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FilmWeek (12/23/11): War Horse, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, We Bought a Zoo, The Adventures of Tintin and more

KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including War Horse, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, We Bought a Zoo and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

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

Films Reviewed:

War Horse

A horse is separated from its trainer in World War I.

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis
Written by: Lee Hall and Richard Curtis
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Dreamworks Pictures

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

A boy discovers a mysterious key belonging to his dead father.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn and James Gandolfini
Written by: Eric Roth
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Warner Bros. Pictures

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

An adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel about the search for a missing woman.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard
Written by: Steven Zaillian
Directed by: David Fincher
Columbia Pictures

We Bought a Zoo

A single father and his family attempt to restore a zoo.

Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church
Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna and Cameron Crowe
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
20th Century Fox

The Adventures of Tintin (in 3-D)

A reporter and his dog embark on an adventure.

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg
Written by: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Paramount Pictures

The Iron Lady

A biopic of Margaret Thatcher.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Harry Lloyd and Alexandra Roach
Written by: by Abi Morgan
Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
Weinstein Co.

Albert Nobbs

A woman passes as a man to work in 19th-century Ireland

Starring: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Janet McTeer
Written by: Glenn Close, John Banville and Gabriella Prekop
Directed by: Rodrigo Garcia
Roadside Attractions


A black teenager comes out as a lesbian.

Starring: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker and Aasha Davis
Written and directed by: Dee Rees
Focus Features

The Flowers of War

A man risks his live to save others during the Rape of Nanking.

Starring: Christian Bale and Ni Ni
Written by: Liu Heng
Directed by: Zhang Yimou
Not rated
Row 1 Entertainment and Wrekin Hill Entertainment

In English and Mandarin with English subtitles.

A Separation

A married couple separates in Iran.

Starring: Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat
Written and directed by: Asghar Farhadi
Sony Pictures Classics

PINA (in 3-D)

A documentary of choreographer Pina Bausch.

Starring: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento and Malou Airaudo
Written and directed by: Wim Wenders
IFC Films

In the Land of Blood and Honey

A man and woman find themselves on opposing side of the Bosnian war.

Starring: Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija
Written and directed by: Angelina Jolie