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FilmWeek (11/18/11): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Happy Feet Two, The Descendants and more

KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Claudia Puig and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Happy Feet Two, The Descendants and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

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

Films Reviewed:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Bella and Edward get married and conceive a child.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg
Directed by: Bill Condon
Summit Entertainment

The Descendants

An indifferent father must act decisively after his wife suffers an accident.

Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges and Robert Forster
Written by: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Happy Feet Two (in Imax 3-D)

A penguin helps his son find rhythm.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria and Alecia Moore
Written by: George Miller, Gary Eck, Warren Coleman and Paul Livingston
Directed by: George Miller
Warner Bros. Pictures


An alcoholic widower befriends a religious thrift store employee.

Starring: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan
Written and directed by: Paddy Considine
Not rated
Strand Releasing

Another Happy Day

A wedding-party brings up tensions amongst a family.

Starring: Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth and Thomas Haden Church
Written and directed by: Sam Levinson
Phase 4 Films

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

With a cop’s promotion comes new enemies and dangers.

Starring: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos and Andre Ramiro
Written by: Jose Padilha and Braulio Mantovani
Directed by: Jose Padilha
Not rated
Variance Films

In Portuguese with English subtitles.

London Boulevard

An ex-con falls in love with a movie star.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightly and Ben Chaplin
Written and directed by: William Monahan
IFC Films

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch

An adopted son assumes control of his murdered father’s company.

Starring: Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas and Miki Manojlovic
Written by: Jerome Salle and Julien Rappeneau
Directed by: Jerome Salle
Not rated
Music Box Films

In French, English and Croatian, with English subtitles.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

A study of the husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames.

Narrated by: James Franco
Narration written by: Jason Cohn
Directed by: Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey
Not rated
First Run Features

Incendiary: The Willingham Case

A look at the murder trial and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham.

Directed by: Steve Mims and Joe Bailey Jr
Not rated
Truly Indie