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    Herbs have the power to bring our bodies and minds into balance. That’s exactly why one Ohio woman created Wild Origins. Through it, she teaches hands-on how-tos through herbal workshops and online courses, plus sells her handmade herbal body care products around the world. Read on for all the all-natural details.

     

    Anika Zala started Wild Origins after battling a years-long bout of chronic stomach pain.

    Aniko Zala started on her path to being an herbalist after a years-long bout of chronic stomach pain. As she explains, “I was at the mercy of impersonal doctors and fruitless tests for a long time before someone suggested trying a peppermint tincture.” Just a few drops unexpectedly brought powerful relief for Zala.   

    After that she couldn’t stop studying how to use plants for health and balance. In 2015, she started more formal learning under local herbalist and ethnobotanist Dawn Combs. And in 2016, she launched Wild Origins.

    “I was ready to start sharing what I had been learning with others,” Zala says. “Learning about and incorporating herbs into my own life is empowering and has made me healthier and more balanced than I have even been. Wild Origins is a fun and fulfilling way for me to help other people do the same.” 

    Zala describes herself as an herbalist, teacher, and maker with an interest in the intersection between nature, self empowerment, and self care.  Wild Origins is how she can help others find the power that herbs have to bring our bodies and minds into balance.

    Zala teaches hands-on herbal workshops around Columbus and sells handmade herbal body care products.

    Through Wild Origins Zala teaches hands-on herbal workshops around Columbus and sells handmade herbal body care products. Her herbal body care products are focused on use for health, beauty, and ritual.  

    Her most popular products are ones that require you to slow down for some ritual self care, like the herbal body cream, the salt scrub, the face wash, the dream balm, and the rose+mugwort body oil.

    If you’re looking for ways to add self care and herbal treatments (especially as part of your New Year Resolutions or Intentions), Zala has some advice. She suggests starting with at least one plant or nature based self care ritual. 

    Adding, “use an herbal body oil for self massage. Or make yourself a relaxing and nourishing herbal tea to drink every evening (I love mixing lavender, rose, and lemon balm). Or be and breathe in nature – take a long walk in one of the metro parks at least once a week, no matter the temperature.  You can even buy an essential oil diffuser and turn it on every evening when you get home.” 

    Zala has in-person workshops and online courses you can take to learn her herbal tips and tricks. Workshops range in price from free to $35. Online courses are $89 per person, or a discounted rate of $160 for two people.

    You can keep up-to-date with all of Wild Origins and Aniko Zala’s workshops and products by visiting them online at www.mywildorigins.com and following along on Instagram at @wildorigins

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    Learn about the brand new salon in OTR, offering blowouts, men's grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling and bridal beauty.

     

    AV Beauty Bar recently opened its doors in OTR and offers blowouts, men’s grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling, and bridal beauty.

    A love for the beauty industry and OTR is what brought AV Beauty Bar (AVBB) to life. Officially opened for business last week, they offer blowouts, men’s grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling and bridal beauty.

    Ariane Victoria — the visionary, stylist owner behind AVBB — having older sisters (and access to their beauty products and clothes) is what began her love for making people feel beautiful. “By the time I was in college,” Victoria explains, “I was managing a celebrity-owned salon by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy full time, and working as a freelance beauty and wardrobe stylist. The rest is history.”

    Victoria says after she moved back to Cincinnati in 2015, she started her business in Over-The-Rhine after seeing all the growth in the area. Victoria says her favorite thing about the beauty industry is that it’s always evolving with something. That, she says, is exactly what she’s bringing to OTR with AVBB.

    While they focus on traditional salon offers such as haircuts, colors and blowouts, there are a few extracurriculars that the salon offers. “We specialize in airbrush makeup application and airbrush tanning as well,” says Victoria. “We also offer eyebrow threading and waxing. We also do wardrobe styling for commercial and personal clientele along with closet organization.”

