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Donny Cates Is No 'Buzzkill'
Local writer collaborates with Toadies drummer for new comic
" four-part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics is about addiction. After a blackout drunk session, Ruben decides he has..."

Sept. 18, 2013 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

It Doesn't Always Get Better
James Ponsoldt lets kids be kids in 'The Spectacular Now'
"...nearest paper cup. Adults with even passing experience with addiction or familiarity with the language of therapy and Al-Anon..."

Aug. 16, 2013 Screens Feature by Melanie Haupt

Give and Let Live
Cause-driven film festival Lights. Camera. Help. hits the sweet spot between heart, mind, and action
"...their struggles to survive the devastating grip of poverty. Addiction, exorbitant medical bills, and sometimes just really bad luck..."

Aug. 9, 2013 Screens Feature by Jessi Cape

Celebrity Defense
"...the 21st century, Virginia. Do you really believe that addiction is a moral failing from which one must repent,..."

July 29, 2013 Postmarks

Play Along With Busy Actor Bingo
Mark a tile once you've seen the actor in at least two films
"...Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now, Don Jon's Addiction, Short Term 12)..."

March 8, 2013 Screens Feature by Monica Riese

App Alert: 'Hundreds'
A deceptively simple and deeply satisfying game for iPad
"...fingers depending on the level. Before long, instinct becomes addiction and the last of the 100 levels brings together..."

Jan. 8, 2013 Screens Post by James Renovitch

AFS Hosts ‘Oslo, August 31st,’ One of the Year’s Must-Sees
Joachim Trier’s second film is beautiful and brutal
"...director Joachim Trier, following 2008’s kinetic Reprise. It’s about addiction, but it’s also, quite rattlingly, about the inverse of..."

Dec. 4, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Bill W.
Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, is the subject of this admiring yet enlightening documentary.
"...12-step programs, A.A. looms large in the history of addiction and recovery. Though original in its adoption of fellowship..."

July 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley find love and companionship in the face of the apocalypse.
"...and engage in orgiastic sex sans the complications of addiction, STDs, and pregnancy. Sorrow and madness fuel the masses,..."

June 22, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Help a Derby Baby Find an ATX Home
Nine hours to get new Roller Derby doc to Austin
"...Instead, film makers Robin Bond and David Wruck are..."

May 22, 2012 Sports Post by Richard Whittaker

War Stories From the Songwriting Battlefield With Paul Williams
"...I crossed the line from use to abuse to addiction," says Williams. "Twin addictions were running on parallel tracks..."

March 2, 2012 Music Feature by Michael Bertin

SXSW 2012 Film Lineup Announced
'21 Jump Street' selected as Centerpiece Film
"...charming street musician. But when Troy discovers Marcus’ drug addiction, he suddenly must figure out the true boundaries of..."

Feb. 1, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep reunites with her Mama Mia! director to play Margaret Thatcher.
"...Morgan has had a good year, with credits including sex-addiction drama Shame (co-written with director Steve McQueen), the six-part..."

Jan. 13, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Book of Drugs
Don't mention Soul Coughing to its frontman
"...then, his memoir isn't about making music; it's about addiction and redemption. Pills, pot, and Ecstasy worked for a..."

Dec. 16, 2011 Music Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Page One: Inside The New York Times
The slow death of print media and the often shambling efforts of newspapers to reinvent themselves is one of the main topics of this documentary.
"...Gun, in which he recounted his years grappling with addiction. Carr is a scrapper, all right – it’s a..."

July 1, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Reefer Roundup: 4/22/11
It's baaaaack!

April 22, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

The Dilemma
Ron Howard's latest is a decidedly honest comedy-melodrama about love and friendship.
"...out with Beth (Connelly) long enough that his gambling addiction is less an inciting incident than a convenient bit..."

Jan. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Hightower Report
Simmering Water War; and Vote and Run
"...This is caused by our addiction not to alcohol or drugs – but to plain..."

Nov. 19, 2010 News Column by Jim Hightower

Muses IV: Memories of a House
This site-specific show is in a lovely home, but the characters in it lack depth
" the other major traits on the character list: addiction, therapy, youth, mental illness, and so on. Addiction is..."

Sept. 10, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Winter's Bone
Set in the Ozark Mountain backwoods of Missouri, this tense drama is an exceptionally good film.
" caught between the demands of his own meth addiction and his feelings for his brother’s family. All the..."

June 25, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Niche Justice
Travis County specialty courts try to break the cycle of crime
"...would end up becoming more than 20 years of addiction to opiates. Kellie eventually became a heroin addict and,..."

March 26, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Off the Record
The good, the bad, and the ugly: a look back at the year in Austin music
"...crashed by the likes of Kanye West and Jane's Addiction and peaking with Metallica's exclusive guitar heroics at Stubb's...."

Dec. 25, 2009 Music Column by Austin Powell

Panhandlers for God
Not all street solicitors are created equal – some owe their souls to the company church
"...takes five tries over five years to "recover" from addiction. While there are certainly successful faith-based rehabilitation programs –..."

Sept. 25, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

'Chronicle' Is More Tabloid Than Alternative
"...interrogate the dominant assumptions about crime, race, class, drug addiction, and criminality and maybe bring us a step closer..."

June 30, 2009 Postmarks

Role-Play Playing
When improv asks, 'Can we get a suggestion for something you'd slay a dragon with?'
"," says Roberts. "Like, my character has a mana addiction in the game, but he also has a boss..."

June 19, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Rudo y Cursi
Y Tu Mamá También actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna reteam for this cautionary tale about soccer-playing brothers.
"...a singing star, while Beto feeds a troublesome gambling addiction with the funds intended for his wife and children...."

May 15, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Reefer Madness: Eye for an Eye, Ounce for an Ounce
Will the Lege downgrade the punishment for pot possession this session?
"...decriminalization regime have been realized," concludes Greenwald. "While drug addiction, usage, and associated pathologies continue to skyrocket in many..."

April 24, 2009 News Column by Jordan Smith

Off the Record
Nothing's shocking: reveling in the aftermath and glow of South by Southwest 09
"...available for download at The recently reunited Jane's Addiction in kind launched a full-blown stadium spectacular from inside..."

March 27, 2009 Music Column by Austin Powell

Reefer Madness: Drug Laws Are So Fifties
Advocacy group calls for a return to the Seventies on sentencing
"...Boggs Act in part because they believed that "drug addiction was a contagious and perhaps incurable disease and that..."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

The Promotion
Forgettably bland, this comic film features Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly vying for the same job promotion.
"...erotic possibilities of the banjo, a hero with an addiction to self-help audio tapes, another hero with a secret..."

June 13, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

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