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FilmWeek (1/13/12): Beauty and the Beast 3D, Joyful Noise, Contraband, Sing Your Song and more

by FilmWeek

KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Wade Major and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including Beauty and the Beast 3D, Joyful Noise, Contraband, Sing Your Song and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and the L.A. Times Community Papers

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

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

Films Reviewed:

Beauty and the Beast 3D

The classic Disney animated movies is retold in 3D.

Starring: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White and Jerry Orbach
Written by: Linda Woolverton
Directed by: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Walt Disney Pictures

Joyful Noise

The leaders of two Georgia choirs butt heads during a singing competition.

Starring: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer and Courtney B. Vance
Written and directed by: Todd Graff
Warner Bros. Pictures


A former criminal must return underground to protect his family.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi
Written by: Aaron Guzikowski
Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur
Universal Pictures

Angels Crest

Tragedy strikes a young father and his 3-year-old son.

Starring: Jeremy Piven, Thomas Dekker, Elizabeth McGovern and Mira Sorvino
Written by: Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by: Gaby Dellal
Magnolia Pictures

The Divide

Building tenants survive a nuclear attack by hiding in the basement.

Starring: With Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia and Courtney B. Vance
Written by: Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean
Directed by: Xavier Gens
Not rated
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Addiction Incorporated

The story of Victor DeNoble, an early tobacco company whistleblower.

Starring: Danny Abel, Phil Barnett and Herbert Barry III
Written by: Charles Evans Jr. and Don Whittemore
Directed by: Charles Evans Jr.
Variance Films

In Heaven, Underground

A look at a 130-year-old Jewish cemetery in Berlin.

Written and directed by: Britta Wauer
Not rated
Seventh Art Releasing

Sing Your Song

A biography of Harry Belafonte’s life and work.

Starring: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and Marge Champion
Written and directed by: Susanne Rostock
Not rated
S2BN Films

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