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Ben Is Back is a 2018 film directed by Peter Hedges and starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, and Courtney B. Vance. It tells the harrowing story of a mother who tries to help addict son when he comes home for Christmas on a break from his sober living facility. But Ben is not out of harm’s way and things quickly unravel, endangering the entire family. Recovery Unplugged wrote, “The film […]

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What’s Love Got to Do With It | Movies You Might’ve Missed

Previously, The MOON has recommended quite a few films that portray the power of spirituality in politics– the trilogy by Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action, and Occupy Love), for starters. The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, for another. Similarly, many of the documentaries about Native Americans, such as the excellent series 500 Nations, Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, or Aluna, also reviewed […]

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Invisible people | Movies About Homelessness

Invisible People This is the website that inspired the current issue, as it has inspired countless others, with its compelling video interviews with homeless people–who explain how they got into their current circumstances, and how they hope to get out…or at least continue to survive. One, for example, tells the story of Heather, a San Francisco resident who has a bullet lodged in her back. She worked through the pain […]

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The New Localism | Movies You Might’ve Missed

It’s always inspirational to watch people coming together to rise above the challenges that beset them. My own documentary, Twisp: The Power of Community, shows how the people of a tiny town in north central Washington have leveraged successive crises into opportunities to recreate themselves and their communities. From a mega-ski resort proposal that would have made some property owners rich at the expense of the small town lifestyle the rest of […]

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