“Birdman” is a tour de force, a heady mix of dark comedy and psychic meltdown with energy vibrating from every frame. Writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, star Michael Keaton (in a bravura performance) and a terrific supporting cast deliver a movie unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The film functions more as an indictment of the American workplace and a piercing character study, with Jake Gyllenhaal following up the fine work he did in the cryptic “Enemy” with his best-ever performance.
Disney and Marvel set the nerd world on fire this week when they released their slate of superhero movies through the next five years. Which means between now and the end of 2020, we’ll see some 27 comic-based films.
"Ouija" grossed an estimated $20 million at the box office this weekend and outspooked the Keanu Reeves action film "John Wick," while "Birdman" and "St. Vincent" also performed strongly as they expanded to more theaters.
Jake Gyllenhaal has played a variety of guys, from vulnerable to secretive to downright spooky, but Louis Bloom has got to be his oddest, most fascinating creation yet. The disarming and wholly engrossing way he develops this cryptic character, on top of first-time director Dan Gilroy's knack for subtly building suspense before lowering the boom, makes "Nightcrawler" one of the year's most satisfying and original thrillers.
The term "nightcrawler" refers to a group of blurry-eyed videographers who roam the streets of major cities feeding on the pain and misery of others. These camera-packing scavengers look to capture footage of some of humanity's worst moments ï¿½" murder, robbery, car crashes ï¿½" to sell to the highest bidding TV station news department. This relationship works because the only motivation on both sides is to be the first to show the worst of who we are as a people.