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Mr. Brooks
Serial killers are a dime a dozen in this often beguiling but essentially ludicrous movie that stars Kevin Costner in an unconventional role.
" kill is just another one of the pesky addiction problems that plagues modern society. In fact, the film..."

June 1, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Owning Mahowny
"...Mahowny, a rising Toronto bank executive with a gambling addiction, who siphoned $10.2 million from his bank to feed..."

June 20, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Naked Lunch
Leave it to Cronenberg to tackle William S. Burroughs' notorious – and notoriously "unfilmable" – novel. Then add in a score by Ornette Coleman.
"...and less emphasis on the totalitarian control aspects. Heroin addiction is transposed into the safer fiction of “bug powder”..."

Jan. 24, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Rhythm Section
Blake Lively doesn't live up to her name in this flat spy romp
"...itself in her descending into a life of drug addiction and prostitution. We all have different ways of grieving,..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

In Production: A Trip to Rehab in Addict Named Hal
On-set for the upcoming feature from the front lines of addiction
"...project for Stanley, drawing from their own experiences with addiction after the death of their fiancé in 2016. It's..."

Jan. 24, 2020 Screens Column by Richard Whittaker

Uncut Gems
Sandler and the Safdies take a roller-coaster through the NYC Diamond District
"...Danger is an addiction. It’s not about reward, it’s about risk. The run..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The King
America's soul explored on a road trip in Elvis Presley's car
"...of disparate themes – race, celebrity, power, wealth, drug addiction, poverty, militarism – into one coherent narrative. The road..."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Another glimpse behind the curtain at the late musical legend
"...her only child Bobbi Kristina) ended so piteously. Drug addiction and bad choices are the obvious answers to what..."

July 6, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The House
They say the house always wins, but sometimes ...
"...form of a slimy councilman (Kroll), Kate’s reignited pot addiction, and Scott’s transformation into the operation’s enforcer. Casual violence..."

July 7, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The California Highway Patrol rides again
" dull, the jokes dispiritingly flat-footed, with Ponch’s sex addiction and squirminess over male intimacy supplying most of the..."

March 31, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Addicted to Fresno
Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer co-star as sisters in off-color comedy
"...Shannon (Greer) is just out of rehab for sex addiction, her most recent conquest being her therapist (Livingston). Younger..."

Oct. 2, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Thanks for Sharing
This story about sex addicts is top-heavy with healing bromides and romantic-comedy beats.
"...have our weird ways. And yet, despite making sex addiction its topic, Thanks for Sharing isn’t interested in exploring..."

Sept. 20, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Country Strong
It's Nashville-on-the-rocks as Gwyneth Paltrow takes a starring turn as an alcoholic singer trying to make a comeback.
"...Shana Feste’s four-part-(dis)harmony ditty about a multiplatinum artist battling addiction and three Nashville players snared in her devastating orbit...."

Jan. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Fighter
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams combine forces with director David O. Russell to make one of 2010's most exciting movies.
"...physical contradictions of the character’s residual athleticism and corrosive addiction. Watch the scene in which Dicky runs through the..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Town
Ben Affleck directs, co-writes, and stars in this gripping action-drama about bank robbers.
"...robbers like chickens do eggs. Ingrained violence and OxyContin addiction are casual facts in Charlestown, but Doug MacRay (Affleck)..."

Sept. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Nic Cage delivers one of his best and most outrageous performances in Werner Herzog's cops-and-iguanas drama.
"...ways as Ferrara’s (rampant cocaine and narcotics use, gambling addiction, and flagrant abuse of the badge), but gone are..."

Dec. 11, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
This celebratory documentary skips briskly over the 60-plus-year career of one of jazz's pre-eminent and most original singers.
"...the subject is her nearly two decades of drug addiction and other personal troubles, and the film attempts to..."

Nov. 28, 2008 Movie Review by Theresa Everline

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
This comedy starring Simon Pegg is based on Toby Young's memoir about working at Vanity Fair.
"...insufferable tonic for a world gone mad on celebrity addiction. It was full of indulgent anecdotes and scathing broadsides..."

Oct. 10, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

El Cantante
Jennifer Lopez and her real-life husband, Marc Anthony, portray the lives of salsa star Hector Lavoe and his wife, Puchi, in this biopic overstuffed with music-industry clichés.
"...shown as meteoric and trouble-free, his descent into drug addiction and unreliability appears endless and endlessly enabled, the love..."

Aug. 3, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Kicking & Screaming
Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, and Mike Ditka all appear together in a film that sings the praises of kids soccer and caffeine addiction.
"...victory and ends up drawing as close to meth addiction as a PG film can go. It’s a supremely..."

May 13, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Woman Thou Art Loosed
Based on a novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes, a black evangelical preacher and author who also co-stars, this unusual film is part revivalist sermon, part narrative drama, and wholly urgent and engaging.
"...are fed up with the legacy of abuse, neglect, addiction, and poor self-esteem that have grown into a self-perpetuating..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Dirty Shame
John Waters, America's king of trash, is back with this tale of sex addiction, fetishes, and mad, bad, lascivious squirrel sexin’.
"...returns to form in this NC-17 tale of sex addiction, fetishes, and mad, bad, lascivious squirrel sexin’. It’s as..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
You don't have to be a Metallica fan to enjoy this candid documentary that in essence is a complex chronicle of people just trying to get along.
"..."This is a rock & roll band." But when addiction and animosity threaten to rend the group during their..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

This film is a sympathetic biopic about the troubled life of Nuyorican writer Miguel Piñero (author of Short Eyes).
"...flat line. For all its honesty about the artist's addiction and general unhingedness, the film still romanticizes him. It's..."

May 17, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Eyes of Tammy Faye
"...builder Roe Messner, Messner's imprisonment for bankruptcy fraud, her addiction to the sedative Ativan, her bout with colon cancer,..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

My Life and Times With Antonin Artaud
" outpatient from an nuthouse near Paris and battling addiction to prescription opiates, is about as amusing as the..."

Dec. 13, 1996 Movie Review by Russell Smith

The Addiction
" undead Sciorra bites her on the neck. The Addiction takes a more cerebral approach to the eternal concept,..."

June 21, 1996 Screens Feature

Leaving Las Vegas
"...dared to be this remorseless in their portraits of addiction -- in this case, alcoholism. Nicolas Cage plays Ben..."

Nov. 22, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Basketball Diaries
"...of its time. Furthermore, the limited narrative arc detailing addiction and recovery diminishes the story's Catholic dimensions of sin..."

April 28, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...Piven, Exene Cervenka, Dave Alvin, Alex Cox, and Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, McCarthy keeps the angst light and the..."

March 3, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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