| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:05 AM
A cool, steady stream of anxiety, Laura Poitras' documentary "Citizenfour" draws from the visual language and buggy paranoia of the best-known 1970s political thrillers: "The Conversation," "The Parallax View," "Three Days of the Condor," "All the...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 10:00 PM
** (out of four)
To an extent, it’s gripping to watch a major international story break while hanging out with the whistleblower. In “CitizenFour,” director Laura Poitras is there in 2013 as Edward Snowden, the former NSA analyst who...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 12:30 PM
PARIS -- Some warped minds believe that when a nation suffers a terrorist attack, it somehow deserved it and should set about doing some soul searching. Implicit in this argument is the notion that the attacker was somehow justified in his heinous actions...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Twenty minutes before "All in the Family" was to debut on the East Coast, Norman Lear was threatening to walk out in protest over CBS censors' threats to remove one line from the show. On the latest episode of Variety's "PopPolitics," airing Thursdays...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 2:30 PM
"Citizenfour" rode the national debate over Edward Snowden to a smashing debut at the art house box office this weekend, positioning itself as one of the year's few documentary success stories.
The intimate account of the computer analyst's decision to...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 4:30 PM
"Citizenfour" enjoyed a strong box office debut this weekend along with some very good reviews. The reaction from the subject of the movie, Edward Snowden, was of reluctance at being at the center of a story that needed to be told.
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
This in essence is the message of "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras' highly anticipated documentary on Edward Snowden's decision to expose the National Security Agency's ravenous appetite for clandestinely collecting the personal...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 2:24 PM
The leaks of celebrity photos stored on iCloud or exchanged via Snapchat have focused the public's attention on how insecure their data are.
And yet FBI Director James Comey is trying to persuade us that we face the opposite risk: The personal data on...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 5:28 AM
U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases....
| Oct 16, 2014
| 1:30 PM
As a young Republican in 1969, Leon Panetta joined the Nixon administration as the director of the Office of Civil Rights. Panetta worked to integrate Southern schools, but after discovering that Richard Nixon's White House was trying to delay...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The word "risky" is thrown around often in the film world, usually when personalities embark on a new direction or a commercially challenging project.
But Oscar-nominated director Laura Poitras faced a different type of hazard with her latest film,...