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Birdman

Amy - AV March 13, 2015

This year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture is Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as Riggan Thompson, an actor who is beyond his prime and is hoping to revive his career with a leading role in his own Broadway production.  The movie, which is filmed in long, one-shot sequences, brings us into Thompson’s tortured world as he tries to deal with his past, his relationships, and the chaotic and frantic pace of the theater.  In the film, Thompson is plagued by self-doubt (which literally follows him around in the form of Birdman, his past iconic superhero role), and also by his need to be loved by the public.  The story, which at times is dark and confusing, and weaves in and out of reality, has its comedic moments and will keep you guessing and truly invested in its characters.  The acting is superb (supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone are amazing), and if you enjoy intense human drama, you will definitely like Birdman.  Overall Rating: B

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