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The Power of Psychotherapy: A Review of Antwone Fisher
Antwone Fisher, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, is based on the true story of a young man who had plenty of reasons to be angry. His anger could have destroyed him, but psychotherapy turned him around. To learn more

Bowling for Columbine: A Documentary on the Making of Two Killers
Michael Moore’s latest film, Bowling for Columbine, explores the origins of violence in Columbine High School killers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. To learn more

What’s Wrong With Sy, The Photo Guy? A Review of One-Hour Photo
One Hour Photo is a tension-filled, dramatic story that slowly unwinds to explain what’s wrong with Sy Parrish, the best one-hour film processor imaginable. Pychodynamic and learning theories help explain his suffering and behaviors. To learn more

What It Takes to Triumph Over Schizophrenia: A Review of A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind is an inspiring story about triumph over schizophrenia, among the most devastating and disabling of all mental disorders. But how realistic is its portrayal of recovery? To learn more

When Alzheimer’s Strikes, Caregivers Are Victims, Too: A Review of Iris
Iris, nominated for the Academy Award for best actor, best actress, and best supporting actress, delivers a moving portrait of a marriage that ends with the death of the wife from Alzheimer’s disease. It realistically portrays the stress this debilitating disease places on caregivers. To learn more

Cast Away
There is a lot of psychology in Cast Away—motivation, intelligence, problem solving, creativity--and developmental issues. To learn more

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