London Film Festival 2017: ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ Review

After working with his muse Greta Gerwig on several projects, Noah Baumbach returns to his dysfunctional family roots with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), creating what is basically his own The Royal Tenenbaums (and that is definitely a compliment.) The film follows three generations of the Meyerowitz family, a creative bunch who all have […]

TIFF 2017: ‘Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle’ (‘Muchos Hijos, un Mono y un Castillo’) Review

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Playing out more like a series of home movies than a documentary, Lots of Kids, a Monkey, and a Castle follows director Gustavo Salmerón’s family and his eccentric mother, Julita. As a newlywed, she wished for three things: the eponymous lots of kids, a monkey and a castle. They were ambitious dreams for sure, but […]

‘Icarus’ Review: A Fascinating Look at Sport’s Biggest Doping Scandal

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George Orwell, and in particular, his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is a recurrent motif in Bryan Fogel’s fascinating documentary Icarus. The film opens with a quote from Orwell: “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” Regarding the massive doping scandal which swept the Rio Olympics, telling the truth does become a […]