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FilmWeek: ‘Escape Room,’ ‘Communion,’ ‘The Vanishing’ and more




Jay Ellis, Taylor Russell, Nick Dodani, Deborah Ann Woll and Logan Miller star in Sony Pictures' ESCAPE ROOM.
Jay Ellis, Taylor Russell, Nick Dodani, Deborah Ann Woll and Logan Miller star in Sony Pictures' ESCAPE ROOM.
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Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson and Wade Major review this weekend’s new movie releases.

CRITICS' HITS:

Amy: "Escape Room" & "The Distant Barking of Dogs"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dSKUoV0SNI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dsnRsybtXM

Wade: "Communion"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daNmTaJc6sw

MIXED FEELINGS

Amy: "The Vanishing"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyFlfN4dD14

Wade: "American Hangman"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jhMTs7RDxg

MISSES

Amy: "State Like Sleep"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwzwmc2AZYg&t=

Wade: "Mojin: The Worm Valley"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgmj92dAyoQ

Guests:

Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC, film writer for The Guardian and host of the podcasts ‘The Canon’ and ‘Unspooled’; she tweets @TheAmyNicholson

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and CineGods.com