FilmWeek: ‘Ice Age: Collision Course,’ ‘Lights Out,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond' and more, plus an inside look at the psychology behind immersive horror

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Charles Solomon, and Wade Major review this week’s new movie releases including “Ice Age: Collision Course” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Lights Out,” “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” and more. We'll also talk with filmmaker Rich Fox and fear sociologist Margee Kerr about the psychological attraction to fear and consensual trauma. TGI-FilmWeek!
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