Review: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Is A Riveting Nature Vs. Nurture Mystery

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Three Identical Strangers is the true story of triplets (Eddy Galland, David Kellman, Robert Shafran) who, at the age of 19, realize that they are triplets. Separated at birth and raised by three parents from different socio-economic backgrounds, the guys have a ton of catching up to do.

Their 1980 discovery immediately catapults them to fame, as they became the toast of New York and were featured in various news articles and television program (their talk with Phil Donahue is featured in the documentary. The trio even opened up their own restaurant some years later.

Finding your literal blood brothers had its drawbacks, especially when they discovered their respective adoptions were part of a bigger research study on the “nature vs. nurture” theory. While attempting to explore if individuals can expand beyond their genetic makeup thanks to their environment is intriguing, this research was absolutely inhumane.

To give further plot details on Three Identical Strangers wouldn’t do justice to the documentary, as director Tim Wardle (One Killer Punch) keeps us guessing on the inevitable fate of these tight knit siblings. You can find out their fate with a requisite google search, but that would be doing Three Identical Strangers a disservice.

An incisive and at times heartbreaking look at how lives can be changed by a simple decision, Three Identical Strangers is a compelling mystery that will keep you intrigued (and understandably distressed) until the film’s closing moments.

Three Identical Strangers opens in select theaters June 29.

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Iggy Pop Documentary ‘American Valhalla’ Hits DVD In March


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Iggy Pop, along with being a rock icon, is known for his steadfast and energetic approach to his music, and those resilient qualities are exemplified in the documentary American Valhalla which hits DVD March 9.

The documentary centers on the collaboration between Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme over Pop’s acclaimed 2016 album Post Pop Depression. The project spotlight’s the pair’s songwriting sessions, recording process and subsequent Post Pop Depression tour (their final show took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Anthony Bourdain is also featured in the 81-minute documentary to contribute to the discussions (Bourdain, a lifelong Stooges fan, had Pop on his program Parts Unknown).

“As we got to know each other, you blew my mind,” said Homme to Pop in the documentary. “You really came with such an open mind and saying, ‘Yeah, I know what I’ve done but here to . . . look forward.”

American Valhalla is being released via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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‘Leap!’ With Elle Fanning Sets Blu-Ray Release In November

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Leap!, an animated film feature the voice talents of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, and Kate McKinnon, hits Blu-ray and DVD November 21 via Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The plot centers on Félicie, an 11-year-old who travels to Paris with her best friend Victor (Wolff) to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer (Victor is an aspiring inventor). Ziegler voices the role of a conniving classmate of Félicie who serves as one of her main obstacles in the pursuit of dancing. Mel Brooks and singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen round out the voice cast.

Click on the media bar to hear Kate McKinnon talk about playing three characters in Leap!:


Special features include the featurette “In The Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler” and a behind-the-scenes video gallery (“The Birth of a Dream,” “Animating the Dance,” “Reconstructing 19th Century Paris”).

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Sean Combs “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” With Bad Boy Documentary

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Although Sean Combs is the world’s richest rapper thanks to his business with Ciroc vodka and the TV network Revolt, his foundation is hip hop and the evolution of Bad Boy. The label’s rise, as well as Combs’ challenges in reuniting the Bad Boy family for the label’s 20th anniversary is spotlighted in the documentary Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story.

“I knew this was a story that should be shared with the world,” said Combs, who has also carved out a career as an actor with such films as Monster’s Ball and A Raisin in the Sun. “(Producer) Heather Parry and Live Nation Productions, and director Daniel Kaufman, helped create this very special documentary. Now I’m blessed to also be working with Apple Music to showcase the film and share Bad Boy’s history and impact with fans. The support Live Nation, Apple Music and everyone on the team has given to this project is a true testament to the Bad Boy legacy.”

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story hits Apple Music on June 25. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!


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Mélanie Laurent Explores Sustainable Future With ‘Tomorrow’ Documentary

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Tomorrow, a documentary directed by actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Beginners) and activist Cyril Dion, is headed to the U.S. in April after a celebrated run in France.

Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the César Awards, Tomorrow follows the filmmakers as they travel around the world to discover and spotlight concrete solutions to the various social and challenges that humanity faces. After giving birth to her son, Laurent became more aware of the eco-dangers that are facing the world and teamed up with Dion on this ambitious project. During their stops through such countries as Finland and India, the filmmakers visit urban agriculture projects and delve into renewable initiatives that are making a difference in the world.

Laurent’s previous directing credits include the dramas Breathe and The Adopted. Grossing over $10 million in France, Tomorrow was also named Best Documentary at the COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Tomorrow opens in select theaters April 21 with Earth Day taking place the following day.

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‘By Sidney Lumet’ Provides Insightful Look At Revered Director

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Kicking off a new season of American Masters, By Sidney Lumet is an informative and immersive look at the late filmmaker. Directed by Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story), the documentary was shaped from a 2008 interview Lumet conducted with Daniel Anker. Along with that resource, Buirski also had a treasure trove of Lumet films to watch, and the result is an insightful look at Lumet’s lifelong passion for storytelling.

“I thought this was a rare opportunity to let Sidney be our narrator,” said Buirski, who also helmed The Loving Story. “To guide us through his life and his work and let his work be the echo. And also curate the films around the themes that were coming out of this interview. Not necessarily chronologically or a linear way, but just let those themes come through and see how they emerge in his work. That was very creative and exciting to do it that way.”

Lumet’s impressive body of work includes 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Prince of the City, and Night Falls on Manhattan. By Sidney Lumet airs tonight on PBS (8 pm – check local listings).



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