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FilmWeek (11/4/11): Tower Heist, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, The Son of No One, Young Goethe in Love, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Jour

KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Wade Major join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including Tower Heist, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, The Son of No One, Young Goethe in Love, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Films Reviewed:

Tower Heist

A billionaire steals retirement funds from his employees, leading them to hatch a plan.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck and Tea Leoni
Written by: Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Universal Pictures

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (in 3-D)

The stoner buds reunite for a holiday journey through New York.

Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garces and Danneel Harris
Written by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson
New Line Cinema

The Son of No One

A struggling Queens police officer is threatened by a past dark secret.

Starring: Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino and Ray Liotta
Written and directed by: Dito Montiel
Anchor Bay Films

Janie Jones

A rock musician learns he has a 13-year-old daughter.

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elizabeth Shue and Brittany Snow
Written and directed by: David M. Rosenthal
Not rated
Tribeca Film

Young Goethe in Love

A young poet falls into a love triangle.

Starring: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein and Moritz Bleibtreu
Written by: Alexander Dydyna, Christoph Muller and Philipp Stolzl
Directed by: Philipp Stolzl
Not rated
Music Box Films

In German with English subtitles.

The Catechism Cataclysm

An eccentric priest goes on a canoeing trip with his teen idol.

Starring: Steve Little and Robert Longstreet
Written and directed by: Todd Rohal
Not rated
IFC Midnight


Four boys from West Africa dream come to the U.S. on basketball scholarships.

Starring: Amadou Gallo Fall and Papa Madethie “Dethie” Fall
Directed by: Anne Buford
Variance Films

To Be Heard

Three Bronx teens embrace poetry.

Starring: Roland Legiardi-Laura, Anthony Pittman and Pearl Quick
Directed by: Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan
Not rated
To Be Heard Productions

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

The story of the man behind the puppet.

Starring: Kevin Clash and narrated by Whoopi Goldberg
Written by: Philip Shane and Justin Weinstein
Directed by: Constance Marks
Not rated
Submarine Deluxe

The Other F Word

Punk-rockers become fathers.

Starring: Jim Lindberg, Mark Hoppus and Flea
Written and directed by: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
Not rated
Oscilloscope Laboratories


The master tuner of Steinway & Sons pairs virtuosos with their instruments.

Starring: Stefan Knupfe, Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand
Directed by: Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis
Not rated
First Run Features