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FilmWeek (7/27/12): The Watch, Ruby Sparks, Dark Horse and more

Our guest host David Lazarus is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Henry Sheehan to review this week’s new films, including The Watch, Dark Horse, Ruby Sparks and more.


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and L.A. Times Community Newspapers

Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Films Reviewed:

The Watch

Four regular guys form a neighborhood watch and stumble upon an alien invasion.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Rosemarie DeWitt
Written by: Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Directed by: Akiva Schaffer
20th Century Fox

Dark Horse

A 30-something man lives with his parents and courts a similar woman.

Starring: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken
Written and directed by: Todd Solondz
Not rated
Brainstorm Media

Ruby Sparks

A struggling novelist’s new character comes to life.

Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening
Written by: Zoe Kazan
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Well Digger’s Daughter

A widower’s daughter is abandoned by a pilot after he impregnates her.

Starring: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Daniel Auteuil and Sabene Azema
Written and directed by: Daniel Auteuil
Not rated
Kino Lorber


A man takes his girlfriend’s nephew on a trip to prove he can be a father.

Starring: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen and Marcuz Jess Petersen
Written by: Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen
Directed by: Mikkel Norgaard
Drafthouse Films


A doctor sacrifices his son to save the newborn member of an otherwise extinct clan.

Starring: Ge You, Fan Bing-bing and Zhang Feng-Yi
Written and directed by: Chen Kaige
Not rated
Samuel Goldwyn Films


An epidemic breaks out in South Korea that kills people via dehydration.

Starring: Moon Jeong-hee, Dong-wan Kim and Ha-nui Lee
Written and directed by: Jeong-woo Park
Not rated

Out on Disc

The Deep Blue Sea

Starring: Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
Directed by: Terence Davies

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Starring: Jiro Ono and Yoshikazu Onu
Directed by: David Gelb