Filmweek: ‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,’ ‘Vacation,’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Wade Major, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new releases including “Mission: Impossible,” “Vacation,” “Best of Enemies,” “Listen to Me Marlon,” and more. TGI-Filmweek!
Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Vacation" - Red Carpet

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