    AVBB also offers wardrobe styling services. “I have been working doing hair, makeup and wardrobe in Chicago, NYC, Nashville and L.A and I wanted to bring that training and experience back to Cincinnati and offer it to the general public,” Victoria explains. “I think our clientele come in for the quality of service we offer and for the overall energy of our space. We work really hard to make sure the Beauty Bar feels clean, calm and welcoming.”

    They didn’t forget about the men, either. “We offer a men’s grooming service which includes a shampoo, cut and style and facial skincare,” Victoria says. “A men’s cut is $30.”

    In addition, AVBB offers a specialized bridal and on-location division of the salon, which Victoria says is not only great for weddings, but also girls nights, school dances, or just for the experience.

    The salon is located in Over The Rhine at 1408 Elm Street. For bookings and more information about AV Beauty Bar, visit http://www.avbeautybar.com.

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    See how a local company can help you, your family, or your business facilitate growth and find success.

     

    When Life Success Seminars (LSS) closed its doors earlier this year, Kim Myers, Seth Howard, and Michelle Vondrell knew its message was too important to stop all together. As past contractors to the LSS facilitation team, the trio started a new and improved version with its legacy company called Catapult. 

    The purpose of the company is to help people learn how to develop better relationships, enjoy increased confidence, and lead happier and more successful lives. Catapult’s tagline says it all: Breaking through the boundaries of self.

    “We all have things that hold us back from things like great communication and critical conversations, so the mission is allowing people to live the life they want to live,” says co-founder Vondrell. “Sometimes people just need a little launch to a new area in their life. You can’t be stuck long if you’re in a catapult.”

    In order to help clients reach these goals, Catapult offers various seminars to teach these life skills. Currently, they are offering a seminar called Intentional Living for previous graduates of LSS. They are also offering Launch, a flagship workshop available to the public. Dates for this workshop are to be announced and will appear on the company’s Facebook page.

    As an extension of LSS, Catapult took all of its basic principles and added its own enhancements. “We’ve stuck with the core principles of what was being taught at Life Success because it was so effective,” says Howard. “We’ve modernized and restructured to make it newer and fresh.”

    Vondrell adds that Catapult takes all the components about trust, circle of influence, forgiveness, personal responsibility, etc. that LSS was teaching but now takes it a step further. “We took all of those things and added the influence of a client’s family dynamic and how that could affect his or her decision-making,” she explains.

    The founders are actively addressing this idea of family dynamic, a concept called family-of-origin. “A big part of this is dealing with stuff that has held you back in the past. We all get stuck from time to time, we all have life experiences that can bring baggage into our relationships without realizing it,” Howard says. “A big part of what we’re working on is identifying those triggers and then figuring out how could we can react a different way.”

    Catapult is now offering both off-site and on-site workshops. “We go into companies ourselves, or a lot of times people send employees to our seminars,” says Vondrell.

    The company is located at Unlimited Training Center 7870 E. Kemper Rd. in suite 100. For more information, visit the company’s Facebook page.

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    These are the survivors of the fashion world. Learn how one local lady is turning antiques and gemstones into stylish accessories.

     

    Spoons and Such, run by Hannah Thees, uses antique flatware to create unique jewelry.

    Spoons & Such is a jewelry company run by one Hannah Thees. By using antique flatware, sterling silver, and precious gemstones including turquoise, jasper, moonstone, and opal, Thees is able to create her one-of-a-kind pieces. She believes her work is a fresh, timeless take on the traditional spoon jewelry.

    Thees says the name Spoons & Such comes from the fact that when she first started making jewelry, she was working primarily with antique silverware such as spoons, forks, and knifes.

    “The first piece I made was a spoon ring for my mom (and she still wears it!). I wanted to create a name that fit with the materials I was using but also gave me room to grow and expand, hence the ‘& Such,’” she explains. “I am very thankful now for that ‘& Such’ because my work has grown from just a simple spoon ring to much more.”

