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‘Disaster Artist’ makes the most out of the pursuit of the American Dream

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Disaster ArtistMidway through “The Disaster Artist,” aspiring actor Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is seen performing in a stage production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” He plays Biff Loman, and we see his final confrontation with his father, Willy. “What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself when all I want is out there waiting for me the moment I say I know who I am?”

The brief scene encapsulates several of the key themes of “The Disaster Artist,” the recently released film adaptation of Sestero’s non-fiction memoir about his experiences in the production of the cult film “The Room.” Like Miller’s play, the film is an examination of the costs of the pursuit of the American Dream, of the difference between one’s place in the world and one’s perception of same, though certainly more lighthearted and comic in tone.

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Stone's new movie "Snowden" shows everyone who is watching who

Gordon-Levitt as SnowdenJoseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character in Oliver Stone's new film "Snowden." COURTESY PHOTO Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a biopic of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of that agency’s domestic spying operations, is a serious, well-made, and genuinely frightening film.

Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the movie, based on the books “The Snowden Files” by Luke Harding and “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena.

Stone met personally with Snowden multiple times in Russia, where he has lived under political asylum during the last three years, while researching the film.

Open Road Films, which last year brought “Spotlight” to the big screen, produced the movie.

“Snowden” is framed by the title character, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, meeting in Hong Kong in 2013 with filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo).

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