***1/2 The Waiting Room Peter Nicks’s observant but warm documentary spends 24 hours in Highland Hospital, which serves Oakland’s Alameda County. It’s a public-service facility and, according to a nurse, a place of last resort. What’s captured is a great deal of stress and worry and wincing – and that’s just on the faces of the staff. Nicks isn’t lobbying. He’s storytelling. The aggregation of those stories are their own editorial. (82 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)
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