    But how did she originally start working with jewelry? Believe it or not, Thees actually attended Columbus College of Art and Design for illustration. It wasn’t until her final semester of her final year that she discovered her true passion when she took a jewelry class.

    “From the moment I sat down that first day of class I knew jewelry was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was the first class ever, where stayed late to work on projects, and it was the first class where I pulled an all-nighter to work on piece,” Thees recalls. “It was the first class that made me excited about what I was doing and I didn’t ever want to stop creating.”

    Fast forward a few years later and she is still living her dream. Thees is creating and selling pieces she loves, and that are constantly changing. Spoons & Such doesn’t necessarily have “collections” but always has new pieces coming out which is why Thees believes her customers keep coming back for more: her ever-changing style. Inspiration is everywhere, but Thees specifically recalls last year when she embarked on a trip to Tucson, Arizona, which ended up inspiring a lot of her pieces.

    “I would have to say that my trip to Tucson, Arizona in 2016 had a huge influence on style,” she says. “I just fell in love with the southwest and all the designs and colors that are used in Native American jewelry. I really wanted to bring that feeling into my work while still using antique flatware and recycled materials.”

    Hannah Thees, Creator behind Spoons and Such

    Spoons & Such can be found a variety of ways including Etsy, Instagram, and Thees’ personal favorite: art shows. Thees says it’s really important for her to be able to travel, not only to get inspiration, but also because she loves meeting her customers face-to-face and talking, as it makes her personal experience that much more special and fulfilling.

    “Spoons & Such is unique because it’s not something you find everywhere. It’s spoon jewelry re-invented, it’s gemstone jewelry but with an added twist, and it’s not just what’s on trend now, it’s quality jewelry that is timeless,” Thees says. “If you’re looking for something you won’t find anywhere else, something that your friends and family will compliment on, and something that makes you feel and look good, then check us out! You won’t regret it.”

    To shop and find more information on Spoons & Such, check out her Esty shop and Facebook page.

     

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    A local reproductive health facility now has a state-of-the-art facility and ranks in the upper 10 percent in the United States. Keep reading to learn more.

     

    The Institute for Reproductive Health helps patients dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss.

    Has your family been struggling with infertility? The Greater Cincinnati-based Institute for Reproductive Health may be able to help.

    With its main office located in Norwood, and satellite locations in West Chester and Florence, Kentucky, they have several locations with a variety of experts helping patients dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss.

    “Most of our patients have not been able to get pregnant or have not been able to hold on to pregnancy. Some of those patients have a child, but many of them have never had a child,” Sherif Awadalla, Medical Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health. “We get some patients that are early on in treatment, but we get patients who had extensive prior failed treatments. It’s a variety of different kinds of people that we work with.”

    The passion for the project came years ago when the institute was still hospital-based. “A lot of the hospitals are focused on cardiology and orthopedics. We found that being hospital-based was full of distraction because things were geared up more towards bigger procedures,” Awadalla recalls. “We thought that the hospital model did not work out really well for them.”

    The Institute for Reproductive Health went from a unified facility in a hospital, to moving into its own building, and to now being in several locations across the Tri-State. “Our goal was to bring in the doctors, nurses, lab people, etc.,” Awadalla says. “It was kind of like an A to Z infertility treatment center, so we can concentrate on one thing.”

    The Institute for Reproductive Health now has a new building for its main office in Norwood, and Awadalla says they now truly have a state of the art facility for their patients. “We just wanted to build a center that could do an excellent job at treating couples with infertility,” he adds. “We really are trying to be as efficient as possible and help them to get pregnant as quickly as possible.”

    The institute has been in business for about 22 years, and offers variety of services, such as: ovulation medication, Artificial Insemination, Invetro Fertilization, Frozen Embryo Transfers, Sperm Donation, and Egg Donation.

    Awadalla’s favorite part of working at the Institute for Reproductive Health is helping people who have had a complicated history and never succeeded with getting pregnant. “We get people who have had very complex prior failed treatment. Those cases are really, very rewarding,” he says. “The patients have worked so hard for so long, and then finally they’re able to have a child.”

