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HBO

Make it or fake it

Documentary | The Inventor shows our propensity to believe what we want to be true
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 12/12/19, 04:53 pm

The old adage that “cheaters never prosper” proves true in HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. The documentary spotlights Elizabeth Holmes, CEO and founder of Theranos, a now defunct healthcare company once valued at $9 billion. 

Holmes claimed to have invented a tabletop machine that could perform more than 240 lab tests in minutes from finger-prick–size drops of blood. Such a development would revolutionize healthcare, eliminating the need for vials of blood and lengthy test wait times.

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Paul Walter Hauser

Entitlement games

Movie | Richard Jewell is an indictment of unethical media, abusive government, and anyone with an elitist mentality
by Megan Basham
Posted 12/12/19, 04:24 pm

Clint Eastwood’s excellent new film, Richard Jewell (rated R for heavy language and brief, realistic violence), has a moment early on where a perfectly pressed FBI agent looks around in disgust at a mass of doughy people doing the Macarena and grouses, “I’m made for better things than this.” The beautiful, young reporter trying to scrape up a story at the same Atlanta park during the 1996 Olympics shoots back, “You think I’m not?”

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Amazon Studios

Banning the children

Documentary | One-Child Nation shows the dark consequences of China’s forced family planning
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 12/12/19, 03:50 pm

Imagine government officials barging into your home if you have multiple children, confiscating “extra” kids, then adopting them out to foreign countries. China’s one-child policy caused this scheme and much worse to occur for more than 35 years, from 1979 through 2015.

Amazon Prime Video’s One-Child Nation is a disturbing and weighty documentary investigating the devastating effects of China’s birthing restrictions.

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