Recommended. Born To Be Blue is a hard movie. There hasn’t been much like it since Lady Sings The Blues. Like Billie Holliday, Chet Baker was a hopeless heroin addict, engaged in all of the torture that anyone who loves a junkie knows intimately. Compounding that was Baker’s fragile talent, predicated on the agony that paced his addiction. The movie covers the period of Baker’s comeback from a brutal assault that left him unable to play trumpet. Ethan Hawke (Training Day) blazes across the night sky in this role, sweating and bleeding his way through the regeneration. An Oscar nomination seems inevitable. He is matched note for note by Carmen Ejogo (Selma) playing a composite lover who watches his destruction. Ironically, rookie director Robert Budereau (That Beautiful Somewhere) doesn’t let his script create much chemistry between Hawke and Ejogo. Did he intend this? After all . . . addiction is a solo act.