NOW SHOWING
Snowden

Show Times:

Fri 9/30 thru Thu 10/6, 5:00pm & 7:30pm daily
2:30pm Matinee on Sunday

Action, Biography, Drama
Rated: R
Running Time: 134 minutes

In real life, and now in Oliver Stone’s new film, Edward Snowden comes off as a bit of a cipher, a blank, but the issues swirling around his disclosures of NSA domestic spying are anything but. The film reveals that Snowden was never a bomb-throwing radical, but a conservative devoted to his country. The movie begins with him training to be a Ranger, and follows his journey into the intelligence community, where he becomes disillusioned, convinced that the best way he can serve his country is by revealing its darkest secrets. The media has always belittled Stone for his political views, but Snowden is not what we have learned to expect from him. There’s plenty of suspense and excitement, but it’s sober, rather than splashy, which makes it hard to shrug off. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perfect as Snowden, and the rest of the cast—Melissa Leo as Laura Poitras, Zachary Quinto as Glenn Greenwald, and Nicolas Cage as a CIA lifer—give the film depth and authority.—Peter Biskind

“Oliver Stone’s Snowden [is] a quiet, crisply drawn portrait of the world’s most celebrated whistle-blower…Mr. Stone has made an honorable and absorbing contribution to the imaginative record of our confusing times.”—A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Stone’s exile in the desert of overheated irrelevance has now ended. Snowden isn’t just the director’s most exciting work since Nixon (1995) – it’s the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years.”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Snowden is worth watching for the ideas and arguments it inspires, and for the layers of a still-mysterious character it reveals.”—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post