“The Armstrong Lie”: Riding circles around the truth

Lance Armstrong

“The Armstrong Lie” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. R, 2:03, three stars out of four.

“Lance Armstrong!” my daughter said when she saw “The Armstrong Lie” on our television. “That’s the astronaut, right?”

Close enough. For years, Lance was a hero on a par with Neil, not just one of the world’s top athletes but an inspiring cancer survivor and engaging celebrity. Sure, he was dogged by rumors of doping from his first of seven Tour de France wins in 1999, but which story would you rather believe?

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Sundance screening room returns with Oscar shorts, “The Great Beauty,” “The Armstrong Lie”

Lance Armstrong

It’s been a long winter’s nap for the Sundance Cinemas Screening Room schedule, which devotes a screen at the west side cinema to independent, foreign and documentary films. The series typically takes a late-autumn break so Sundance can have the big Oscar contenders pumping on all six screens.

But with the Oscar nominees all set and everything pretty much out, it’s time for the series to fire up again. Fittingly, it starts this Friday, Feb. 7 with screenings of all the Oscar nominated short films — live action, animated and short documentaries. It’s a rare and welcome chance to see short film programming at Sundance — I’ll have reviews later this week, but the animated films are especially good this year.

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