Filmweek: ‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,’ ‘Vacation,’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Wade Major, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new releases including “Mission: Impossible,” “Vacation,” “Best of Enemies,” “Listen to Me Marlon,” and more. TGI-Filmweek!
Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Vacation" - Red Carpet

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FilmWeek for September 25, 2009

Larry Mantle talks with KPCC film critics Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media and Wade Major of boxoffice.com about the week’s new film releases, including Surrogates, Fame, The Boys Are Back, Capitalism: A Love Story, Coco Before Chanel, Disgrace, The Most Dangerous Man In America, We Live In Public, and Lord, Save Us From Your Followers. Plus, acclaimed actress Annette Bening has played some spectacularly scheming and deeply deluded women in films such as Bugsy, American Beauty and Being Julia. Now she’s tackling Euripides' famed anti-heroine, Medea, in UCLA Live’s world premier production. Bening talk with Larry about her enduring stage and film career.

FilmWeek for September 18, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com, Andy Klein of Brand X and Charles Solomon of amazon.com discuss the week’s new releases, including Love Happens, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Informant, Bright Star, The Burning Plain, American Casino, Laila’s Birthday, Crude, Paris, and You, the Living. Larry will also talk with KPCC film critic Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor about the Montreal and Toronto film festivals, and talk with our critics about the deaths this week of Larry Gelbart, Henry Gibson, and Patrick Swayze.

FilmWeek for September 11, 2009

Guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today, Wade Major of boxoffice.com, and Charles Solomon of amazon.com discuss the week’s new film releases including Whiteout, 9, Walt and El Grupo, The Other Man, Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, Big Fan, Loren Cass, White on Rice, Art and Copy, No Impact Man, and The September Issue. The critics will also discuss the career of Entertainment writer, Army Archerd of Variety who died this week. And, David will talk with KPCC film critic Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media who has just returned from the Telluride Film Festival.

FilmWeek for September 4, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein of Variety and Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com, discuss this week’s film releases including All About Steve, Extract, Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy-Footed Mutha, Amreeka, Still Walking and The Headless Woman. And, guest film critic from Russia, Anjelika Artyukh will join the discussion and also talk about Russian film and the Russian government’s regulation of film. And, Larry Mantle talks about the new film Art & Copy. The film depicts some of the most influential advertising visionaries and campaigns that have had a major impact on American culture. The film opens next week, September 11th.

FilmWeek for August 28, 2009

Guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today, and Andy Klein of Brand X discuss the week’s new film releases including Taking Woodstock, Five Minutes of Heaven, World’s Greatest Dad, Play The Game, This Beautiful City, Orgies and the Meaning of Life, The Baader-Meinof Complex, and Cloud 9. Plus, Bobcat Goldthwait is a regular on Comedy Central, known for his rabid stage personality and goofy but dark sense of humor (think exploding poodles). He’s also the director of the new film, World’s Greatest Dad, starring Robin Williams. Guest host David Lazarus talks with Bobcat about his sometimes unsettling humor, his latest movie, and life in The Biz.

FilmWeek for August 21, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major of boxoffice.com and Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media review the week’s new releases including Inglourious Basterds, Shorts, My One and Only, X-Games 3D:The Movie, Post Grad, Beeswax, Earth Days, and Gotta Dance. Plus, the films and career of director Quentin Tarantino. From Reservoir Dogs to Pulp Fiction to Kill Bill and beyond, what do you think of the films of Quentin Tarantino? What do you like best or least? Violence? Dialogue? Characters?