all about nina review

Movies about comedians are usually a gamble. Often they’re too self-indulgent, or mawkish, or overly mean-spirited. Rarely do they balance the high drama of comedians’ inherent insecurities and the, you know, comedy. But the few that do succeed because they strike a personal chord — one that mirrors the self-deprecating performance and painfully real revelations of a good stand-up set.

All About Nina is as personal as you can get. Written and directed by Eva VivesAll About Nina is a searing, semi-autobiographical portrait of a troubled young woman trying to make her big break in the comedy scene. Played with an intoxicating swagger by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Nina is an abrasive stand-up comedian who never shies away from provoking people on and off-stage, but hides a dark past of her own.

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The last time we talked about Ice Cube he wanted to go back to his roots by making Chrome and Paint, an R-rated story set in the custom car culture of South Central LA. He still wants to direct the film as well as star in it — this would be his first dramatic directorial project in more than a decade — and now he’s got a studio ready to finance and distribute it. But because that studio is Disney, and so a few things are likely to change. Read More »