FilmWeek: 'Independence Day: Resurgence,' 'The Shallows,' and more, plus should human rights be extended to chimpanzees?

Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein review this week's new movies releases including another alien invasion in "Independence Day: Resurgence," "The Shallows," "Free State of Jones," "Swiss Army Man" and more. Then, we'll talk to documentary filmmakers about a new documentary arguing that chimps should be considered people,too. TGI-FilmWeek!
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FilmWeek for July 2, 2010

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Jean Oppenheimer, Andy Klein of Brand X and Charles Solomon, animation critic and historian for discuss several of the week’s new film releases including The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Last Airbender, Love Ranch, and South of the Border among others. Larry will also open up the phones for “Twi-Hards” to sound off about Eclipse. Are you “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob?” Later, Oliver Stone is one of America’s most famous film makers, known for such master works as Platoon, JFK and Wall Street. He’s putting the finishing touches on a sequel to Wall Street, returning to one of his most famous characters, Gorden Gekko. But he’s also a political activist with a keen interest in developments in South America. This weekend his newest film comes out, South of the Border. It’s a documentary comprising interviews with South American leaders, most notably Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. In the film, Stone sets out to show that American media and policy makers unfairly demonize Chavez. Larry caught up with Stone earlier this week.

FilmWeek for June 25, 2010

Guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Jean Oppenheimer and Henry Sheehan of discuss the week’s new film releases including Knight and Day, Grown-Ups, The Killer Inside Me, Restrepo, and Let It Rain among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Later, Larry Mantle talks with actress Pam Grier about her candid new memoir detailing her life and career. She shares her thoughts on being a “Blaxploitation” star, (describing herself as “Chekhov in a wet T-shirt!”), working with Roger Corman and Quentin Tarantino, remembers her relationships with Richard Pryor, Freddie Prinze and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and talks openly about her childhood and her battle with cancer.

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FilmWeek for June 18, 2010: Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex, Cyrus, I Am Love, The Duel

KPCC critics Lael Loewenstein and Henry Sheehan review the week's releases, including Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex, Cyrus, Anton Chekhov's The Duel, I Am Love, 8: The Mormon Proposition and Stonewall Uprising. Later, Larry talks with the director of Toy Story 3.

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FilmWeek for June 11, 2010

Larry Mantle and critics Andy Klein of Brand X and Wade Major of discuss the week’s new film releases including The A Team, The Karate Kid, Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, and Winter’s Bone, among others. Later, Larry Mantle sits down with Director Debra Granick and actress Jennifer Lawrence to discuss their new film, Winter’s Bone, which portrays the trials and tribulations of a young woman growing up deep in the Ozark mountains. The film was the recipient of the both the Grand Jury Prize and the Screenwriting award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

FilmWeek for June 4, 2010: Get Him to the Greek, Splice, Marmaduke, Ondine & more

Larry Mantle and KPCC FilmWeek Critics Claudia Puig of USA Today, Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor, and Charles Solomon animation critic for and animation historian, join Larry to discuss this week’s new film releases including Get Him To The Greek, Splice, Marmaduke, Ondine, Perrier’s Bounty, John Rabe, and Micmacs, among others.

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FilmWeek for May 28, 2010

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today and Lael Loewenstein of Variety discuss the week’s film openings including Sex And The City 2, and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, among others. Lael and Claudia will also discuss the uptick in films made for women in light of the opening of Sex And The City 2. Are these films done well for women? Are they usually any good? What is your favorite “chick flick?” What type of women’s movies do you like? Later, John Rabe on John Rabe.