    Sherif Awadalla, Medical Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health

    Awadalla loves coming to work everyday because it is interesting and there’s never a dull moment. “Everyday is a new journey we take with each couple. You know, it’s not over until it’s over,” he says. At the institute, there is always something going on. “It’s challenging and it’s stressful because we know it’s a big deal for the couples and we’re in it for them too,” Awadalla says. “It ends up being a lot of pressure on yourself.”

    The Institute for Reproductive Health is unique because “We’re in the upper 10 percent in the United States, and extensive experience with it,” he says. The people working at the facility have broad experience in this field. “We’re also bringing in new people, so we can train them to continue on,” Awadalla says.

    To learn more about the Institute for Reproductive Health, call 513-924-5560 or visit their website. Also, if you want to keep up with what the institute is doing, check out their Facebook page.

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    Learn about a creative choral community for a cause, that melodically blends music, entertainment and fundraising.

     

    Fluidity performs at events that benefit various social causes.

    Fluidity, a Creative Choral Community for a Cause, combines beautiful music with philanthropy by performing at events benefitting various social causes. Fluidity is not just a choral group but “creative doers supporting the needs in our community” by holding event-concerts fundraisers to benefit partner non-profit organizations, says artistic director and founder Rhonda Juliano.

    Fluidity is not Juliano’s first foray into using a chorus for social causes; in 2002, she founded Diverse Harmony in Seattle, a choir for LGTBQ youth. Officially founded in October 2016, Fluidity was inspired by Juliano’s love of community and doing good for others. “I like to put tangible meaning behind what we sing,” Juliano explains. “Introducing non-profits that support our community is a win/win as we can help promote, support and introduce these organizations to members of a larger community by involving others in a social event.”

    Fluidity starts its process by selecting a nonprofit, picking music that matches the nonprofit’s theme, then build an enlightening and supporting concert event that includes education about the nonprofit’s mission, drinks, and dinner. “What a great way to promote and support one another!” Juliano says. “Joining an event with a themed concert is a unique and meaningful way to pay it forward, while making a real difference.”

    Although Fluidity has only been around less than a year, it’s already busy and well-staffed. “We currently have 34 singers, an accompanist, an event director, a social media director and myself,” Juliano says. Fluidity is “fluid in song, community and voice parts,” meaning that Fluidity avoids stereotypes in assigning voice parts. “We have females singing tenor and a female identified individual singing bass.”

    Fluidity recently wrapped up an event at the Cincinnati Zoo, benefitting Groundworks Cincinnati-Mill Creek, a nonprofit that works to restore natural waterways and the environment for clean drinking water and wildlife. Their full season is already planned, and upcoming events include one supporting CircleTail, a nonprofit that trains guide dogs at no charge, and Upspring, a nonprofit that supports homeless kids with academic support in tutoring, camps, and more.

    Juliano hopes that Fluidity will “grow and become well known in our community as an excellent choral group that does good for our community.  We want to be recognized by name and have people think of us as an awesome organization that loves to pay it forward!” she says, “It’s about the music making and giving back that’s important to us as an organization.”

    To learn more, visit http://fluiditycccc.org/.

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    A group of local creative entrepreneurs is breathing life into Cincinnati’s music, arts, and culture scene. Read on for the breath-taking details.

     

    Cincy Chic: What is INHAILER?
    Ray Ball, Director of Marketing and PR: INHAILER is a collective of creative entrepreneurs working together to build a community broadcast platform designed for social activation.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired INHAILER?
    Ball: Coran, the founder, wanted to fill a void with WNKU leaving and wanted to ensure that the community was still able to have access to a broadcast channel that is community operated and funded.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Ball: The man with the plan is Coran Stetter (he’s also the frontman of the band MultiMagic). The INHAILER team is small but mighty. Followed by Taylor Fox the Broadcast Manager, Steph Ress the Creative Director, and Ray Ball as the Director of Marketing and PR. We produce several shows that air throughout the day and a great technical team.

