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Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program B
A man carves majestic caves in sandstone rocks, and a prison hospice sees a lifer to the end.
"...life after murdering the person who sold his son drugs. Hall’s heart and lungs are failing, and we observe..."

Feb. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese's latest take on the American hoodlum is a relentlessly wild ride.
"...multimillionaire by his mid-20s. Belfort’s life of excess – drugs, women, schemes – comprises the bulk of the movie,..."

Dec. 20, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Grace Unplugged
A talented Christian teen must choose between her faith and superstardom.
"...who let his life slide to hell because of drugs and alcohol. Christ not only saved him, but Christian..."

Oct. 11, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

I'm So Excited!
Pedro Almodóvar's comic romp aims sky high.
"...are enjoyed by many, and much gossip and many drugs are shared. A cute preamble prior to takeoff features..."

July 26, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

20 Feet From Stardom
This film is an extended hosanna to an undersung artist, the backup singer, and what a joyful noise it makes.
"...lack of credit dogged all the backup singers, while drugs were the special undoing of some. 20 Feet From..."

July 5, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

John Dies at the End
Together, Bubba Ho-Tep director Don Coscarelli and Cracked.com editor David Wong created this horror-comedy jumble that's customed-tooled for the midnight hour.
"...with the movie’s swirling vortex of insects, aliens, and drugs, goes unsolved – or does it? Who knows? The..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

A Good Day to Die Hard
Bruce Willis' John McClane is like Wile E. Coyote – always in the wrong place when things blow up but always persevering.
"...(Courtney), is a massive screwup and probably involved with drugs, so he’s not surprised when he learns that Jack..."

Feb. 15, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Drug Czar Ditches Drug Conference in El Paso
Apparently rethinking drug policy ain't on the czar's "to do" list this week
"...Global Public Policy Forum on the U.S. War on Drugs this week, reports El Paso's Newspaper Tree...."

Sept. 21, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Tyson
Mike Tyson tells his life story in his own words in this documentary by longtime friend James Toback.
"...went off the rails. You probably know the rest: drugs, booze, women (countless), three years in a federal pen..."

May 29, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Paul v. Baldwin
Rep. Ron Paul debates pot prohibition with actor Stephen Baldwin
"...it will usually lead to alcohol abuse and harder drugs."..."

March 16, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney puts the famed journalist, icon, and myth Hunter S. Thompson before his lens and comes away with a telling portrait of the man and his era.
"...and the square, armed to the teeth with guns, drugs, booze, a cigarette holder, and a typewriter; the self-proclaimed..."

July 4, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Big Man Japan
Midnight madness doesn't begin to categorize this bizarre Japanese superhero/monster movie.
"...that seem like they're somebody's hallucinogenic outpourings on bad drugs: There's an evil-eye monster that is essentially a walking..."

April 25, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Reputation. Image. Perception.
"...seem. Reputation. In recent years, speculation over performance enhancing drugs has been at an all-time high. But how has..."

Feb. 7, 2008 Sports Post by Christopher Bond

DPS Troopers Score Big in 2006
"...set new all-time high records for the amount of drugs seized and the number of drug traffickers busted during..."

May 31, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
Absurdist non sequiturs and deadpan pauses emanate from an animated milkshake, a box of french fries, and a ball of ground beef.
"...on your tastes (and possibly your affinity for mind-altering drugs), are either the stuff of comic genius or proof..."

April 13, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Alpha Dog
It’s a soggy true-crime drama – too serious to be trashy, too trashy to be serious.
"...film is way more about tits and ass and drugs and guns and California muscle cars and busting up..."

Jan. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Bobby
Bobby looks at the lives of some everyday people who are about to get caught up in the avalanche of history when they become witnesses to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
"...broach the most pressing issues of the day – drugs, Vietnam, racism, poverty – with a subtle touch. Bobby..."

Nov. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Shortbus
John Cameron Mitchell's sophomore film effort asserts – with great gusto and even a brass band – our universal right to sexual happiness.
"...semisecret salon where curious New Yorkers experiment with soft drugs, performance art, and love anarchy in a relaxed and..."

Oct. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Brick
Brick transfers Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled universe to the modern high school campus with nary a clue that more than a half-century has passed since the Continental Op’s heyday.
"...bullies filling in for professional mob muscle. There are drugs, and a kingpin, and an intrepid young hero cherchezing..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

ATL
Wicked smart examination of black kids in modern Atlanta features talented young actors navigating the circuitous path to adulthood while spending their downtime at the local roller rink.
"...few spare genre clichés as it rolls along (Guns! Drugs! Angry siblings!), Robinson's film is a cut above the..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Head-On
The marriage of two Turks who meet while in a German psychiatric hospital grows from a relationship of convenience into a genuine love affair.
"...order to have a life, one that includes dancing, drugs, and lots of sex, only not with her new..."

May 20, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2004
A program of eight short films nominated for live-action and animated Academy Awards in 2004.
"...(in 1970) who has since lost his way to drugs and drink. Despite its grim subject matter, Landreth’s film..."

April 1, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bear Cub
Spanish drama avoids the politics of gay adoption while focusing instead on realistic characters and situations.
"...In short order, she is jailed for trafficking in drugs, and Bernardo's two-week visit turns into an indefinite stay...."

March 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The United States of Leland
Kevin Spacey-produced indie drama plays like The OC's more intellectual, older sibling.
"...that sports all the requisite teen angst trappings – drugs, absent parents, coolly realistic and embittered interpersonal relationships, and..."

April 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

8 Mile
Eminen's semi-autobiographical story of a young, white rapper on the rise in Detroit has a soft-focus Hollywood tint.
"...hoodlums, and the rapper's much-noted penchant for violence and drugs is almost completely eliminated from the character he plays..."

Nov. 8, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Salton Sea
"...was a Chet Baker-esque trumpeter minus the tattoos and drugs. Things begin to coalesce for Danny even as they..."

June 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Better Living Through Circuitry
"...but to his credit he does tackle the omnipresent drugs and Ecstasy questions head-on. He even manages to find..."

July 21, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

I'm the One That I Want
"...short-lived show All-American Girl, and her post-cancellation descent into drugs and depression. Here, the spaces between the laughs get..."

July 14, 2000 Movie Review by Bryan Poyser

On the Ropes
"...that her household has been torn asunder by AIDS, drugs, and alcohol. A portrait in moxie and hardbody resilience,..."

Oct. 8, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Drive Me Crazy
"...by selling fantasy. It's about as tough as peddling drugs to a crack whore. The same way adults flock..."

Oct. 8, 1999 Movie Review by Sarah Hepola

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