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FilmWeek (4/20/12): The Lucky One, Think Like a Man, Darling Companion, Chimpanzee, Marley and more

We start FilmWeek checking in with "Variety" writer Marc Graser about a major shake-up at Walt Disney Studios. This morning, Rich Ross resigned as chairman of the studio. In a statement, Ross said: "[T]he best people need to be in the right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that leverages the full range of their abilities. It's one of the leadership lessons I've learned during my career, and it's something I've been giving a great deal of thought to as I look at the challenges and opportunities ahead."

Ross’ departures comes on the heels of the box-office bomb “John Carter,” but before the expected blockbuster, “The Avengers.” Why is Ross leaving? How will this affect Disney? Is there an heir apparent?

Then, Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein to review this week’s films, including The Lucky One, Think Like a Man, Darling Companion, Chimpanzee, Marley and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Guests:

Marc Graser , Senior Writer, Variety

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 Lucky One

A Marine returns home with a photo of a woman he’s never met.

Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Jay R. Ferguson and Blythe Danner
Written by: Will Fetters
Directed by: Scott Hicks
PG-13
Warner Bros. Pictures


Think Like a Man

Four women shake things up by reading a relationship-advice book.

Starring: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good and Regina Hall
Written by: Keith Merryman and David A. Newman
Directed by: Tim Story
PG-13
Screen Gems


Darling Companion

A woman forms a special bond with a lost dog.

Starring: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest and Richard Jenkins
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan and Meg Kasdan
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
PG-13
Sony Pictures Classics


The Fields

A farm is threatened by a mysterious presence lurking in the cornfields.

Starring: Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid and Joshua Ormond
Written by: Harrison Smith
Directed by: Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni
Not rated
Breaking Glass


Jesus Henry Christ

A ten-year-old super genius searches for his father.

Starring: Toni Collette, Michael Sheen and Jason Spevack
Written and directed by: Dennis Lee
PG-13
Entertainment One/E1 Entertainment


Goodbye First Love

A young woman struggles with the pain of a past relationship.

Starring: Lola Creton, Sebastian Urzendowsky and Magne-Havard Brekke
Written and directed by: Mia Hansen-Love
Not rated
Sundance Selects

In French with English subtitles.


My Way

A Korean native and Japanese aristocrat endure imprisonment in WWII.

Starring: Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and Fan Bing-Bing
Written by: Kang Je-kyu and Kim Byung-in
Directed by: Kang Je-Kyu
R
CJ Entertainment / PMK-BNC Films

In Korean with English subtitles.


Helpless

A former detective investigates the disappearance of his cousin’s fiancée.

Starring: Lee Sun-kyun, Kim Min-hee and Cho Seong-ha
Written and directed by: Byun Young-joo
Not rated
CJ Entertainment America

In Korean with English subtitles.


Chimpanzee

The tale of a baby chimp and his family as they struggle to survive.

Directed by: Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield
G
Disneynature


Marley

The life, work and legacy of the famous reggae artist, Bob Marley.

Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
PG-13
Magnolia Pictures


Fightville

A look at mixed-martial-arts fighters in Southern Louisiana.

Directed by: Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Not rated
MPI Media Group


Hit So Hard

The life of Patty Schemel, drummer for ‘90s rock band Hole.

Directed by: P. David Ebersole
Not rated
Well Go USA/Variance


Stony Island

The lone white kid on the block starts an R&B band.

Starring: Richard Davis, Edward 'Stoney' Robinson, George Englund, Ronnie Barron,
Written by: Andrew Davis, Tamar Simon Hoffs
Directed by: Andrew Davis
PG
Chicago Pacific Entertainment

Playing at the American Cinematheque and out on DVD April 24th


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