    Cincy Chic: When did INHAILER launch?
    Ball: We soft launched May 25 when we opened our doors to the public for a fun filled party with live music (Aziza Love, Psycho, and pizza from Goodfellas). We officially launched our website on June 12, which features our monthly featured artists, write-ups about recent events, and the crown jewel, our 24/7 broadcast station!

    Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about INHAILER?
    Ball: INHAILER is here to save the culture. Our secondary tagline is people, purpose, passion, and that’s exactly what we aim to do. INHAILER is a saving grace that came about during one of Coran’s toughest times in his life. Out of chaos comes change. We’ve enjoyed all the love, acceptance, and willingness to help that we’ve received from the community.

    Cincy Chic: What makes INHAILER unique?
    Ball: It’s home grown. INHAILER won’t be covering a ton of “big names,” we’ll be focusing on the DIY music scene, whether it’s rock bands, indie music, hip hop, or street art. The goal is to support the local artisans and community that supports us!

    Cincy Chic: What’s on the horizon for INHAILER in 2017?
    Ball: We have several projects in the works:

    1. Final Friday events (either in-house at HQ or local venues)
    2. Launching our street team (folks who love supporting the culture and want to be a part of a team)
    3. Low-cost ad spots on INHAILER radio to tie local businesses to a new, yet supportive audience

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about INHAILER and follow along?
    Ball: They can sign up to be a member on our website and follow us for updates on our shows or events on our Facebook page. Lastly, continue to help us breathe new life into Cincinnati’s music, arts, and culture scene! #BeINHAILER

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    Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha recently won the Cincinnati Art Museum’s coveted Schiele Prize. Learn about this up-and-coming artist and how you can see her light-based installation now on view.

     

    Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965), All the Flowers Are for Me (Red), laser-cut lacquered steel and lightbulb, 60x60x60 in, Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art, 2017.7

    Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been named the recipient of Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize. This prize honors the legacy of Marjorie Schiele, a Cincinnati artist whose generous bequest of the Hanke-Schiele Fund makes this award possible.

    Agha’s All the Flowers are for Me (Red) is the first purchase with the museum’s new Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art.

    The museum’s recent acquisition is a five-foot laser-cut steel cube displayed suspended from the ceiling and lit from within. Light emanates from the red lacquered cube, enveloping the gallery in intricate shadows that ripple and change as visitors move through the space.

    Inspired by Islamic architectural forms, the geometric and floral patterns cast upon the walls, floor and ceiling create an immersive experience.

    “Anila Quayyum Agha’s artworks create interactive environments imbued with beauty and textured meaning. Her works are both contemplative and exhilarating to behold,” said Ainsley Cameron, Cincinnati Art Museum’s new Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art & Antiquities. “All the Flowers are for Me (Red) reflects the museum’s mission to support our community by inviting all people to come together and participate in this shared gallery experience.”

    Cameron Kitchin, the Cincinnati Art Museum Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director, said: “We are honored to present Anila Agha the Schiele Prize for her dedication to creating culturally-relevant, conversation-starting art. The Hanke-Schiele Fund has allowed us to give special recognition to one of the most captivating working artists today. In addition, through the generosity of the Bimel family, we have the privilege of adding this visually stunning work to our permanent collection and displaying it for the entire community to view.”

    Agha’s light-based installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 20 solo shows and 50 group shows. She currently resides and works out of Indianapolis.

    Born in Pakistan in 1965, Agha moved to the United States in 1999 and, in 2004, completed her MFA in fiber arts at the University of North Texas. In 2008, she moved to Indianapolis to take up a professorship at the Herron School of Art & Design/ IUPUI.

