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FilmWeek: The Avengers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Citizen Gangster, A Little Bit of Heaven and more

Larry Mantle is joined by KPCC film critics Peter Rainer and Wade Major to discuss this week’s new films, including The Avengers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Citizen Gangster, A Little Bit of Heaven and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Films Reviewed:

The Avengers (In Imax 3-D)

The famous Marvel superheroes unite to save the world.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansen, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth
Written by: Joss Whedon and Zak Penn
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Walt Disney Pictures

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

British retirees travel to India to stay at a restored hotel.

Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Tom Wilkinson
Written by: Ol Parker
Directed by: John Madden
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Citizen Gangster

The true story of Eddie Boyd, the Canadian WWII veteran who became Toronto's most notorious bank robber.

Starring: Scott Speedman, Kelly Reilly, Brian Cox and Kevin Durand
Written and directed by: Nathan Morlando
Not rated
IFC Films

A Little Bit of Heaven

A visit to the doctor changes the life of a commitment-averse woman.

Starring: Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Kathy Bates, Treat Williams, Rosemarie Dewitt and Lucy Punch
Written by: Gren Wells
Directed by: Nicole Kassell
Millennium Entertainment

Mother's Day

New homeowners and their guests are taken hostage.

Starring: Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Patrick John Flueger and Lyriq Bent
Written by: Scott Milam
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Anchor Bay Films

The Perfect Family

A woman must face her imperfect family upon receiving an award.

Starring: Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter and Emily Deschanel
Written by: Paula Goldberg and Claire V. Riley
Directed by: Anne Renton
Variance Films

First Position

Follows young dancers as they prepare for and compete in a ballet competition.

Starring: Aran Bell, Michaela DePrince and Joan Sebastian Zamora
Directed by: Bess Kargman
Not rated
Sundance Selects

Last Call at the Oasis

A look at the causes and consequences of a global water crisis.

Directed by: Jessica Yu
ATO Pictures