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FilmWeek (6/29/12): The Amazing Spider-Man, Magic Mike, Ted, People Like Us, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Neil Young Journeys and more

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Peter Rainer and Henry Sheehan to discuss the week’s new films, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Magic Mike, Ted, People Like Us, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Neil Young Journeys and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor

Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man

Trailer for Magic Mike

Trailer for Ted (Warning: Explicit Content)

Trailer for People Like Us

Trailer for Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Trailer for The Last Ride

Trailer for Unforgivable

Trailer for Neil Young Journeys

Films Reviewed:

The Amazing Spider-Man

Peter Parker finds a clue that might answer why his parents disappeared.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans
Written by: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves
Directed by: Marc Webb
Columbia Pictures

Magic Mike

A male stripper takes a young dancer under his wing.

Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Olivia Munn
Written by: Reid Carolin
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Warner Bros. Pictures


A childhood wish results in a grown man’s best friend being a talking teddy bear.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi and Joel McHale
Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Universal Pictures


An author suffers writer’s block after marrying his real estate agent.

Starring: Andre Dussollier, Carole Bouquet and Melanie Thierry
Written and directed by: Andre Techine
Not rated
Strand Releasing

In French with English subtitles.

People Like Us

When his father dies, a man learns he has an older sister he never knew.

Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer
Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman

Beasts of the Southern Wild

A young girl faces adversity in an isolated Southern bayou town/

Starring: Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry
Written by: Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Directed by: Benh Zeitlin
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Turn Me On, Dammit

A teenage girl deals with her raging hormones in a small town.

Starring: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjorhovde and Henriette Steenstrup
Written and directed by: Jannicke Systad Jacobson
Not rated
New Yorker Films

Neil Young Journeys

Young’s road trip from his hometown to the closing night of his tour in Toronto.

Starring: Neil Young
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Sony Pictures Classics

The Matchmaker

In 1968 Israel a teenage boy falls for his friend’s cousin.

Starring: Adir Miller, Maya Dagan and Tuval Shafir
Written and directed by: Avi Nesher
Not rated
Manemsha Films

In Hebrew with English subtitles