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Birdman

4 Stars (out of 4)

Michael Keaton is a great actor, and he may at last have found his great role, in the new Birdman, subtitled, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). That may sound like a strange statement about a guy who made so many lowbrow comedies, a couple of Batman movies, and, since then, a string of nearly-forgotten films. But, like Bill Murray and Jim Carrey, Keaton understands how comedy is part of a physical performance, how laughter is intertwined with pain and longing. A comedian like Keaton struggles in the open with these things. For him, there's a great deal at stake. There's a great deal at stake, also, for Keaton's character Riggan Thomson. He was a success many years ago in three Birdman superhero movies, and now has decided to make his Broadway debut... More...

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