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  • Film Review: 'Birdman' flies high with stellar performances

    Film Review: 'Birdman' flies high with stellar performances
    I’ve spent much of my life as an editor, so let me get something off my chest. It’s hard to know which elements of the title of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s new film are his work and which come from some graphic designer. The ads call it “BiRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” The press kit ignores the parentheses and is inconsistent with the status of the “i” in “BiRDMAN.” Worst of all, if there has to be a subtitle, there’s no way the word “or” should be outside the parentheses, if the parentheses are appropriate at all (which they’re not.)
  • Stage Review: A Noise Within stages a storm of change

    Stage Review: A Noise Within stages a storm of change
    A stylish, seasoned approach and a fine cast led by Deborah Strang’s powerful female Prospero place “The Tempest” — Shakespeare’s odyssey of betrayal, shipwreck, dark magic, family matters and redemption — in good hands...

    DVD Review: Early Frankenheimer feature shows his promise

    Along with Olive Films and Cohen Media Group, Kino Lorber has been issuing relatively low-demand classics on Blu-ray (and DVD) in high-quality video but often with few (if any) supplements: the 1943 German “Titanic,” Mario Bava's “...

    Film Review: Reitman plumbs the hazards of technology

    Film Review: Reitman plumbs the hazards of technology
    Several early reviews of Jason Reitman's “Men, Women & Children” compare it to Paul Haggis' “Crash”: For fans of the latter, the comparisons are meant to show the inferiority of Reitman's film. For those (like me) who found “...

    Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale

    Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale
    “Automata” takes place 30 years from now, when environmental abuse has wiped out all but 21 million of us. Most of the world is a parched, radioactive wasteland. Any activity outside one of the few safe zones must be accomplished by...