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Once Were Warriors
"...on the life of one dysfunctional Maori family. Poverty, alcoholism, and wife-beating are ripping these family members apart. Schisms..."

May 5, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

When a Man Loves a Woman
"...time, a tale of the Age of Recovery, when alcoholism isn't a problem just of the drinker and one..."

May 13, 1994 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Leaving Las Vegas
"...in their portraits of addiction -- in this case, alcoholism. Nicolas Cage plays Ben Sanderson, a hopeless drunk with..."

Nov. 22, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Personal Stories Behind Ben Is Back
Writer/director Peter Hedges on family, alcoholism, and going home
"..."I grew up in a family riddled with alcoholism. My mother was an active alcoholic, and left the family..."

Dec. 14, 2018 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Bad Santa 2
A tired sequel that's more offensive than transgressive
"...of kiddies. In addition to thieving, Willie’s sins include alcoholism and indiscriminate sexual intercourse with all willing orifices. Bates..."

Nov. 23, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wah-Wah
The death throes of an empire are are practically nothing when compared with the twitch of the marital death nerve in Richard E. Grant's semiautobiographical directorial debut.
"...you long after the film's fairly standard take on alcoholism and adultery fade away. One of those moments –..."

June 16, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pollock
"...the more salacious aspects of Pollock's career -- the alcoholism, the tantrums, the general air of manic depression that..."

March 9, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Restaurant
"...dabbles in a few other weighty issues such as alcoholism and commitment phobias. However, Restaurant examines the subtlety of..."

March 31, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Last Summer in the Hamptons
"...family is to do a disservice to the term; alcoholism, manic-depression, sexual confusion, and incest are a few of..."

March 29, 1996 Movie Review by Alison Macor

Recovery Projects
Help for defendants who are homeless, alcoholic, or mentally ill
"...10 men for three months and intensive treatment for alcoholism, followed by three months of supportive care and services..."

March 26, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Booze, Bad Guys, and Bamboozlement
Analyzing the Stereotype of Detectives and the Bottle
"...raison d'être as it were. With this in mind, alcoholism seems a wonderful choice. Indeed, cops and alcohol go..."

April 25, 1997 Books Feature by Tom Aiken

The Great Buster: A Celebration
Peter Bogdanovich sketches the outlines of the life of Buster Keaton
"...Stone Face; wives come and go, children are born, alcoholism just seems to happen, but even with endless biographical..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Joaquin Phoenix creates a charming warts-and-all portrait of cartoonist John Callahan
"...he pulls the sympathy trifecta of an alienated childhood, alcoholism, and disability, that would be an easy trap into..."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

40 Songs to Make You Feel Better (or Worse) About Drinking
A sampling of drinking songs local, south of the border, and global
"...Nashville-born, Indianapolis-raised pianist and Ray Charles precursor died from alcoholism at 30, leaving a smooth urban vocal style and..."

July 13, 2018 Music Feature by The Music Staff

Chavela
A tribute to the life of iconic ranchera singer
"...her recording of more than 80 albums, her own alcoholism and Mexico’s public disavowal of sexual contrariness prevented Chavela..."

Nov. 21, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hacksaw Ridge
A pacifist goes to war in Mel Gibson's brutal film
"...his parents’ marriage, haunted as it is by the alcoholism and mental instability of his father (Weaving) after his..."

Nov. 4, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nathaniel Rateliff’s Self-Discovery
Missouri-to-Denver soul man mines sweetness and peace in melancholy
"...that hard to write considering its overarching theme of alcoholism?..."

April 21, 2016 Music Post by Alejandra Ramirez

I Saw the Light
The sad but mercurial life of Hank Williams is put to screen
"...Ole Opry management who tried to deal with his alcoholism, and brief flirtations with TV (he appeared on The..."

April 1, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Our Brand Is Crisis
Sandra Bullock shines in David Gordon Green's political comedy
"...the wake of a series of disastrous personal adversities (alcoholism, depression, etc.) has removed herself from the duplicitous realm..."

Oct. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

New Graphic Novel is Dark, Urban, Sorcerous
Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt’s THOMAS ALSOP rocks Manhattan
"...band. And he’s now pretty much shacking up with alcoholism. And, speaking of alcoholism, Alsop’s naturally as much of..."

June 1, 2015 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Point Austin: Perry's Farewell
It's time to say goodbye to the Governor-for-Life
"...the success of diversion programs instead of prison for alcoholism and drug addiction – citing an unnamed Dallas Democratic..."

Jan. 23, 2015 News Column by Michael King

In Response to Anti-Choice Claims, Rep. Dawnna Dukes Makes Abortion Public
Dukes counters abortion "mistruth" with personal admission
"...who had undergone abortion were prone to drug abuse, alcoholism, and suicide. White said she was speaking from experience,..."

Sept. 22, 2014 News Post by Mary Tuma

Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this story about how Walt Disney convinced the prickly author of Mary Poppins to sell her creation to Hollywood.
"...but irresponsible man who struggled with the demons of alcoholism. It’s dark stuff for the Magic Kingdom, but no..."

Dec. 20, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Hightower Report
Congressional victims of alcoholism ... and hypocrisyitis
"...press release that, "I struggle with the disease of alcoholism." That's a shrewd touch, for you get extra public..."

Dec. 13, 2013 News Column by Jim Hightower

Funny Papers
Rob Delaney stops off at BookPeople
"...everything from bungee-jumping off the Manhattan Bridge to his alcoholism and depression to “back genitalia,” Delaney made the audience..."

Nov. 10, 2013 Books Post by Mac McCann

Cutie and the Boxer
The 40-year marriage of two visual artists is explored in this documentary.
"...and professional jealousies sustain the Shinoharas’ marriage. Poverty and alcoholism also factor into the couple’s struggles. Ushio was a..."

Aug. 30, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola
A greedy businessman aims to convert his village's farms into a modern shopping center in this Bollywood romantic comedy with a political bent.
"...are undone by a stealthy antagonist and his own alcoholism...."

Jan. 18, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Smashed
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul portray a married couple who are plagued by the disease of alcoholism.
"...Smashed is bereft of insights. It shows us that alcoholism is a disease rather than a character defect; it..."

Nov. 9, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Alex Cross
Stretching out of his Madea comfort zone to play James Patterson's FBI profiler is a courageous but misguided move on Tyler Perry’s part.
"...and Perry’s hunky-dory relationship with his family (no work-stress alcoholism or battered-wife syndrome here)...."

Oct. 19, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Diamond in the Rough
Shawn Colvin's memoir in song
"...Despite the solace she found in music, her alcoholism began while attending Southern Illinois University, a tenure cut..."

Oct. 5, 2012 Music Feature by Abby Johnston

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