Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Laura Poitras‘ Citizenfour earned near unanimous praise when it opened, and even won the Best Documentary Feature Award at this year’s Oscars. Beyond that, it’s also been deemed capital-I important thanks to its by-the-moment coverage of Edward Snowden’s massive NSA leak. It’s the kind of movie that has critics and pundits imploring “everyone” to watch it.
But if you haven’t gotten there quite yet, fear not. Citizenfour is now easier to watch than ever because it’s streaming for free, in full, online.
Update: Sorry folks, but this was a pirated rip, albeit one dressed up to look better than most streaming piracy.
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Oliver Stone is casting up his sure to be hot-topic Edward Snowden film. He’s already got Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the infamous whistleblower and Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend. Now, he’s added the three other major roles in the film.
Oscar-winner Melissa Leo will play Laura Poitras, the journalist/filmmaker who was part of Snowden’s revelations and directed the Best Documentary Oscar nominee, CitizenFour. Zachary Quinto will play Glenn Greenwald, the journalist Snowden chooses to help release the secrets and Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson will play Ewen MacAskill, a reporter at The Guardian who fact-checked and helped break these secrets. Read more about the Edward Snowden movie casting below. Read More »
Top-ten lists can be predictable. They often feature the same 15 or so movies, recycled and reshuffled to a point where it’s pretty obvious those were the best movies of the year — or at least the ones that made it to the top of the consensus pile. But out of the hundreds of films released every year, why cut it off at ten?
This list is not the ten best movies of 2014. These are the films that almost made the cut. Numbers 11-25. I decided to feature them because, unlike my top ten, these movies are at least a bit more varied. Foreign films, independent films, documentaries, animation, the movies on this list come from all over and contain at least a few surprises in an otherwise tired format.
Make no mistake. The films I previously wrote about, in my opinion, are the ten best of 2014. But these movies are pretty damn great too. Below read my not quite top 10 movies of 2014.
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So we’ve looked at the best and worst movies of the year as rated by the largest sampling of moviegoers available publicly (IMDB). And as you know, the public opinion sometimes differs from that of professional film critics. As it should, film critics often see hundreds of new movies a year (a larger sampling of content) and have thus have a more discerning taste. So after the jump we will take a look at the best reviewed movies of 2014.
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One of the interesting things about awards season is how voters are sometimes forced to vote on certain films. Take, for example, the Oscar shortlists. A small group of people wade through the hundreds of eligible films in certain categories and then provide a shortlist. Then, nominees can only be picked from that list. So there’s really a round of nominations before the actual nominations.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences already released a shortlist for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and now they’ve made public the shortlist for Best Documentary. Plenty of fantastic films are on the list including the Roger Ebert doc Life Itself, The Overnighters, CitizenFour and Jodorowsky’s Dune. Check out the full Oscar documentary shortlist below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
One of the many reasons we’re thankful for Thanksgiving is that it cuts the work week short, giving us twice as much weekend time to spend at the movies. And there’s no shortage of titles right now to spend that time on. The only question is where to start.
To help you answer that, we’ve put together a helpful guide that (we hope) covers every base. Hit the jump for our list of 25 movies to watch this Thanksgiving. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
As various parties race to get out the first Edward Snowden biopic, the first Edward Snowden movie has already premiered. Laura Poitras‘ documentary Citizenfour debuted at the New York Film Festival over the weekend and while it won’t hit theaters for another couple of weeks, we have the first Citizenfour trailer to share with you in the meantime.
The title of the movie comes from the codename Snowden used to sign his emails to Poitras when he first contacted her. The filmmaker was already deep into work on a documentary about post-9/11 surveillance when she got his messages. Together with journalist Glenn Greenwald, she worked with Snowden to release information to the NSA’s covert surveillance programs in 2013. Watch the Citizenfour trailer, plus the Citizenfour NYFF Q&A panel, after the jump.
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