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Beautiful Boy

Reviewed on Feb 11 2019

Based on a true story of a drug-addicted teenager whose parents divorced at an early age. The boy finally got addicted to crystal meth. As a counselor I have been in rehabilitation since I was 24 years old, first working with Nicky Cruz Halfway Houses and many others around the country. I felt very close to the young man in this story and saw and worked with many like him and also many young women too. Luckily, this young man somehow—through what he writes in his book as a ...
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A Twelve-Year Night

Reviewed on Jan 11 2019

Uruguay, Argentina, Spain drama — A true story of three political prisoners, one of which becomes the President of the country of his imprisonment, just like Nelson Mandela. He was tortured and kept mostly in solitary for all these years and survived tremendous physical and emotional torture. To me, it is also a story of how destiny overrides the cruelty of evildoers when a soul is meant to live and become a president and leader. Language: Spanish with English subtitles

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A Star Is Born

Reviewed on Nov 29 2018

This of course is a recent movie, but I wanted to write a review of it. Being a musician myself, and an actor in my point of origin, and a professional extra in this life, I felt very close to the characters, having my best friend die of alcoholism, in a way committing suicide, but not hanging himself literally. I feel a kindred spirit to Lady Gaga because she is from an Italian family in real life and her character was from an Italian family, so I identified very much with the character and ...
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

Reviewed on Nov 05 2018

Joaquin Phoenix could very easily get an Academy Award for this film, but the Academy never gives people what they deserve (very seldom) because it’s all politics. However, every alcoholic ought to see this film. Superb acting by Rooney Mara, who falls in love with him in his physical disability. Jack Black does a fine job in playing Dexter, who is also an alcoholic and is quite believable. Jonah Hill does a wonderful job playing an alcoholic who overcomes his addiction and becomes a ...
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Patti Cake$

Reviewed on Oct 18 2018

This film was smart, hip, rad, and trace, about a female hip-hop artist who wants to succeed in the business and her lovable friends, who form a band of talented misfits. Young people (like me) would definitely love this film. Danielle Macdonald.

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Ride With The Devil

Reviewed on Sep 21 2018

I missed this film myself and just saw it recently, but it's definitely a classic that will be a good film a thousand years from now. Tobey Maguire shows his acting abilities, starting off as a young boy in the Civil War and coming out a man after the war, being in a band of Missouri raiders. The characters have a southern warrior dignity and play those characters well. There is much loyalty between young men raised up together in Missouri, who side with the South against Jayhawkers, who side...
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The Rider

Reviewed on Aug 28 2018

With this film I would say that destiny is at work here, because the actor in the film, Brady Jandreau, plays himself after being discovered by a Chinese director and filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In the film, as in true life, Brady is a horse whisperer and bronco rider who has an accident and can no longer bronco. The movie shows the life of a cowboy and does an excellent job in the psychology of what it is to be a cowboy, in every aspect of their ...
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