Tag Archives: Addiction

Beautiful Boy (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A father and his addict son

“Beautiful Boy” is not so successful despite some harrowing and painful moments it is required to deliver as a serious drama about addiction. Although its mostly non-linear narrative structure initially seems effective at first as its two main characters respectively … Continue reading

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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A brutal prison drama to strike you hard

“A Prayer Before Dawn”, which is currently available on Netflix, is a brutal prison drama packed with grim but striking moments you cannot easily forget. This is surely a tough stuff, but the movie is compelling and electrifying thanks to … Continue reading

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Whitney (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): The life and career of Whitney Houston

Documentary film “Whitney” gives us a close look at the life and career of Whitney Houston, a famous singer who has been remembered for not only her meteoric rise but also the following downward spiral of which she could never … Continue reading

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6 Balloons (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A problematic day with her addict brother

Movies about addiction are usually uncomfortable to watch, and “6 Balloons”, which is currently available on Netflix, is no exception. As closely observing its heroine’s problematic relationship with her addict brother, the movie gives us several unflinching moments which will … Continue reading

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Krisha (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An unwanted guest in one Thanksgiving family dinner

The opening shot of “Krisha” caught me off guard during my first viewing. At the beginning, ominous music is played on the soundtrack, and then there comes the close-up shot of an old woman who clearly looks disturbed and devastated. … Continue reading

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Amy (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A painful look into Winehouse’s downward spiral

Amy Winehouse’s tragically short life is a cautionary show business tale to say the least. She was young and talented with undeniable star quality, and she was lucky enough to be elevated to stardom within a few years, but, sadly, … Continue reading

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Cake (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Broken Body, Broken Mind, and Cake

  There are good parts in “Cake” which almost make it look like a film worthwhile to watch, and then there are also bad parts which could have been discarded or modified without any serious problem. The movie wants to … Continue reading

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