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So much of the “debate” about Edward Snowden (He’s an old-school American patriot! No, he’s a Putinist apparatchik!) is unstomachable on the best of days, I was honestly hoping Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour would expand on the cold, hard findings of the young NSA whistleblower-in-exile. Instead, the film is something less square, largely content to serve as a corresponding visual document of the epic scoop shared by Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald in June 2013;...
Matías Piñeiro's Princess of France played at the 52nd New York Film Festival on Sunday and Monday. Cinema Guild will release the film theatrically. Princess Of France kicks off with a long, dazzlingly choreographed single take of a nocturnal soccer game, as graphic an illustration of the moment’s particulate matter as it is a foreshadowing of the movie’s borderline-oppressive formalism. (That the scrimmage is itself a prelude to the first dialogue scene—a rehearsal for a...
Nick Broomfield's Tales of the Grim Sleeper plays this evening and tomorrow afternoon at the 52nd New York Film Festival. The film has been acquired for distribution by HBO Documentary Films. In 2010, South Central resident Lonnie Franklin, Jr. was arrested on ten counts of murder, one of suspected murder; his house yielded a cache of hundreds of nameless photos of black women, blood-stained clothing, hours and of hours of video footage. His nickname in...

#NYFF 2014: ’71

'71 played last night, and screens again tonight, at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Roadside Attractions will release the film theatrically next year. No bones about it: ‘71 is a boiling-hot piece of action cinema. In this whiz-bang thrill-ride debut, filmmaker Yann Demange not only demonstrates a sublime understanding of the mechanics of chasing people through physical space, but also makes a worthy stab at a shoot-em-up that’s not entirely insulting to the historical...

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