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FilmWeek (6/3/11): X-Men: First Class, Beginners, Beautiful Boy, Submarine and more

KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Wade Major join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including X-Men: First Class, Beginners, Beautiful Boy, Submarine and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and Variety

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Films Reviewed:

X-Men: First Class

The seeds of future adversaries are sown when a school for superhuman mutants is founded in 1963.

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne and January Jones
Written by: Jane Goldman, Ashley Miller, Jamie Moss and Zack Stentz
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Rated: PG-13
20th Century Fox


A young man’s life is disrupted by his elderly father’s revelations.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic and Cosmo the dog
Written and directed by: Mike Mills
Rated: R
Focus Features

Beautiful Boy

A couple with a troubled marriage deal with the aftermath of their young song’s mass shooting and suicide.

Starring: Maria Bello, Michael Sheen, Alan Tudyk and Moon Bloodgood
Written by: Michael Armbruster and Shawn Ku
Directed by: Shawn Ku
Rated: R
Anchor Bay Films


A 15-year old romances a classmate and attempts to save his parents’ marriage.

Starring: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige and Noah Taylor
Written and directed by: Richard Ayoade
Rated: R
The Weinstein Company

Cameraman: The Life and Death of Jack Cardiff

Examines the 70-year career of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

Starring: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese and Kirk Douglas
Directed by: Craig McCall
Not rated
Strand Releasing

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

(Nuart June 3-9)

A restored version of the official U.S. Government film about the first Nuremberg trial after World War II.

Narrated by: Liev Schrieber
Written and directed by: Stuart Schulberg
Not rated
Jeff Lipsky

Love, Wedding, Marriage

A newly married marriage counselor must contend with the impending divorce of her parents.

Starring: Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz and Jessica Szohr
Written by: Anouska Chydzik and Caprice Crane
Directed by: Dermot Mulroney
Rated: PG-13
IFC Films

The Tree of Life

The eldest of three brothers in a 1950s family copes with the loss of innocence.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain
Written and directed by: Terrence Malick
Rated: PG-13
Fox Searchlight Pictures

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Blu-ray release

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Warren Clarke
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Blu-ray release

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Claudia Cardinale
Directed by: Sergio Leone

Empire of Silver

A carefree young man tries to find his own path while taking over his father’s banking empire at the end of the 19th century.

Starring: Aaron Kwok, Tielin Zhang, Hao Lei and Jennifer Tilly
Written and directed by: Christina Yao
Based on the book by Cheng Yi
Rated: R
NeoClassics Films


Tells the story of the bizarre and gruesome disappearance of the entire population of a rural New Hampshire town in 1940.

Starring: Cassidy Freeman, Clark Freeman and Anessa Ramsey
Written by: Andy Mitton and Jesse Holland
Directed by: Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton
Rated: R
The Collective

A Proper Violence

(Culver Plaza Theater)

An ex-con tries to rebuild his life has to confront three obsessive strangers.

Starring: Randy Spence, Justin Morck and Shawn Mahoney
Written by: Matt Robinson and Chris Faulisi
Directed by: Chris Faulisi
Not rated
Cinema Epoch