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FilmWeek (4/29/11): Fast Five, 13 Assassins, Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and more

FilmWeek: KPCC film critics Peter Rainer, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Fast Five, 13 Assassins, Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Peter Rainer, film critic for Christian Science Monitor

Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC and

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Films Reviewed:

Fast Five

A gang of extreme street racers pull off their last job in Brazil.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Tyrese Gibson
Written by: Chris Morgan
Directed by: Justin Lin
Rated: PG-13
Universal Pictures

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (in 3D)

Werner Herzog explores caves in southern France that feature some of the oldest known examples of cave drawing.

Directed by: Werner Herzog
Not rated
IFC Films

Sympathy for Delicious

A paralyzed DJ becomes a faith healer and faces personal demons.

Starring: Christopher Thornton, Mark Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney
Written by: Christopher Thornton
Directed by: Mark Ruffalo
Rated: R
Maya Entertainment

13 Assassins

A group of assassins go on a suicide mission to kill an evil ruler in feudal Japan.

Starring: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya and Goro Inagaki
Written by: Daisuke Tengan
Directed by: Takashi Miike
Rated: R
Magnet Releasing

Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil (in 3D)

Little Red Riding Hood goes on a covert mission to find the missing Hansel and Gretel.

Starring: the voices of Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close and Patrick Warburton
Written by: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech and Mike Disa
Directed by: Mike Disa
Rated: PG
The Weinstein Company

Stake Land

A vampire hunter tries to get an orphaned boy to safety is a post-apocalyptic future.

Starring: Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris and Kelly McGillis
Written by: Nick Damici and Jim Mickle
Directed by: Jim Mickle
Not rated
IFC Midnight

Exporting Raymond

The creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” tries to adapt the show for a Russian audience.

Starring: Philip Rosenthal and Aleksandr Zhigalkin
Written and directed by: Philip Rosenthal
Rated: PG
Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Double Hour (La Doppia Ora)

A romantic getaway in Turin transforms into a dangerous escapade.

Starring: Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi
Written by: Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo
Directed by: Giuseppe Capotond
Not rated
Samuel Goldwyn Films

That’s What I Am

A meek junior high student must pair up with a social outcast on a school project.

Starring: Ed Harris, Chase Ellison, Molly Parker and Daniel Roebuck
Written and directed by: Michael Pavone
Rated: PG
World Wrestling Entertainment

Making the Boys

A look at The Boys in the Band, a groundbreaking play and film and its portrayals of gay characters.

Starring: Mart Crowley, Peter White, Laurence Luckinbill and William Friedkin
Directed by: Crayton Robey
Not rated
First Run Features


Eden of the East the Movie: The King of Eden

Starring: Christine M. Auten, John Burgmeier and Leah Clark
Directed by: Kenji Kamiyama

Fly Away

Starring: JR Bourne, Beth Broderick and Greg Germann
Directed by: Janet Grillo