FilmWeek: ‘The Nice Guys,’ ‘Neighbors 2' and more, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the new 'Weiner' documentary

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major, Christy Lemire, and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases including “The Nice Guys,” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” "Weiner" and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
"The Nice Guys" - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

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