'By Sidney Lumet'
In the canon of great New York filmmakers, Sidney Lumet ranks near the top — few directors could capture the ebb and flow of Gotham during the Horror City era better than the man behind Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon. So while Nancy Buirski's documentary has been making the festival rounds since its premiere at Cannes last year, there is no better place to catch it then at its NYC premiere here. Having a filmmaker take about his career in between clips can often be a lazy go-to proposition; this deftly edited mix of scenes from The Wiz, Network, etc. and Lumet shedding light on his past and process proves that, with the right mix of subject and technique, you can still make magic with a warhorse format. DF