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Abbi Jacobson

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IT’S BEEN SAID THAT COMEDY IS HARDER THAN DRAMA, WHICH HELPS explain why so many comedians, from Steve Martin to Kristen Wiig, have aced dramatic roles. With the indie film 6 Balloons, now on Netflix, you can add Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson to the list. First-time director Marja-Lewis Ryan’s merciless look at the cost of enabling someone you love stars Jacobson as Katie, a young woman desperate to keep her backsliding addict brother Seth (Dave Franco) from relapsing again. “It was a challenge to internalize all the emotions Katie has bottled up,” says Jacobson, who gives a revelatory performance, conveying years of entrenched anxiety, often with just body language.

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SIX MORE YEARS It was close to midnight on March 18th and a triumphant Vladimir Putin stood at a podium at his campaign headquarters near Red Square. Dressed in a jacket and open-necked shirt, Russia’s longtime leader looked weary but satisfied. He had just secured a fourth presidential term in a landslide election, extending his rule for another six years, until 2024 and maybe beyond. What will that mean for America and the world?
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