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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Film Review: THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE

Film Review: THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE

WDCB’s Gary Zidek reviews the new film, THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE.

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Thirty-three year old filmmaker Riley Stearns explores themes of muscularity and loneliness in his new movie, THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE. It stars Jessie Eisenberg as Casey Davies a meek accountant who begins taking a karate class after being viciously attacked by a motorcycle gang one night. 

Jesse Eisenberg (left) as ‘Casey’ and Alessandro Nivola (right) as 'Sensei' in THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE

Jesse Eisenberg (left) as ‘Casey’ and Alessandro Nivola (right) as 'Sensei' in THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE

THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE has a FIGHT CLUB vibe. Turns out the mysterious dojo operated by the ultra-macho “sensei” isn’t what it appears to be. The movie’s dark, absurdist tone might turn off some viewers. But there are some funny moments.

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Gary gives THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE 3*** out of 4 stars.

It’s playing in theaters nationwide.

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