Icarus (NC16)

Starring Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov

Directed by Bryan Fogel

This gripping docu — easily one of the year’s best — starts out as an experiment: Amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel, inspired by Lance Armstrong’s doping confession, uses himself as a guinea pig (a la Super Size Me) to prove just how easy it is to cheat in sports. (It is, actually.) But he ends up with a powder keg of an exposé on a long-running, state-sponsored Russian doping programme with possible links to President Vladimir Putin. On Netflix. (****)


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