The Art of Self-Defense

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After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.

Saturday, August 17: 8:30pm
Sunday, August 18: 4:30pm
Thursday, August 22: 8:30pm
Friday, August 23: 6:00pm
Saturday, August 24: 6:00pm
Sunday, August 25: 2:15pm
Thursday, August 29: 6:00pm

“The greatest pleasure is watching Eisenberg slip into his textbook transformation from bullied to bully. It’s what gave “The Social Network” its gravitas and its what gives “The Art of Self Defense” its own unique style.” …Full Review

“The result is a film both hilarious and almost malevolent — think Buster Keaton starring in Fight Club.” …Full Review

“Dark, sinister, and disarmingly hilarious… …this singular black comedy balances off-kilter humor with an unexpectedly thriller-esque undercurrent, to the extent that audiences will find it tough to anticipate either the jokes or the dark, “Fight Club”-like turn things eventually take — all to strikingly original effect.” …Full Review

104 minutes / R
$7 Adult, $6 Child/Student/Senior

August 22 2019


Date: August 22, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Recurring: See other dates & times
Cost: $6 – $7
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Riviera Theatre Auditorium

50 N. Main St.
Three Rivers, MI 49093 United States

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