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FilmWeek (2/10/12): Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Safe House, The Vow, The Oscar Nominated Short Films and more

KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Claudia Puig and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Safe House, The Vow, The Oscar Nominated Short Films and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


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

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Charles Solomon, animation critic for KPCC and historian for

Filims Reviewed:

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (In Imax 3-D)

A family embarks on an adventure to a mysterious island.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens
Written by: Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn
Directed by: Brad Peyton
New Line Cinema

Safe House

A rogue CIA agent forms a partnership with a frustrated rookie.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson
Written by: David Guggenheim
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Universal Pictures

The Vow

A newlywed wife awakes from a coma with memory loss.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill and Scott Speedman
Written by: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein and Jason Katims
Directed by: Michael Sucsy
Screen Gems

Don’t Go in the Woods

A band escapes to nature to write new songs, but end up risking their lives.

Starring: Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian and Gwynn Galitzer
Written by: Sam Bisbee and Joe Vinciguerra
Directed by: Vincent D'Onofrio
Not rated
Tribeca Film


A woman finds it hard to reassimilate after her military tour of duty.

Starring: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon and John Slattery
Written and directed by: Liza Johnson
Not rated
Dada Films

Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

A look at the work of economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

Directed by: Holly Mosher
Not rated
Hummingbird Pictures

Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animated and Live Action

The year’s Academy Awards nominees for animation and live action.


By Patrick Doyon

A Sunday routine is seen in a small village.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
By William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

An allegory about the cathartic power of stories.

La Luna
By Enrico Casarosa

A fable of a young boy coming of age.

A Morning Stroll
By Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe

A New Yorker encounters a chicken on his walk.

Wild Life
By Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

An Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier in 1909.

Live Action

By Peter McDonald

In 1977 Ireland, a young man must serve as altar boy during mass.

By Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren

A German couple adopts an Indian child.

The Shore
By Terry George and Oorlagh George

Two boyhood friends are divided by years of misunderstanding.

Time Freak
By Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey

A neurotic inventor creates a time machine.

Tuba Atlantic
By Hallvar Witzø

A dying man tries to reach his brother before he passes.

Not rated
Shorts International
At the Nuart