Filmweek: ‘No Escape’, ‘We Are Your Friends,’ ‘Z for Zachariah,’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Wade Major, and Amy Nicholson review this week’s releases, including “No Escape;” “We Are Your Friends;” “Z is for Zachariah;” and more. TGI-Filmweek!
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FilmWeek for October 23, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major of boxoffice.com, Andy Klein of Brand X, and Charles Solomon, animation critic and historian for amazon.com discuss the week’s new film releases including Amelia, Antichrist, Astro Boy, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Ong Bak 2, Motherhood, Untitled, The Maid, The Canyon, and Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky. And, Mitch Albom is here. The author of Tuesdays with Morrie has written a new book that profiles a Jewish rabbi preparing for his own death and a Christian pastor who works with Detroit's homeless.

FilmWeek for October 16, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today, Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com, and Charles Solomon of amazon.com discuss the week’s new film releases, including Where the Wild Things Are; Law Abiding Citizen, Black Dynamite; New York, I Love You; Visual Acoustics; Trucker; and Bronson.

FilmWeek for October 9, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com and Andy Klein of Brand X discuss the week’s new film releases, including Couples Retreat; An Education; Bliss; 35 Shots of Rum; The Damned United; Good Hair; The Horse Boy; Paranormal Activity; and Peter and Vandy. And, a look at films of 1939. Marking the 70th anniversary of its theatrical release, The Wizard of Oz will be available on Blu Ray this week. Larry and FilmWeek critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein discuss Oz and the other great films of 1939, including Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach and Dark Victory.

FilmWeek for October 2, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com and Wade Major of boxoffice.com discuss the week’s new film releases including The Invention of Lying, Zombieland, Whip It!, A Serious Man, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, A Beautiful Life, My Fuhrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler, More Than A Game, In Search of Beethoven, and The Providence Effect. The critics will also weigh in on the arrest of filmmaker Roman Polanski. Then Larry talks with Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Peter Jones about his new documentary, “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times” that takes a look at the influential family behind the L.A. Times and the birth of Los Angeles.

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.