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FilmWeek (1/20/12): Underworld Awakening, Red Tails, Haywire, Miss Bala, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life and more

KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Claudia Puig and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including Underworld Awakening, Red Tails, Haywire, Miss Bala, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and senior film critic for Box Office Magazine

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today

Charles Solomon, animation critic for KPCC and historian for

Films Reviewed:

Underworld Awakening (in 3-D)

Humans are at war with vampires and werewolves in this installment of the series.

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy and Theo James
Written by: Len Wiseman, John Hlavin, J. Michael Straczynski and Allison Burnett
Directed by: Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein
Screen Gems

Red Tails

A historical drama of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

Starring: Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo and Terrence Howard
Written by: John Ridley and Aaron McGruder
Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
20th Century Fox


A black-ops soldier seeks revenge after being setup.

Starring: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor
Written by: Lem Dobbs
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Relativity media

Miss Bala

An aspiring beauty queen in Mexico winds up in a drug cartel.

Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Noe Hernandez and James Russo
Written by: Gerardo Naranjo and Mauricio Katz
Directed by: Gerardo Naranjo
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Two brothers pursue a fugitive in this anime adventure.

Starring: The voices of Vic Mignogna, Maxey Whitehead and Alexis Tipton
Written by: Yuichi Shinpo
Directed by: Kazuya Murata
Not rated
Eleven Arts

The Viral Factor

An international agent must thwart a deadly plot.

Starring: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse and Lin Peng
Written by: Dante Lam and Jack Ng
Directed by: Dante Lam
Not rated
China Lion

The Front Line

In the Korean War, a Southern battalion tries to hold the front line against the North.

Starring: Shin Ha-kyun, Ko Soo and Kim Ok-vin
Written by: Park Sang-Yeon
Directed by: Jang Hun
Well Go USA

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

A look at the life and work of Carol Channing.

Starring: Carol Channing, Loni Anderson, Lily Tomlin and Debbie Reynolds
Written by: Dori Berinstein (DOR-ee BUR-in-steen) and Adam Zucker (ZUHCK-er)
Directed by: Dori Berinstein
Entertainment One US

Man on a Mission

A story of one man’s efforts to make it to outer space.

Starring: Richard Garriott, Owen Garriott, Sergey Brin (BRIN)
Directed by: Mike Woolf
Not rated
First Run Features

We Need to Talk About Kevin

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

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


An ostracized Roman general partners with an enemy to gain revenge.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes (FYNS), Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave
Written by: John Logan
Directed by: Ralph Fiennes
Weinstein Co.

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

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