Programming the Slammer Film Festival

Running thoughts on movies and their makings.
July 5 2005 1:19 PM

Programming the Slammer Film Festival

Readers choose the most enlightening fare for Judith Miller.

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Trish Stetson argues for looking at the bigger picture with The Usual Suspects: "As any good investigator knows, sometimes the person telling the story is the story."

Thanks to everyone who e-mailed—I could have cited you all. Now, here's my choice for closing night of our Slammer Film Festival, as suggested by Steve Mirkin:

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The Killing Fields: "Roland Joffé's 1984 film has always felt like a didactic exercise. However, if we're talking about something to educate Judy Miller about a New York Times reporter who really, really, really had a good reason to protect a source, this is a pretty dramatic example."...10:20 a.m. P.T.

David Edelstein is Slate's film critic. You can read his reviews in "Reel Time" and in "Movies." He can be contacted at slatemovies@slate.com.