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FilmWeek: ‘Vice,’ ‘Aquaman,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ and more

Christian Bale (left) as Dick Cheney and Sam Rockwell (right) as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s VICE, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Matt Kennedy / Annapurna Pictures
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Christian Bale (left) as Dick Cheney and Sam Rockwell (right) as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s VICE, an Annapurna Pictures release.

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Lael Loewenstein and Tim Cogshell review this weekend’s new movie releases.

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Lael Loewenstein and Tim Cogshell review this weekend’s new movie releases.

  • "Vice" in wide release (releases on Tuesday December 25)
    • John Horn interviewed Vice's director Adam McKay earlier this week on The Frame, which you can listen to here
  • "Aquaman" in wide release 
  • "On the Basis of Sex" at the ArcLight Hollywood & the Landmark Theatre (releases on Tuesday December 25)
    • The Frame host John Horn interviewed Mimi Leder, the director of "On the Basis of Sex", earlier this week. You can listen to that interview here
  • "Bumblebee" in wide release
  • "Cold War" at Laemmle's Royal Theatre 
  • "Destroyer" at the ArcLight Hollywood (releases on Monday December 24)
  • "Welcome to Marwen" in wide release
    • Steve Carell, the star of "Welcome to Marwen" was interviewed by  John Horn earlier this week about his role in the film. You can listen to that interview here
  • "All is True" at Laemmle's Monica Film Center
  • "Holmes and Watson" in wide release (releases on Tuesday December 25)
  • "Second Act" in wide release
  • "Swing Kids" at CGV Cinemas La & CGV Cinemas Buena Park
  • "Between Worlds" at Arena Cinelounge Sunset
  • "American Renegades" at Arena Cinelounge Sunset
  • "Fiddler On the Roof" in select theaters (check local listings) (releases Monday December 24)

CRITICS' HITS:

Tim: 'Bumblebee,' 'All is True,' & 'Fiddler On the Roof'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcwmDAYt22k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I5cKmiONDI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QegNUOg2ajE

Lael: 'Vice,' & 'On the Basis of Sex'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g09a9laLh0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28dHbIR_NB4

Amy: 'Cold War' & 'Destroyer'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ImvkXgGVWw

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

MIXED FEELINGS:

Tim: 'Swing Kids' & 'American Renegades'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvWX6TvxyKU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cupfyov-HsM

Amy: 'Welcome to Marwen' & 'Second Act'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6dy7xQ8NeE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsVo5necW6Q

MISSES:

Amy: 'Aquaman'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDkg3h8PCVU

Lael: 'Between Worlds'

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

Guests:

Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC, film writer for The Guardian and host of the podcasts ‘

’ and ‘Unspooled’; she tweets

Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic; she tweets

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com; he tweets

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