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The Art of Self-Defense

Rated R 104 min. 2019

The film centers on Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

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Director: Riley Stearns

Writer: Riley Stearns

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots and Alessandro Nivola

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