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FilmWeek (11/11/11): J. Edgar, Jack and Jill, Melancholia, Into the Abyss and more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Peter Rainer join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including J. Edgar, Jack and Jill, Melancholia, Into the Abyss and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Films reviewed:

J. Edgar

The life of J. Edgar Hoover, longtime head of the FBI.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench
Written by: Dustin Lance Black
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Warner Bros. Pictures

Jack and Jill

A successful brother is visited by his obnoxious twin sister over Thanksgiving.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino
Written by: Adam Sandler, Steve Koren and Robert Smigel
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Columbia Pictures


A planet named Melancholia is headed toward Earth.

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Rampling
Written and directed by: Lars Von Trier
Magnolia Pictures

The Greening of Whitney Brown

A spoiled girl’s family falls on hard times and moves to the country.

Starring: Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields, Kris Kristofferson and Sammi Hanratty
Written by: Gail Gilchriest
Directed by: Peter Skillman Odiorne
Arc Entertainment

The Conquest

A fictional version of Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to the presidency.

Starring: Denis Podalydes, Florence Pernel and Bernard Le Coq
Written by: Xavier Durringer and Patrick Rotman
Directed by: Xavier Durringer
Not rated
Music Box Films

In French with English subtitles.

Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

An account of the experience of being a war correspondent.

Starring: Paul Watson, Chris Hedges, Susan Ormiston and Ian Stewart
Written and directed by: Martyn Burke
Not rated
Mercury media International

An African Election

An account of the 2008 elections in Ghana.

Written by: Erika Tasini and Shari Yantra Marcacci
Directed by: Jarreth Merz and Kevin Merz
Not rated

In English, Twi and local languages, with English subtitles.

Into the Abyss

A documentary of a triple homicide in Texas and the case’s aftermath.

Starring: Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog and Michael Perry
Written and directed by: Werner Herzog
IFC Films / Sundance Selects

Killing Bono

Two brothers in a band are overshadowed by a rival’s group – U2.

Starring: Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter and Robert Sheehan
Written by: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Simon Maxwell
Directed by: Nick Hamm
Arc Entertainment


The Edge of Eternity

Directed by: Don Siegel
Starring: Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw and Mickey Shaughnessy

Going Places

Directed by: Bertrand Blier
Starring: Gerard Depardieu