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FilmWeek (9/16/11): Drive, The Lion King 3-D, Straw Dogs, Contagion and more

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KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Charles Solomon and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the new films Drive, The Lion King 3-D, Straw Dogs, Contagion and more. Plus, critic Peter Rainer calls in to discuss his account of the Toronto Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Charles Solomon, animation critic for KPCC, author and historian for

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Films Reviewed:


A Hollywood stunt driver has to put his skills to the test.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks
Written by: Hossein Amini
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

The Lion King 3D

A 3-D version of the classic animated film.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones
Written by: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton
Directed by: Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
Walt Disney Pictures

Straw Dogs

A couple return home where tensions rise and old conflicts reemerge.

Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic Purcell
Written and directed by: Rod Lurie
Screen Gems

Contagion (in Imax)

A lethal virus threats to completely unravel society.

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law
Written by: Scott Z. Burns
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Warner Bros. Pictures


A couple on the urge of their 20th anniversary fall in love with the same man.

Starring: Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper and Devid Striesow
Written and directed by: Tom Tykwer
Not rated
Strand Releasing

Happy, Happy

A perfect couples moves next door to a housewife in a frigid marriage.

Starring: Agnes Kittelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen and Maibritt Saerens
Written by: Ragnhild Tronvoll
Directed by: Anne Sewitsky
Magnolia Pictures

In Norwegian with English subtitles.


A man who lost his parents falls in love with a terminal cancer patient.

Starring: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase and Schuyler Fisk
Written by: Jason Lew
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Sony Pictures Classics

Special Treatment

A prostitute and psychoanalyst trade professional expertise.

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners and Sabila Moussadek
Written by: Richard Debuisne and Jeanne Labrune
Directed by: Jeanne Labrune
First Run Features

Summer Pasture

A look at a nomadic family living in Tibet.

Directed by: Lynn True and Nelson Walker
Not rated

In Tibetan with English subtitles.

We Were Here

A documentary of the impact of AIDS on San Francisco.

Starring: Eileen Glutzer, Paul Boneberg and Bobbi Campbell
Directed by: David Weissman and Bill Weber
Not rated
Red Flag Releasing

Shut Up Little Man

Two roommates tape-record their neighbors’ profane, alcoholic fights.

Starring: Eddie Lee Sausage, Mitch Deprey and Daniel Clowes
Written and directed by: Matthew Bate
Not rated
Tribeca Film