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FilmWeek (3/23/12): The Hunger Games, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, The Deep Blue Sea, Detachment, The Raid: Redemption and more

KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Tim Cogshell join guest host Nick Roman to review the week’s new film releases, including The Hunger Games, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, The Deep Blue Sea, Detachment, The Raid: Redemption and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC, Glendale News-Press and the L.A. Times Community Papers chain

Films Reviewed:

The Hunger Games

In a post-apocalyptic world, a young girl competes in a battle to the death on TV.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson
Written by: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray
Directed by: Gary Ross

4:44 Last Day on Earth

A couple prepares for the end of the world.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Hipp
Written and directed by: Abel Ferrara
Not rated
IFC Films

The Deep Blue Sea

A woman in an unhappy marriage begins having an affair with a troubled former pilot.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale
Written and directed by: Terence Davies
Music Box Films


An indifferent substitute teacher winds up a role model for struggling students.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks and William Petersen
Written by: Carl Lund
Directed by: Tony Kaye
Not rated
Tribeca Film

The Raid: Redemption

An elite police team’s cover is blown during a secret drug raid.

Starring: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah and Ananda George
Written and directed by: Gareth Evans
Sony Pictures Classics

In Indonesian with English subtitles.


A Secret Service agent finds himself kidnapped with no memory of what happened.

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Chyler Leigh and Tom Berenger
Written by: Timothy Mannion
Directed by: Gabe Torres
IFC Films

Free Men

In German-occupied Paris, an Algerian black marketer becomes a freedom fighter.

Starring: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale and Mahmoud Shalaby
Written by: Ismael Ferroukhi and Alain-Michel Blanc
Directed by: Ismael Ferroukhi
Not rated
Film Movement

In French with English subtitles.

Last Days Here

A look at cult musician Bobby Liebling as he restarts his life and career.

Directed by: Don Argott and Demian Fenton
Not rated
Sundance Selects

Reuniting the Rubins

A man is coerced by his mother to reunite his estranged children for a family holiday.

Starring: Timothy Spall, Honor Blackman and Rhona Mitra
Written and directed by: Yoav Factor
Monterey Media