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FilmWeek (3/2/12): Act of Valor, Wanderlust, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Project X, Being Flynn and more

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KPCC film critics Wade Major and Peter Rainer join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including Act of Valor, Wanderlust, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Project X, Being Flynn and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Films Reviewed:

Act of Valor

A team of Navy Seals tries to stop a terrorist attack against the U.S.

Starring: Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano
Written by: Kurt Johnstad
Directed by: Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh
Relativity Media


A couple leaves the big city and finds themselves in a strange, freewheeling community.

Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux and Malin Akerman
Written by: Ken Marino and David Wain
Directed by: David Wain
Universal Pictures

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (in 3-D)

A boy tries to win his dream girl while confronting a mysterious, grumpy creature.

Starring: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift
Written by: Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
Directed by: Chris Renaud
Universal Pictures

Project X

High-school seniors set out to throw an unforgettable party.

Starring: Kirby Bliss Blanton, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper and Alexis Knapp
Written by: Matt Drake and Michael Bacall
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
Warner Bros. Pictures

Being Flynn

An aspiring writer and his father attempt to reconcile.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Olivia Thirlby and Lili Taylor
Written and directed by: Paul Weitz
Focus Features

This Is Not a Film

Follows the day-to-day life of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who is under house arrest.

Directed by: Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Not rated
Palisades Tartan

Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

A comedy duo blow the budget for their film and try to make it back.

Starring: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
Written and directed by: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim
Magnolia Pictures

Let the Bullets Fly

A duplicitous bandit and local tyrant cross swords in provincial China.

Starring: Chow Yun-fat, Jiang Wen and Feng Xiaogang
Written and directed by: Jiang Wen
Not rated
Well Go USA/Variance

In Mandarin with English subtitles.

The Forgiveness of Blood

A family begins feuding over land ownership.

Starring: Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Laçej and Refet Abazi
Written by: Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj
Directed by: Joshua Marston
Not rated
Sundance Selects

The Turin Horse

A bleak look at the lives of a peasant and his family.

Starring: Janos Derzsi, Erika Bok (BAWK) and Mihaly Kormos
Written by: Laszlo Krasznahorkai and Bela Tarr
Directed by: Bela Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky
Not rated
Cinema Guild

In Hungarian with English subtitles.

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