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FilmWeek (8/26/11): Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Colombiana, Our Idiot Brother, Higher Ground and more

KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Wade Major join guest host David Lazarus to review this week's films including Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Colombiana, Our Idiot Brother, Higher Ground and more. Plus, KPCC film critic Peter Rainer calls in to discuss his recent trip to the Montreal Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Films Reviewed:

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Evil creatures haunt a young girl, her father and his girlfriend.

Starring: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison and Jack Thompson
Written by: Guillermo Del Toro and Matthew Robbins
Directed by: Troy Nixey
Film District.

An assassin seeks vengeance for the murder of her parents.

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla and Lennie James
Written by: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Stage 6 Films and TriStar Pictures

Our Idiot Brother

A man moves in with family after being thrown out by his girlfriend.

Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer
Written by: Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall
Directed by: Jesse Peretz
Weinstein Co

Higher Ground

A young, married woman begins questioning her faith.

Starring: Vera Farmiga (VEH-rah fahr-MEE-gah), John Hawkes and Donna Murphy
Written by: Tim Metcalfe (MEHT-kahf) and Carolyn Briggs
Directed by: Vera Farmiga
Sony Pictures Classics

Brighton Rock

A waitress discovers evidence linking her husband to murder in 1960s Britain.

Starring: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren
Written and directed by: Rowan Joffee
Not rated
IFC Films


Siblings in an Iranian family explore social boundaries.

Starring: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy and Reza Sixo Safai
Written and directed by: Maryam Keshavarz
Roadside Attractions/Participant Media.


Documentary about five people affected by Sept. 11.

Directed by: Jim Whitaker
Not Rated.