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"...almost. I had to reach out to [musician mental health/addiction service] the SIMS Foundation to get my shit together...."

Jan. 8, 2021 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

How a Local Drummer Inspired Riz Ahmed’s Character in Sound of Metal
Revisiting Fuckemos drummer Sean Powell's Austin dives and Hollywood highs
"...In the film, Ruben's addiction exists as an underlying demon. It's not discussed in..."

Nov. 20, 2020 Screens Feature by Kevin Curtin

Anthony Mackie takes a long, strange trip to find himself
"...character-driven. Their debut, 2012's Resolution, was a story of addiction and friendship wrapped up in a time loop –..."

Oct. 23, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Fantasia Review: The Columnist
Doomscrolling turns deadly in this Twitter troll satire
"...swipe about the very real perils of social media addiction. Those surrounding Femke constantly advise her, just delete your..."

Sept. 2, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Blech Effect
The case against the king of biotech investment indicts corporate culture
"...lack of self-control. Diagnosed with manic depression and gambling addiction, his successes seem designed to take him to ever..."

Aug. 25, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery – an Excerpt
In this chapter from her book, Erica C. Barnett describes the point when her life became a shrinking circle
"...the details – speaks volumes about her honesty regarding addiction to alcohol. It can overtake a person's life, debase..."

July 10, 2020 Arts Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Butt Boy
Ignore the name: Butt Boy is more weirdo noir than gross out comedy
"...There are hints at some more serious discussions about addiction, and using external props to fill metaphorical (and literal)..."

April 17, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Ultraviolent Fantastic Fest throwback makes its vengeance-filled return
"...the grizzled old war dogs and a vision of addiction and street gangs that fell straight out of some..."

Feb. 14, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Downey has and is fun as the doctor who can talk with the animals
"...years later for anything other than a portrait of addiction would seem preposterous, and yet here they are, adding..."

Jan. 17, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

A Million Little Pieces
James Frey's Oprah-(de)endorsed junkie journal makes it to the screen
"...James in this adaptation of James Frey's partially debunked addiction autobiography. Suitably, the distributors are delicately referring to the..."

Dec. 6, 2019 Movie Review

Doctor Sleep
Back to the cinematic hallowed ground of the Overlook Hotel
" Hill House, have always been about family, guilt, addiction, responsibility, and compassion, about finding the strength to embrace..."

Nov. 8, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Pain and Glory
Almodóvar's latest classic is a self-portrait by a great, aging artist
"...a man he once loved and nursed through his addiction...."

Oct. 25, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Other Worlds SF Festival Is in The Honeymoon Phase
Project Greenlight title will be closing night film
"...coming with a new New Zealand sci-fi comedy Alien Addiction. Festival founder Bears Rebecca Fonté said that, in this..."

Oct. 17, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

35 of the City's Best Food Vendors Are Ready to Take Your Order at ACL Music Festival
"...Tamale Addiction Traditional tamales using gluten-free ingredients with no lard or..."

Oct. 4, 2019 Food Feature

Bringing Real-World Trauma to Action Blockbuster Angel Has Fallen
Ric Roman Waugh flies on broken wings
" the cost of duty and honor, and the addiction to carrying the gun."..."

Aug. 23, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

This One's for the Ladies
Documentary following Newark’s Nasty Boyz is only skin deep
"...accounts of police violence, the cycle of poverty and addiction, and how stripping became a way to supplement (or..."

June 21, 2019 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Late Night
Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling spark and bond in this timely and charming media satire
"...– she delivers a blistering line about the American addiction to catharsis in everyday life – but her own..."

June 7, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Welcome back, Mister Wick!
"...level of elaborate and exhilarating complexity is a welcome addition/addiction to an otherwise musclebound genre currently in thrall to..."

May 17, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tackling Inherited Trauma in SXSW Film Mickey and the Bear
Writer/director Annabelle Attanasio on when bloodlines become scars
"...addict without a fix. Though Attanasio insists Hank's underlying addiction narrative "is not at the forefront" of Mickey's themes,..."

March 8, 2019 Screens Feature by Beth Sullivan

Elisabeth Moss Might Just Be Her Own Character
The actor headlines SXSW in opening night film Us, and probes the cost of fame in Her Smell
"’s left her worse for the wear: Suffering from addiction and undiagnosed mental illness, Becky harshes everyone’s vibe. She’s..."

March 8, 2019 Screens Feature by Danielle White

Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods
The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography
" Chief amongst his issues remained a nasty heroin addiction he'd been carrying around since the late Forties. Union..."

Sept. 14, 2018 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

The life and legacy of Austin's ill-fated Duct Tape Messiah
"...impact on his fellow folk musicians and explored the addiction issues he shared with his friend Townes Van Zandt,..."

Aug. 17, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Andrea Riseborough spellbinds in this drama of self-delusion and second chances.
" the woman that raised her. Her penchant or addiction to tragic narratives is deep in her. She’s caught..."

June 29, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Texas Book Festival Announces First Confirmed Authors for October Fest
Acclaimed An American Marriage novelist leads pack of 15
"...Leslie Jamison, who penned this spring's much-buzzed-about memoir about addiction, The Recovering...."

June 19, 2018 Arts Post by Kimberley Jones

What’s Showing at the Indie Meme Festival
Highlighting the best of South Asian cinema
"...Childhood poverty. Addiction. Growing up gay in a religious environment. The strength..."

April 20, 2018 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Cured
The zombie apocalypse is over. So now what?
"...of extremism. That's barely the start, with questions of addiction, forgiveness, refugee integration, AIDS, and even a sideways comment..."

March 9, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Father Figures
On a road to nowhere with Ed Helms and Owen Wilson
"...because his own father died of cancer. However, his addiction to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (a bland..."

Dec. 29, 2017 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
The engineering secrets of a Hollywood great
"...casting couches, failed marriages, mockery, plastic surgery, legal trials, addiction, and finally being thrown aside by the industry that..."

Dec. 22, 2017 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Friend Request
A curse follows a woman on social media
"...popular college student taking some vague class on Internet Addiction Disorder or something, who befriends the shy, perpetually hoodied..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Battle of the Sexes
Billie Jean King takes on Bobby Riggs
"...wife, who adores the man but hates his gambling addiction, makes for a far more interesting character. Curiously, the..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

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