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FilmWeek (2/3/12): Big Miracle, Chronicle, The Woman in Black, The Innkeepers and more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Wade Major join Larry to review the week’s new film releases, including Big Miracle, Chronicle, The Woman in Black, The Innkeepers and more. Also, we’ll have our film critic Peter Rainer calling in to give us an update from the Santa Barbara Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!


Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor, currently at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Films Reviewed:

Big Miracle

During the Cold War, a reporter and environmentalist try to save whales.

Starring: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell and Dermot Mulroney
Written by: Jack Amiel and Michael Begler
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Universal Pictures


High school students develop strange powers.

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan
Written by: Max Landis
Directed by: Joshua Trank
20th Century Fox

The Woman in Black

A lawyer travels to a remote village with a supernatural secret.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Liz White
Written by: Jane Goldman
Directed by: James Watkins
CBS Films

The Innkeepers

Amateur ghost hunters try to prove a hotel is haunted.

Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Alison Bartlett
Written and directed by: Ti West
Magnet Releasing

Kill List

A former hit man tries to get back in the game.

Starring: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley and MyAnna Buring
Written by: Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Not rated
IFC Midnight

King of Devil's Island

A new inmate at a boys correctional facility starts an uprising.

Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Kristoffer Joner and Benjamin Helstad
Written by: Dennis Magnusson
Directed by: Marius Holst
Not rated
Film Movement

In Norwegian with English subtitles.

Crazy Horse

A look at the famous cabaret club in Paris.

Starring: Philippe Decouflé, Daizy Blu and Philippe Katerine
Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Not rated
Zipporah Films

In English and French with English subtitles.


Thunder Soul

Starring: Craig Baldwin, Jamie Foxx and Craig Green
Directed by: Mark Landsman

Frisco Kid

Starring: James Cagney
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon


Starring: James Cagney
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth