Alcoholism

The Girl on the Train

Blunt stars as Rachel Watson, a miserable, divorced alcoholic, whose once-idyllic life has devolved into one booze-fuelled blackout after another. She rides the train in and out of Manhattan every day and, during her commute, passes her former neighborhood, allowing her to spy longingly from afar on her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux), his new wife …

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I Smile Back

Sarah Silverman makes her dramatic-lead debut – and does a decent but not outstanding job – in this paint-by-numbers story of a wife and mother trying to hide her drug and alcohol addiction from her family. Unfortunately, Silverman never really seems connected to the character or the material, and much of her character’s behavior in …

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Amy (2015)

I remember exactly when I heard that Amy Winehouse died, and I was pissed. No, it was not because Amy had met with what can really only be deemed an unsurprising early death (joining the “27 Club” of dead singers). It was because the death of this young woman who, by all media accounts, was …

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28 Days

I know I said I would watch Viggo Mortensen muck out stalls in my Hidalgo review, but I never quite factored Sandra Bullock into the deal. It’s like being duped by a tricky genie who grants your wish, but throws in a surprise—”Ha-ha! You forgot to say that Sandra couldn’t be there, smartypants!” Okay, okay, …

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Crazy Heart

Greasy, sweaty, drunk and seeming like he’d probably reek of whiskey, cigarettes and B.O., Bad Blake (Bridges) is a once-lauded country-music star who’s so far down on his luck that hitting bottom might be considered a step up. Barely able to get through a set, he unenthusiastically plays hole-in-the-wall bars and bowling alleys in hole-in-the-wall …

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