FilmWeek: ‘The Nice Guys,’ ‘Neighbors 2' and more, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the new 'Weiner' documentary

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major, Christy Lemire, and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases including “The Nice Guys,” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” "Weiner" and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
"The Nice Guys" - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

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FilmWeek for March 12, 2010

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Jean Oppenheimer and Claudia Puig of USA Today review the week’s new film releases, including Green Zone, Remember Me, She's Out of My League, Our Family Wedding, Toe to Toe, American Radical, The Art of the Steal, Children of Invention, Mother, and Brooklyn's Finest. Later, George Lucas' latest project isn't a movie- it's a 976 page book. In "Blockbusting," Lucas surveys over 100 years of moviemaking to pick 300 films that stand the test of time. Of interest to film buffs are the shooting schedules, financial figures and trivia behind the making of each movie. The production costs and box office numbers are also listed in present-day dollars to allow for insightful comparison between decades of film. What's the highest-grossing film ever made? Adjusted for inflation, it's still Gone with the Wind. Larry Mantle discusses fun facts from the book with editor Alex Ben Block.

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FilmWeek for March 5, 2010

Charles and Andy drag Larry down the rabbit hole to discuss Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Then, Larry Mantle and all the FilmWeek critics traveled to the Egyptian Theatre for our 8th annual Academy Awards preview show. Who will take home Oscar gold? Who will be disappointed? KPCC’s critics make their predictions.

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FilmWeek Oscar Preview at the Egyptian

On Sunday, February 28th, 89.3 KPCC’s AirTalk travels to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for our 8th annual Academy Awards preview show taping from 1:30-3 p.m. The program will air Friday, March 5th on AirTalk. Host Larry Mantle will lead the conversation with FilmWeek critics Jean Oppenheimer, Andy Klein of Brand X, Lael Loewenstein of Variety; Wade Major of boxoffice.com, Claudia Puig of USA Today; Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor, Henry Sheehan of HenrySheehan.com, and Charles Solomon, animation critic for Amazon.com. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $11 and are available at the door.

FilmWeek for February 26, 2010

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com and Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor discuss the week’s new film releases including Cop Out, The Crazies, A Prophet, Defendor, Easier With Practice, Formosa Betrayed, and The Yellow Handkerchief. Then, Larry talks with Gabourey Sidibe, the Oscar-nominated star of Precious.

FilmWeek for February 19, 2010

Larry Mantle and critics Wade Major of boxoffice.com and Claudia Puig of USA Today discuss the week’s new film releases including Shutter Island, Ghost Writer, The Girl On The Train, Ajami, The Good Guy, Happy Tears, Blood Done Sign My Name, and October Country. KPCC critic Charles Solomon of Amazon.com will also join Wade and Claudia to talk about the Oscar nominated animated and live actions shorts.

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FilmWeek for February 12, 2010

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein of Variety and Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com discuss the week’s new film releases including Valentine’s Day, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Wolfman, North Face, Red Riding Trilogy and Terribly Happy. Larry will also discuss the Santa Barbara Film Festival that runs through this weekend. Later, do romantic films distort our ideas about love?