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FilmWeek (7/1/11): Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Larry Crowne, Terri, The Perfect Host, Monte Carlo, 35 and Ticking and more

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KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Larry Crowne, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Terri, The Perfect Host, Monte Carlo, 35 and Ticking, The First Beautiful Thing, Vincent Wants to Sea and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and Brand X

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Films Reviewed

Larry Crowne

A middle aged man starts over after a layoff by going back to college.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Cedric the Entertainer and Taraji P
Written by: Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos
Directed by: Tom Hanks
Rated: PG-13
Universal Pictures

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
(In Imax 3-D)

Humans and giant benevolent robots defend the planet from an attack by evil robots.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Written by: Ehren Kruger
Directed by: Michael Bay
Rated: PG-13
Paramount Pictures

Monte Carlo

A case of mistaken identity finds three vacationing girls whisked away to Monte Carlo.

Starring: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy and Cory Monteith
Written by: Thomas Bezucha, April Blair and Maria Maggenti
Directed by: Tomas Bezucha
Rated: PG
20th Century Fox


An awkward teenager learns about friendship from his school’s vice principal.

Starring:John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton and Olivia Crocicchia
Written by: Patrick deWitt
Directed by: Aza Jacobs
Rated: R
ATO Pictures

Vincent Wants to Sea


A grieving man with Tourette’s Syndrome escapes an institution with two other patients.

Starring: Florian David Fitz, Karoline Herfurth and Heino Ferch
Written by: Florian David Fitz
Directed by: Ralf Huettner
Not rated
Corinth Releasing

35 and Ticking

(at the Rave 15)

Four friends in their middle 30s struggle with family challenges.

Starring: Tamala Jones, Nicole Ari Parker, Kevin Hart and Keith Robinson
Written and directed by: Russ Parr
Rated: R
Image Entertainment

Leap Year
(Ano Bisiesto)

After many unfulfilling relationships a journalist in Mexico City falls for a brooding actor.

Starring: Monica del Carmen, Gustavo Sanchez Parra and Marco Zapata
Written by: Michael Rowe and Lucia Carreras
Directed by: Michael Rowe
Not rated
Universal Pictures

The Perfect Host

A criminal on the lam cons his way into a dinner party hosted by an unorthodox person.

Starring: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker and Helen Reddy
Written and directed by: Nick Tomnay
Rated: R
Magnolia Pictures

The First Beautiful Thing

(La Prima Cosa Bella)

A detached teacher and his sister return to their hometown to face their past.

Starring: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti and Stefania Sandrelli
Written by: Francesco Bruni, Francesco Piccolo and Paolo Virzi
Directed by: Paolo Virzi
Not rated
Palisades Tartan


Season of the Witch

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Claire Foy
Directed by: Dominic Sena

Sucker Punch

Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish
Directed by: Zack Snyder


Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen
Directed by: Daniel Barnz

Barney's Version

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike and Jake Hoffman
Directed by: Richard J. Lewis


Starring: Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson and Hilary Duff
Directed by: Shane Dax Taylor