FilmWeek: ‘Creed,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ ‘The Danish Girl’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Charles Solomon, and Justin Chang review this week’s new movie releases “Creed,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “The Danish Girl” and more. Plus, we speak to Oscar-nominated actor and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh about his theater company’s production of “The Winter’s Tale.” TGI-a-Thanksgiving-edition-of-Filmweek!
Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Creed" - Arrivals

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