Edward Snowden in “Citzenfour,” a documentary by Laura Poitras about the National Security Agency systems administrator-turned-leaker. At right: the NSA, as seen in the film.

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Edward Snowden in “Citzenfour,” a documentary by Laura Poitras about the National Security Agency systems administrator-turned-leaker.

Edward Snowden’s story unfolds in chilling ‘Citizenfour’

“Citzenfour” is prosaic in its presentation and profoundly chilling in its details, and if you think Snowden is a traitor, you should probably see it. By Ty Burr

Movie Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/HORNS_2.jpg ‘Horns’ without a point?

One morning, Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) wakes up from disturbing dreams and discovers he’s been transformed into a half-baked metaphor.

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A novel take on human comedy in ‘Listen Up Philip’

The latest from Alex Ross Perry is a portrait of a man condemned to the prison of himself while his writing sets others free.

Every so often, the stars and release schedules align for a bumper crop of exceptional movies. Ty Burr reviews "Birdman," "Whiplash," and "Dear White People" below.

Movie Review

‘Whiplash’ creates a relentless tempo

The spectacular film takes us to the edge of creative expression and then it sails right off, into the place where the monsters are.

Movie Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/10/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/x001_BM_06511.jpg Keaton reclaims his inner demon in ‘Birdman’

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a jaw-dropping stylistic wow that miraculously stays aloft for two hours.

Movie REview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/000036.2761.DEARWHITEPEOPLE_still5_TessaThompson_MarqueRichardson_JemarMichael_AshleyBlaineFeatherson__byAshelyBeireisNguyen_2013-11-30_03-58-40PM.jpg ‘Dear White People’ addresses race with humor

The ragged-but-right debut of writer-director Justin Simien welcomes a fresh sensibility into the conversation.

Shailene Woodley (top and above, with Gabourey Sidibe, and Mark Indelicato in “White Bird in a Blizzard.”

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A more mature Shailene Woodley takes flight

At 22, the actress stretches out in Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/FifiHowlsfromHappiness4.jpg ‘Fifi Howls from Happiness’ a revealing portrait of ‘Persian Picasso’

Iranian artist and filmmaker Mitra Farahani chronicles the last days of Bahman Mohassess, who has been described as the “Persian Picasso.”

documania

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Granito_filmstill3_AlejandraGarcia_byDanaLixenberg_lg1.jpg Amy Geller, from the heart

The artistic director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival shares documentaries that are particularly meaningful to her.

doc talk

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/S991_1978ClassWomenPortraitwithAstronautSuit_2_28_1979_NASA-s79-29596_viaMediaOffice_hiM-001.jpg PBS ‘Makers’ film looks at women in space

Michael Epstein’s “Makers: Women in Space” is one of six documentaries in the PBS “Makers” series about pioneering women.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/soldieryell.jpg For ‘Hearts and Minds’ director, the battle goes on

Forty years ago, Peter Davis’s 1974 documentary stirred up the hearts and minds of a country divided by the Vietnam War.

Four stars go to...

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/17kapps1--90x90.jpg Four-star reviews by the Globe

Films given four-star reviews by Globe critics Ty Burr and Janice Page and the former Globe critic Wesley Morris since 2012.

Fall Movies Preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/05/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/previewmoviefrontillo.jpg Fall movies aim high

In this season’s films, directors and actors have stories to tell and something to prove.

Movie capsules

Movie StaRS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/x011_BM_00505--90x90.jpg Short reviews of what’s in theaters

A snapshot of recent Globe reviews of movies in the theaters.

Toronto Film Festival

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JeremyJordanandAnnaKendrickinTHELASTFIVEYEARS.jpg In Toronto, what they’re talking about at the festival

Upcoming films that have had the film festival abuzz include “The Last Five Years.”