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FilmWeek (1/27/12): The Grey, Man on a Ledge, Margaret, Norwegian Wood and more

KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Henry Sheehan join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including The Grey, Man on a Ledge, Margaret, Norwegian Wood and more. Plus, KPCC film critic Peter Rainer gives us his take on the Sundance Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!


Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine

Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor

Films Reviewed:

The Grey

After a plane crash in Alaska, a group of oil workers must struggle to survive.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo and Dallas Roberts
Written by: Joe Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
Open Road Films

Man on a Ledge

A police negotiator tries to talk a former cop off a ledge.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Anthony Mackie
Written by: Pablo F. Fenjves
Directed by: Asger Leth
Summit Entertainment

Norwegian Wood

A man looks back on two relationships he had as a 1960s university student.

Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Ken'ichi Matsuyama and Kiko Mizuhara
Written and directed by: Tran Ahn Hung
Not rated
Red Flag Releasing

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Declaration of War

A couple discover their newborn child is seriously ill.

Starring: Valerie Donzelli (DUN-zel-ee)and Jeremie Elkaim
Written by: Valerie Donzelli, Jeremie Elkaim and Sebastien Buchmann
Directed by: Valerie Donzelli
Not rated
Sundance Selects

Lula, Son of Brazil

A biopic of the 35th president of Brazil.

Starring: Rui Ricardo Dia, Gloria Pires and Cleo Pires
Written by: Daniel Tendler, Denise Parana and Fernando Bonassi
Directed by: Fabio Barreto
Not rated
New Yorker Films

In Portuguese with English subtitles.

All's Well, Ends Well

Men use a website that allows them to connect with women who need help.

Starring: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo and Chapman To
Written by: Chan Hing Kai and Miu Ho
Directed by: Chan Hing Kai and Janet Chun
Not rated
China Lion

In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles.

Film Socialisme

A multi-part story about different characters on holiday in Europe.

Starring: Jean-Marc Stehlé, Agatha Couture
Written and directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Not rated
Kino Lorber Films


A teenage girl deals with guilt after a deadly traffic accident.

Starring: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno and Jeannie Berlin
Written and directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
Fox Searchlight Pictures


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

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