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FilmWeek (5/11/12): Dark Shadows, God Bless America, Girl in Progress, The Road and more

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Claudia Puig to discuss this week’s new films, including:

Dark Shadows,

God Bless America (explicit language),

Girl in Progress,

The Road,

and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today


Dark Shadows

An imprisoned vampire is freed and rejoins his family after 200 years.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green
Written by: Seth Grahame-Smith
Directed by: Tim Burton
Warner Bros.

God Bless America

A down-on-his-luck man and a young girl go on a killing spree of irritating, rude people.

Starring: Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr
Written and directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait
Magnet Releasing

Girl in Progress

A busy single mother juggles raising her daughter and her own life.

Starring: Eva Mendes, Matthew Modine, Patricia Arquette and Cierra Ramirez
Written by: Hiram Martinez
Directed by: Patricia Riggen
Pantelion Films


A runaway teenager meets a drifter and a rebel on her way to Vegas.

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne and Juliette Lewis
Written by: Andrea Portes
Directed by: Derick Martini
Phase 4 Films

Tonight You’re Mine

Two feuding musicians get handcuffed together at a music festival.

Starring: Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena and Mathew Baynton
Written by: Thomas Leveritt
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Roadside Attractions

Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish

Two Orthodox Jews help a grad school student translate Shakespeare into Yiddish.

Starring: Lazer Weiss, Melissa Weisz and Mendy Zafir
Written and directed by: Eve Annenberg
Not rated
Nancy Fishman Film Releasing

In English and Yiddish, with English subtitles.

Under African Skies

The making of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”

Starring: Paul Simon
Directed by: Joe Berlinger
Not rated

The Road

When three teenagers go missing, a 12-year-old cold case is reopened.

Starring: Carminga Villaroel, Rhian Ramos and T.J. Trinidad
Written by: Yam Laranas and Aloy Adlawan
Directed by: Laranas
Freestyle Releasing

I Wish (Kiseki)

Two young brothers are separated by divorce in Japan.

Starring: Koki Maeda, Nene Ohtsuka and Ohshiro Maeda
Written and directed by: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Magnolia Pictures

The Cup

A jockey’s resolve is tested when his brother dies in an accident.

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Curry and Daniel MacPherson
Written by: Simon Wincer and Eric O'Keefe
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Not rated
Myriad Pictures