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FilmWeek (5/6/11): Thor, The Beaver, Mia and the Migoo, Passion Play, There Be Dragons and more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Thor, The Beaver, Mia and the Migoo, Passion Play, The Robber, There Be Dragons and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and Brand X

Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC and

Films Reviewed:

Thor (In Imax 3-D)

A warrior-god is cast out of his magical homeland and becomes a hero by defending earth.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard
Written by: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Rated: PG-13
Paramount Pictures

The Beaver

A depressed man begins to communicate exclusively through a beaver hand puppet.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin
Written by: Kyle Killen
Directed by: Jodie Foster
Rated: PG-13
Summit Entertainment

Something Borrowed

A long-suffering single woman falls for her best friend’s fiancé.

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey and John Krasinski
Written by: Jennie Urman and Jordan Roberts
Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Rated: PG-13
Warner Brothers Pictures

There Be Dragons

A journalist travels to Spain and confronts his estranged father about his dubious connection to a would-be saint.

Starring: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Olga Kurylenko and Derek Jacobi
Written and directed by: Roland Joffe
Rated: PG-13
Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Robber

(Nuart may 6-12)

Tells the true story of a marathon runner who began robbing banks as a hobby.

Starring: Andreas Lust
Written by: Benjamin Heisenberg and Martin Prinz
Directed by: Benjamin Heisenberg
Not rated
Kino International

Mia and the Migoo

A young girl journeys to rescue her father with the help of forest spirits.

Starring: the voices of John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine and Wallace Shawn
Written by: Benoit Chieux, Antoine Lanciaux and Iouri Tcherenkov
Directed by: Jacques-Remy Girerd
Rated: PG

Passion Play

A down and out jazz musician falls for a mysterious woman and is persecuted by a gangster.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray and Kelly Lynch
Written and directed by: Mitch Glazer
Rated: R
Image Entertainment


A woman in her 60s struggling with Alzheimer’s and a family crime finds solace in a poetry class.

Starring: Yun Jung-hee, David Lee and Ahn Nae-sang
Written and directed by: Lee Chang-dong
Not rated
Kino International

Beautiful Darling

Tells the story of the life of Candy Darling, a New York scenester who hung with Andy Warhol and influenced Lou Reed.

Starring: Andy Warhol, Glenn O'Brien, John Waters and the voice of Chloe Sevigny
Written and directed by: James Rasin
Not rated
Corinth Films

Summer Children (1965)

Vilmos Zsigmond and the producers will be interviewed by Henry Sheehan at the American Cinematheque on May 10th at 7:30pm!

A seemingly innocent yacht trip to Catalina breaks into a jealous competition between two young men as they fight for the affections of the ethereal Diana ending in tragedy and redemption. The film's odd parentage can be ascribed to both French New Wave and corny American TV melodrama of the 1960's.

Starring: Stuart Anderson, Valora Noland, John Kulhanek and Sandy Gabriel
Directed by: James Bruner
Photographed by: Vilmos Zsigmond
Produced by: Jack Robinette
Restoration Produced by: Edie Robinette-Petrachi


Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Starring: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine and Sidney Blackmer
Directed by: Fritz Lang

While the City Sleeps

Starring: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming and Georee Sanders
Directed by: Fritz Lang

Waiting for Forever

Starring: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge and Richard Jenkins
Directed by: James Keach