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Indie Focus: Holding together in ‘Bad Times at the El Royale,’ ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

Based on the memoirs of David and Nic Sheff, father and son, “Beautiful Boy” is a harrowing, empathetic look at addiction and its effect on a single family. In the film Steve Carell plays David, who feels increasingly helpless and lost in confronting the issues of the problems of his son, played by Timothée Chalamet. With a cast that also includes Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, the movie is the English-language debut for Belgian filmmaker Felix Van Groeningen.