I have never been a fan of Oliver Stone or Kevin Costners work, but this is the one exception. "JFK" is a fine example of great filmmaking and no movie before or since has yet blended 'real life' TV/film footage into its narrative so well. It does this in such a way that makes it seem almost like a documentary with a fast pace and a complex theory. Stone's theory at the end is way too elaborate and full of too many holes to actually have been carried off (the Government only wishes it was that organised) but it does make for great filmmaking.At 3+ hours its a long haul tough and aside from the great introduction by Martin Sheen, the opening hour has practically nothing going on in it and that's the only real fault. The family scenes also feel a bit strained at times too, but things do pick up quite well as it progresses. Performances are solid across the board with a HUGE amount of famous faces playing the supporting characters from the likes of John Candy as a guy who seems to only speak in fluent Jive through to Gary Oldman in a career making turn as the 'patsy' Lee Harvey Oswald. However my personal favourite remains Donald Sutherland as 'X', the character which has spawned imitators (Chris Carter says 'Deep Throat' on "The X-Files" was based on Sutherland's character) and is not only the most interesting character in the movie, but the conversation he and Costner have is the true centerpoint of the whole feature and comes up with some very logical theories.The cinematography, the script, the production design is all spot on - it may be long but its a journey worth taking. The Director's Cut adds a few scenes, mainly resolving the argument between Costner and his main friend and showing some early moments related to the trial (the theatrical cut rushes right into it). There's also a strange bit in which it appears someone sets Costner up to appear to be soliciting sex in a mens room but he doesn't fall for it and escapes quickly. The new scenes aren't really needed, they just extended it further really and were understandably cut.