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FilmWeek FOR January 12, 2018

FilmWeek: ‘The Commuter,’ ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘Proud Mary,’ and a conversation on historical dramas

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Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Justin Chang, and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases. We also discuss the level of responsibility filmmakers have when portraying historical events. See full episode >
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