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  • ‘Citizenfour’: Sound the alarm

    October 21, 2014


    What is most astonishing, as you watch Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” is how calm everyone is. At least at first. The next most astonishing thing? How quietly rational all these people are, particularly considering the volcano of invective that their actions would unleash against them. These people are, really, one man: Edward Snowden, the NSA consultant and analyst who [...] More »

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  • Theodore Melfi and the coming of ‘St. Vincent’

    October 9, 2014


      Having plumbed his own life for material for his new film, “St. Vincent,” writer-director Theodore Melfi could probably do the same thing with the story of how the film got made. Specifically, his pursuit of the elusive, peripatetic Bill Murray – who plays the title character, an alcoholic who winds up as an unwilling surrogate father to [...] More »


  • NYFF52: The more things change…

    October 3, 2014


    I’ve been covering the New York Film Festival since 1987 and have, over the years, developed a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, as an institution (specifically, Film Society of Lincoln Center) and as a festival. This year’s festival, the 52nd, hits its halfway point today and I will admit that, while I’ve seen several of [...] More »