FilmWeek: ‘The Huntsman’ sequel, ‘Elvis & Nixon,’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Peter Rainer and Lael Loewenstein review this week’s new movie releases including “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” “A Hologram for the King,” “Elvis & Nixon” and more. Plus, we'll speak with The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday about the challenges of writing fair critiqes. TGI-FilmWeek!
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