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FilmWeek (4/6/12): American Reunion, We the Party, Damsels in Distress and more

by FilmWeek

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein to review this week’s films, including "American Reunion," "We the Party," "Damsels in Distress" 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:

American Reunion

An old group of friends attends their 10-year high school reunion.

Starring: Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan and Chris Klein
Written and directed by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Universal Pictures

Damsels in Distress

A group of female college students tries to reform the male population.

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody and Analeigh Tipton
Written and directed by: Whit Stillman
Sony Pictures Classics

We the Party

Students deal with teenage life at a diverse L.A. high school.

Starring: Mandela Van Peebles, Simone Battle, Moises Arias and Makaylo Van Peebles
Written and directed by: Mario Van Peebles
Xlrator Media

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

A group of men search for a dead body.

Starring: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan and Taner Birsel
Written by: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Kesal
Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Not rated
The Cinema Guild


A solitary woman in a small factory town prepares for her father’s death.

Starring: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis and Evangelia Randou
Written and directed by: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Not rated
Strand Releasing

We Have a Pope

A cardinal panics upon becoming the new pope and must see a therapist.

Starring: Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr and Renato Scarpa
Written by: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo and Federica Pontremoli
Directed by: Nanni Moretti
Not rated
Sundance Selects


A mourning French office worker is courted by a Swedish colleague.

Starring: Audrey Tatou and Francois Damiens
Written by: David Foenkinos
Directed by: David Foenkinos and Stephane Foenkinos
Cohen Media Group


On a trip to the ATM three co-workers end up trapped by a mad man.

Starring: Alice Eve, Josh Peck and Brian Geraghty
Written by: Chris Sparling
Directed by: David Brooks
IFC Films

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

A study of five attendees at San Diego’s infamous Comic-Con.

Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Wrekin Hill Entertainment

The Island President

The story of Mohamed Nasheed, ousted president of the Maldives.

Starring: Mohamed Nasheed
Directed by: Jon Shenk
Not rated
Samuel Goldwyn Films

The City Dark

A look at the causes and implications of light pollution.

Starring: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Don Pettit and Ann Druyan
Directed by: Ian Cheney
Not rated
Argot Pictures

MIS: Human Secret Weapon

The story of Japanese American soldiers trained for WWII Military Intelligence Service.

Directed by: Junichi Suzuki
Not rated
United Television Broadcasting Systems

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