Drugs

Rocketman

This film chronicles a flamboyant, iconic singer from his meteoric rise to superstardom in the 1970s, to hitting rock bottom from sex and drugs and rock and roll, to his triumphant comeback in the mid-1980s. Wait, is this Bohemian Rhapsody? No, this time instead Queen’s Freddie Mercury, it’s a musical biopic of pop star Elton John, …

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

In Beautiful Boy, a white, educated, liberal family finds themselves reeling as their “beautiful boy” perfect son throws all of his privilege out the windows and spirals into hard drug use. In the great teaser trailer for the film, you see the desperate and frustrated father David (Steve Carrell) confront his estranged son Nic (Timothée …

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Dope

Virtual unknown Shameik Moore (who’s had a handful of guest-starring spots on TV shows) makes his big-screen leading-role debut as Malcolm, a super-smart, straight-A inner-city-L.A. high schooler with dreams of attending Harvard. He and his best pals, Jib (The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), are ‘90s hip-hop aficionados, who dress in …

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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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Cake

Jennifer Aniston stars as Claire, a woman who’s lived through just such a trauma and who, as a result, has chosen “alcohol and opiods” as her coping mechanism of choice. Angry, sad, depressed, resentful, hurt… Claire’s not really a pleasure to be around, and has cloaked herself in a protective armor of insults, cutting remarks …

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