooper
Anchor Bay Films

Texas Killing Fields

Two cops in a small town track a serial killer.

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Written by: Donald F. Ferrarone
Directed by: Ami Canaan Mann
Anchor Bay Films

The Woman

A man captures and attempts to civilize a feral woman.

Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers and Angela Bettis
Written by: Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
Directed by: Lucky McKee
Bloody Disgusting

The Skin I Live In

A plastic surgeon makes an artificial skin for his severely burned wife.

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes and Jan Cornet
Written and directed by: Pedro Almodovar
Sony Pictures Classics

Hell and Back Again

A documentary following U.S. Marines fighting the Taliban.

Directed by: Danfung Dennis
Not rated
Docurama Films

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

A look at the secret life of the CIA agent.

Directed by: Carl Colby
Not rated
First Run Features

America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments

Examines our country’s obsession with weight and dieting.

Starring: Deepak Chopra, Evelyn Tribole and Howard Shapiro
Written and directed by: Darryl Roberts
Not rated
PMK Films

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