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 October 30, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Lowenstein of Variety and Peter Rainer of Christian Science Monitor discuss the week’s new film releases, including This Is It, Gentlemen Broncos, Skin, The House of the Devil, The Fall, and Jump. Then, the AFI Fest presents movies by emerging and established filmmakers. For this year’s festival, from October 30-November 7, tickets are free to all movie screenings. Larry Mantle talks with AFI Fest’s artistic director about this year’s lineup. Author Mitchell Zuckoff joins Larry Mantle to talk about legendary Hollywood movie maker Robert Altman who burst onto the Hollywood scene in 1970 with the movie M*A*S*H.

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FilmWeek for October 23, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major of, Andy Klein of Brand X, and Charles Solomon, animation critic and historian for 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, and Charles Solomon of 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 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 and Wade Major of 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 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.