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Why Oliver Stone Is Still Hopeful About The Power of Movies After The ‘Nightmare’ of Making ‘Snowden’

26 June 2016 11:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oliver Stone would be the first person to tell you that the power of cinema is ephemeral — “beautiful ephemera,” in his own words, but ephemera nonetheless — but that doesn’t mean the filmmaker behind such landmark films as “JFK” and “Born on the Fourth of July” doesn’t also believe that movies can leave their mark on the world.

Stone is all over this year’s Nantucket Film Festival, where he was honored over the weekend with the festival’s prestigious Screenwriters Tribute Award. At the Saturday night event, Stone accepted his honor from fellow filmmaker Bennett Miller, before using his acceptance speech as a time to reflect on his career and what’s next.

It was a fine warmup for Sunday morning’s main event, during which Stone took to the stage of Nantucket High School to participate in an hour-long “In Their Shoes” chat as led by documentarian Eugene Jarecki. »

- Kate Erbland

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What to Watch After ‘Making a Murderer’

29 January 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Making a Murderer,” the Netflix true-crime series that debuted in December, is a phenomenon not just because it spins a fascinating, enraging and almost unbelievable yarn. People can’t stop talking about the story of crime and punishment in small-town Wisconsin in part because it exposes not just individual mistakes and acts of misconduct, but inconvenient truths about a disturbing array of blind spots that lurk within the overall criminal justice system.

As a lifetime resident of one of Wisconsin’s neighboring states, I’m used to Hollywood portraying residents of flyover country more or less as Hobbits: Midwestern characters are often salt of the earth, well-intentioned, stubborn and a little dumb. Some of the details of the case at the heart of “Making a Murderer” are almost hopelessly muddled by this point, but whatever your position on defendant Steven Avery’s guilt or innocence, the series makes it clear »

- Maureen Ryan

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