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On film as in life, addiction is not easily shaken

It’s the night of the 2008 Grammys, and suddenly massive star Amy Winehouse has been nominated for Record of the Year alongside established icons Beyonce, Foo Fighters, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. Winehouse, a recovering drug addict who has been denied a U.S. visa and thus is unable to...

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    'Dope' goes in and out of a mild buzz

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    'Heaven Knows What' uniquely steps on its own foot

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