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Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020)

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Critic Consensus: An intoxicating blend of documentary and fiction, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets surveys the bar-going life with a remarkably sober eye.

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Co-directors Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross's genre-bending docudrama focuses on a Las Vegas dive bar named 'The Roaring 20s' as it prepares to close its doors forever. Its longtime bartenders and patrons come together for one last night of alcohol-charged camaraderie, commemoration and consolation as they contemplate their place in a fracturing and downcast late-2016 America.

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Depicting the final day of a hangdog hangout called the Roaring 20's, located well off of the plastic fantastic glitz of the Las Vegas strip, the film makes you wonder if gentrification is even the right term for whatever is going on here.

August 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's only fitfully interesting. If you like the idea of listening to drunken losers opine belligerently and threaten to fight, sing, dance, and fall asleep, then have at it.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The most important thing is that it is genuinely great, a singular and moving glimpse of loneliness, community and finding the strength to face another day.

July 11, 2020 | Full Review…

As a film, it's warm and beautiful without being sentimental about the temporary intimacy that alcohol can provide, creating bonds that can dissolve in the daylightlike haze but are no less legitimate in the moment for it.

July 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It ends in regret and anger and confusion, but it's perversely beautiful.

July 10, 2020 | Full Review…
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It's a film comprised of snapshots, glimpses from a hazy evening. But the Ross Brothers understand that these are the moments that paint people in their best, most unguarded light.

July 10, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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