    Agha began experimenting with large-scale installation works in 2010, and in 2012 received a New Frontiers Research and Travel Grant from Indiana University. Her travels inspired a profound shift in her artistic practice. In 2013, Agha created Intersections—her first laser-cut steel work—to explore the design of the Alhambra Palace through abstraction and transmitted light. Intersections was awarded the Public Vote Grand Prize and split the Juried Grand Prize at the 2014 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, MI.

    The exhibition is free to the public from June 17–October 15. Photography is encouraged. On social media use #anilaincincy #anilaquayyumagha.

    The museum will celebrate the exhibition’s final days during Cincinnati’s BLINK celebration, an experience of light, street art, murals and live performance spread across 20 blocks of downtown Cincinnati from the Banks to Findlay Market, October 12–15.

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    Scarlett Johannson and company turn up the funny in the ensemble comedy Rough Night. Click to see what our movie critic has to say.

     

    “The untold story of Destiny’s stepchildren is a tragic one, indeed …” Alice (Jillian Bell, second from left in blue dress) takes center stage while her best friends Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer) strut their stuff in a scene from ROUGH NIGHT. Credit: Macall Polay © 2016 CTMG Inc. All rights reserved.  
     

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    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Illena Glazer, Paul W. Downs, Ryan Cooper, Dean Winters, Enrique Muriano, Colton Haynes, Bo Burnham, Demi Moore and Ty Burrell 

    WRITER(S): Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs

    DIRECTOR(S): Lucia Aniello

    WEB SITE: http://www.roughnightmovie.com/site/HERE’S THE STORY: Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glaser) and Blair (Zoë Kravitz) were the best of friends in college. But now, they’re grown up and dealing with their own problems which is why Jess’ upcoming marriage to Peter (Paul W. Downs) are a perfect opportunity for the four of them to reunite and blow off some steam down in Miami. After all, Frankie is an unemployed activist, Blair is going through a rough patch of her own and Alice is, well Alice seems to enjoy her job as an elementary school teacher.

    So, once the foursome meets up Jess’ other best friend, peppy Australian Pippa (played with Kate McKinnon with the right amount of authenticity and audacity), the group looks to have the makings of a perfect weekend. 

    Then the stripper (Ryan Cooper) Blair hires shows up … and there’s an incident. (If you watch the trailer, you’ll know what it is.) What follows is more than enough to live up to the movie’s title – and the new champion of the craziest comedy of 2017 thus far. 

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Anyone who liked the movie Bridesmaids; fans of Broad City; Kate McKinnon fans

    WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People who will be uncomfortable with the lesbian subject matter; those who hate watching women behave badly; 

    SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? Women can be and are funny. If you are still having that dumb debate in your head and/or stuck on all the controversy with Kathy Griffin or Amy Schumer, hopefully you will get your mind right and stop having that idiotic notion run through your head.And if that doesn’t do, how about this – Rough Night is the funniest female ensemble cast movie since Bridesmaids (if not more so) and possibly the best comedy (thus far) of 2017. 

    Rough Night hits all the beats one needs to hit in modern comedy: the characters are not one-dimensional, they play the wacky moments as if they were serious moments and play off each other perfectly. Likewise, the jokes are sharp, exploits each characters’ foibles expertly and the inherent silliness forces you to become vested in the story and its outcome. 

    The thing that separates the film from the pack, however, is the clever nature of the writing combined with the snappy, fully committed timing of the cast. Throw in the slight role reversal shown by Downs (who co-wrote the script with director Lucia Aniello) and his male counterparts – to say more would put a damper on watching the performance – and the film is as sharp a comedy to release this year. McKinnon, in keeping up with her usual track record, steals the show (this time by playing things more straight – no pun intended – than usual) while Bell shows she can be less in-your-face with a character that is more human than her recent work. Johannson might be the biggest winner, however, for the woman who has convincingly played both strong, sexy super heroes and enigmas proves her comedic chops as a normal, stressed out person just trying to live her life. 


    If you and your friends are looking for a good way to enjoy living your lives together, seeing Rough Night is a great way to guarantee avoiding one. 

    OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

     
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