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FilmWeek (12/9/11): Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Young Adult, We Need to Talk About Kevin, W.E., In Darkness and more

KPCC film critics Peter Rainer and Claudia Puig join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Young Adult, We Need to Talk About Kevin, W.E., In Darkness and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Films Reviewed:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A Cold War spy hunts for a Soviet mole in Britain’s MI6.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and John Hurt
Written by: Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Focus Features

Young Adult

An author returns home to reunite with her high school sweetheart.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser
Written by: Diablo Cody
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Paramount Pictures

We Need to Talk About Kevin

A mother must process her son’s involvement in a school shooting.

Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller
Written by: Lynne Ramsay and Rory Stewart Kinnear
Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
Oscilloscope Laboratories

New Year’s Eve

Lives intertwine in New York City on the last day of the year.

Starring: Halle Berry, Josh Duhamel, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro
Written by: Katherine Fugate
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Warner Bros. Pictures


An unhappy woman becomes obsessed with King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, James D’Arcy and Oscar Isaac
Written by: Madonna and Alek Keshishian
Directed by: Madonna
Weinstein Co.

In Darkness

In Nazi-occupied Poland, a man shelters Jews underground for profit.

Starring: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann and Agnieszka Grochowska
Written by: David F. Shamoon
Directed by: Agnieska Holland
Sony Pictures Classics

In German and Polish, with English subtitles

The Sitter

An atypical baby sitter takes three kids on an adventure.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Max Records, Ari Graynor, J.B. Smoove and Sam Rockwell
Written by: Brian T. Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka
Directed by: David Gordon Green
20th Century Fox

Sleeping Beauty

A passive college student enters an erotic underworld.

Starring: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie and Peter Carroll
Written and directed by: Julia Leigh
Not rated
Sundance Selects

I Melt With You

A college reunion of friends spirals out of control.

Starring: Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven and Carla Gugino
Written by: Glenn Porter
Directed by: Mark Pellington
Magnolia Pictures