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FilmWeek: 'The Five-Year Engagement,' 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits,' 'The Raven,' 'Safe,' and more

Larry Mantle is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to discuss this week’s new films, including The Five-Year Engagement, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Raven, Safe, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Charles Solomon, animation critic for KPCC, author and historian for

Films Reviewed:

The Five-Year Engagement

A couple repeatedly pushes back their wedding date.

Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie
Written by: Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Universal Pictures

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (in 3-D)

The captain of a ship yearns to win the Pirate of the Year award.

Starring: Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton and Martin Freeman
Written by: Gideon Defoe
Directed by: Peter Lord
Columbia Pictures

The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe teams up with a detective to solve murders.

Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson
Written by: Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare
Directed by: James McTeigue
Relativity Media


A cage fighter rescues and protects a young Chinese girl.

Starring: Jason Statham, Robert John Burke, Chris Sarandon, Anson Mount
Written and directed by: Boaz Yakin


A headhunter and art thief’s double-life begins to intersect.

Starring: Aksel Hennie, Synnove Macody Lund and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Written by: Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Rybergand
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Magnolia Pictures


A funeral director is charged with a wealthy widow’s murder.

Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey
Written by: Richard Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Millennium Entertainment

Sound of My Voice

A couple plans to infiltrate a cult and expose its leader.

Starring: Brit Marling, Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius
Written by: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
Fox Searchlight Pictures


A bookish girl sees through a cocky high schooler’s façade.

Starring: E.J. Bonilla, Veronica Diaz-Carranza and Jennifer Esposito
Written and directed by: Nicholas Ozeki
Screen Media Films.