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Filmweek (11/25/11): The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, Hugo, and more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Wade Major and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, Hugo, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

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

Films Reviewed:

The Muppets

The Muppets reunite in Los Angeles to save their old theater.

Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones
Written by: Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
Directed by: James Bobin
Walt Disney Pictures

Arthur Christmas

Santa Claus’s son must complete a Christmas Eve mission.

Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy (NY)
Written by: Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith
Directed by: Sarah Smith
Columbia Pictures

Hugo (in 3-D)

An orphan in 1930s Paris tries to solve a mystery.

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen
Written by: John Logan
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Paramount Pictures

The Artist

A silent movie star’s career begins to decline as Hollywood turns to talkies.

Starring: Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman and Malcolm McDowell
Written and directed by: Michel Hazanavicius
Weinstein Co.

A Dangerous Method

A dramatization of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud’s relationship.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Sarah Gadon
Written by: Christopher Hampton
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Sony Pictures Classics

My Week With Marilyn

On location in Britain, Marilyn Monroe escapes the pressures of Hollywood.

Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench
Written by: Adrian Hodges
Directed by: Simon Curtis
Weinstein Co.


An LAPD officer’s spotty past catches up with him.

Starring: Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube and Ben Foster
Written by: James Ellroy and Oren Moverman
Directed by: Oren Moverman
Millennium Entertainment


In French with English subtitles.

A young girl pretends to be a boy amongst new friends.

Starring: Zoe Heran, Malonn Levana and Jeanne Disson
Written and directed by: Celine Sciamma
Not rated
Rocket Releasing

Garbo the Spy

The story of Joan Pujol Garcia, an Allied double agent in WWII.

Starring: Nigel West, Mark Seaman and Xavier Vinader
Written by: Edmon Roch, Isaki Lacuesta and Maria Hervera
Directed by: Edmon Roch
Not rated
First Run Features