FilmWeek: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ and more, plus the director of 'Holy Hell' describes the cult life

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Andy Klein review this weekend’s new movie releases including “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and much more Then, filmmaker Will Allen shares his experience as a member of The Buddhafield. TGI-FilmWeek!
Disney's 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' Premiere

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