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FilmWeek (7/22/11): Captain America: The First Avenger, Friends With Benefits, Another Earth, Passione, Sarah’s Key and more

KPCC film critics Peter Rainer and Wade Major join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Captain America: The First Avenger, Friends With Benefits, Another Earth, A Little Help, Good Day for It, Sarah’s Key, Passione, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Films Reviewed:

Captain America: The First Avenger

A scrawny soldier volunteers for a secret project and is transformed into a patriotic superhero.

Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, and Hayley Atwell
Written by: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Rated: PG-13
Paramount Pictures

Friends With Benefits

A pair of platonic friends deals with the complications of attempting guilt-free sex.

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson and Jenna Elfman
Written by: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman and Will Gluck
Directed by: Will Gluck
Rated: R
Screen Gems

A Little Help

A woman weaves a web of bizarre lies to take care of her son after the death of her spouse.

Starring: Jenna Fischer, Chris O’Donnell, Daniel Yelsky and Rob Benedict
Written and directed by: Michael J. Weithorn
Rated: R
Freestyle Releasing

The Tree

After the death of her husband, a widow and her children face grief, loss and life changes.

Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas, Morgana Davies and Aden Young
Written and directed by: Julie Bertuccelli
Not rated
Zeitgeist Films


(Laemmle Music Hall)

An exploration of the music and musicians of Naples, Italy.

Starring: Max Casella, James Senese and Gennarro Cosmo Parlato
Written by: John Turturro and Federico Vacalebre
Directed by: John Turturro
Not rated
Unknown distributor

Sarah’s Key

A journalist’s life becomes intertwined with a young girl whose life was shattered by the Nazi occupation of France.

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance and Niels Arestrup
Written by: Serge Joncour
and Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Directed by: by Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Rated: PG-13
The Weinstein Company

Another Earth

A physics student and a composer’s lives cross pass in a tragic accident on the night a phantom planet is discovered.

Starring: William Mapother, Brit Marling and Jordan Baker
Written by: Brit Marling and Mike Cahill
Directed by: Mike Cahill
Rated: PG-13
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Good Day for It

A man forced to abandon his family years prior risks his life to be reunited with them.

Starring: Robert Patrick, Hal Holbrook and Samantha Mathis
Written by: Nick Stagliano and James Canfield Wolf
Directed by: Nick Stagliano
Rated: R
Industrial Entertainment


Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Starring: Mary Badham, Tom Brokaw and Rosanne Cash
Directed by: Mary Murphy

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
Starring: Joan Baez, Arthur Gorson and Tom Hayden
Directed by:Kenneth Bowser

Starring: Bob Ashman, Maria Ashman and Robert J. Ashman
Directed by: Mark Goffman


Starring: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish
Directed by: Neil Burger

Desert Flower
Starring: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins and Craig Parkinson
Directed by: Sherry Horman