FilmWeek: ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘Storks,’ ‘Queen of Katwe’ and more, plus a closer look at 'Amanda Knox'

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Wade Major, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new movie releases including an updated “Magnificent Seven," the animated feature “Storks,” a Disney family movie based in Uganda titled “Queen of Katwe” and more. We'll also remember the late Curtis Hanson and have a conversation with Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, co-directors of “Amanda Knox." TGI-FilmWeek!
"The Magnificent Seven" New York Premiere

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Find an archived Episode:

Recently on FilmWeek

Mercer 8868

FilmWeek for April 16, 2010

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Jean Oppenheimer and Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com discuss the week’s new film releases including The Joneses, Death At A Funeral, Kick Ass, Handsome Harry, The Secret In Their Eyes, Who Do You Love, The Perfect Game, Dancing Across Borders and The Cartel. Later, Larry talks with Mike Kaplan about classic movie poster art and the free exhibition The More the Merrier: Posters from the Ten Best Picture Nominees, 1936–1943, which runs through April 25 in the Grand Lobby Gallery of the Academy's headquarters in Beverly Hills.

Mercer 8866

FilmWeek for April 9, 2010

Guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Wade Major of boxoffice.com and Claudia Puig of USA Today discuss the week’s new film releases including Date Night, After.Life, La Mission, Mid-August Lunch, Phyllis and Harold, The Square, When You’re Strange, Godspeed, and Women Without Men, among others. Later, with releases in the past few months including Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, and Clash of the Titans, Hollywood has increased its output of 3-D movies- as well as the ticket prices to go with them. What does this trend mean for moviegoers and the film industry? Is it a profit-driven gimmick that puts style over substance? Or does the 3-D treatment enhance the viewing experience?

Mercer 7049

L.A.’s new 3-day work week: how far will budget brinkmanship go?

What started with a political turf battle between the Department of Water & Power, Mayor Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council over a proposed carbon surcharge has now escalated into a possible paralysis of city services and a full-blown budget crisis. It’s difficult to trace the steps between the City Council’s refusal to implement higher rates on DWP electrical bills and the Mayor’s call to shut down city offices for two days a week. The Mayor called for non-essential services, such as libraries, parks and seniors centers, to be closed twice a week, arguing that the DWP’s denial of a $73.5 million injection into the city’s general fund has forced his hand. The City Council and city unions are calling the Mayor’s threat a bluff, questioning how the DWP controversy is connected with this sudden budget crisis. Who will blink first in L.A.’s high-stakes game of brinkmanship?

FilmWeek for April 2, 2010

Larry and the critics review the week's new movies, including Clash of the Titans, The Last Song, The Greatest, and The Secret of Kells. Later, Mystery Science Theater 3000's Mike Nelson is back to poke fun at Hollywood blockbusters, and Peter Rainer reviews the Bermuda Film Fest.

FilmWeek for March 26, 2010

Guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Andy Klein of Brand X, Wade Major of boxoffice.com, and Charles Solomon, animation critic and historian for amazon.com discuss the week’s new film releases, including How to Train Your Dragon, How Tub Time Machine, Chloe, and Waking Sleeping Beauty, Vincere, Eclipse, and The Harimaya Bridge. Then, Larry's back with the Dragon filmmakers.

Mercer 8864

FilmWeek for March 19, 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 The Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, The Runaways, Greenberg, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Tales From The Script, among others. Then, a look at the new documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty.