Traitor or whistleblower?

"Citizenfour" (R, Anchor Bay) is a you-are-there portrait of Edward Snowden, traitor or whistleblower — take your pick. It was filmed in 2013 by director Laura Poitras as the NSA data research specialist met journalist Glenn Greenwald in a Hong Kong hotel. Their interviews were conducted to begin news reporting of Snowden's exposure of secret government surveillance programs tracking hundreds of millions of Americans' e-mails and phone calls. The conversations are detailed and dramatic, although they don't reach the crescendos of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' doomsday soundtrack. Extras include a New York Times talk with the principals and the late David Carr.

Colin Covert