FilmWeek: Reviews of this week's newest releases & the producers of 'Winter on Fire' and 'Amy' discuss filmmaking

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson and Justin Chang review this week’s new movie releases including “Hail, Caesar!,” “Rams,” “The Choice” and more. We'll also hear from the producers of Oscar-nominated films "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom" and "Amy." TGI-FilmWeek!
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