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For a deeper understanding of Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome, whereby a mother abuses her own child to seek personal sympathy and attention, this documentary is it. For almost 20 years, Dee Dee Blancharde fed daughter Gypsy Rose numerous drugs which induced horrible medical symptoms. Meanwhile, her massive fraud resulted in free trips, housing, and gifts and money from the surrounding community. In the incredulity of it all, you feel utter hatred toward Dee Dee, but are at least hopeful for Gypsy, who is now healthy and likely to receive her father’s support when she's up for parole in 2024.
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Directed by Ridley Scott. Story by Jack Paglen and Michael Green. Screenplay by John Logan, and Dante Harper
Scary? Check. Badass heroine? Check. Campy, predictable, moments that just don’t make sense? Check. I can’t figure out if the Alien “sci-fi” franchise has morphed into every other horror movie franchise (but with spaceships). Truth is, I left wholly entertained in all of its IMAX glory, and that’s enough to keep me interested ‘til the last film in this trilogy of the series.
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Aziz Ansari’s creative license takes on many forms this season: an ode to Fellini, long uninterrupted long film takes, character-mixing and disjointed storylines, and a shift in the second half of the season toward a focused, single plotline. Well-acted, Dev (Ansari) is convincing as a man torn between doing the right thing, versus what he feels he wants. Worth the marathon.
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I spoke with LearnVest CEO and Founder Alexa Von Tobel, and the New York Times' Dealbook editor Andrew Ross Sorkin and Your Money columnist Ron Lieber, and asked, "What was your first reckoning with money?" Here, they share their earliest memories about earning and spending money, and their own savings tips for younger generations.
The investment industry's fiduciary rule has been delayed by the Trump administration. Are changes to Dodd-Frank regulations next? Regardless, entrants to marketplace and mortgage lending aren't wasting any time.
With the stress of buying holiday gifts for everyone else now out of the way, it’s time to treat yourself. Check out a few of my favorite things from this past year—to look good, smell good, travel good, and even do good in 2017.