Filmweek: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Terminator: Genisys,’ ‘Amy,’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Tim Cogshell review this week’s new film releases, including “Magic Mike XXL,” “Terminator: Genisys”, "Amy," and more. TGI-Filmweek!
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FilmWeek for November 6, 2009

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