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BEN IS BACK review

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A Shocking, Realistic Portrait of Drug Addiction

Over the next few weeks, the box offices will be flooded by numerous films; plenty of them filled with cheer and joy.  However, “Ben is Back” follows a much different path entirely.  Ben (Lucas Hedges) surprises his family by coming home on Christmas Eve without any prior warning.  His mom, Holly (Julia Roberts), is beyond excited, but seeing the reaction from his sister, Ivy (Kathryn Newton), and his step father, Neal (Courtney B. Vance), clearly this is a dark and troubling past to Ben.  As it slowly comes into-focus, we learn that Ben is a recovering addict and was given Continue reading

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BOY ERASED review

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The Truth Cannot Be Converted

“Boy Erased” is a harrowingly-brutal and honest true story, following the life of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) and his family in Arkansas.  Jared is a young boy, about to graduate high school and attend his dream college.  The son of a Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe) and his wife (Nicole Kidman), Jared lives to make them proud.  At college, he begins to Continue reading

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MID90S review

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Fall. Get Back Up.

Having been a fan of everything Jonah Hill has touched or starred-in, needless to say I was incredibly excited to see his directorial debut.  “Mid90s” follows the life of Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a young, teenage boy as he navigates his day-to-day struggle of entering his adolescence.  His life at home is abusive; his brother Ian (Lucas Hedges) beats on him constantly and his mom (Katherine Waterston) is the only support figure in his life.  Just when he feels there’s no escape, he Continue reading