ALL ABOUT NINA — Review by Nikki Baughan

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An electric turn from Mary Elizabeth Winstead pulses through this striking feature debut from short filmmaker Eva Vives, which effectively shines a light on issues of honesty, identity and equality through the story of a stand-up comedian transplanted from cacophonous New York to the more introspective LA. While the character’s resulting journey of self-discovery may follow familiar lines, it is bracing nevertheless.

Winstead plays the titular Nina, a stand-up comedian scratching a living in NYC. On stage, she is brilliant; blazingly feminist, graphic and forthright about everything from periods to sex and her routine has brought her to the attention of celebrated Saturday Night Live-esque LA TV institution ‘Comedy Prime’.

Winstead is so strong here that her co-stars can’t help but pale slightly in comparison. Continue reading.

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.