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All About Nina

New Yorker Nina is a stand-up comic with a blunt repertoire.  Her material is R-rated in a competitive way;  as if she’s trying to out-disgust other comedians at the open mic.  The truth, however, is her jokes are stale.  They’re not worthless, but Nina’s routine is on autopilot.  However, it’s what she has to do to survive in a world dominated by daunting masculinity and crass jokes.

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Antidote

An adventure is difficult to endure when it’s lacking thrills or fun.  A film made by unenthused people is hard for an audience member to get wrapped up in.  Antidote, a supernatural thriller starring mixed martial arts powerhouse Randy Couture, is an example of both unsavoury moviegoing situations.

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The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built has a lot to unpack, so thank goodness it’s two-and-a-half hours.  Movie goers can compain about long runtimes but if this movie gave us anything shorter, the film would feel cut off at the knees – a fitting analogy for a viscerally grotesque feature.

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Funny Tweets

Twitter has been featured in movies, but Laurie McGuinness’ Funny Tweets is allegedly the first film about Twitter, an open forum that allows users to connect to the world through condensed text.  The film reminds its viewers that it’s “not affiliated with or sponsored by” the social media platform but, hey, they could’ve fooled me.  The documentary is overflowing with gratitude expressed by comedians and writers who sing the Twittersphere gospel.

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Border

A modern day fantasy has been in order, and Border could be the answer – for now.  Co-writer/director Ali Abbasi provides audiences with a cogent story that doubles as an allegory on minorities and treats its fantastical characters humanely.  It’s what Bright aspired to be.