'Birdman,' a thrilling movie masterpiece

October 24, 2014 7:05 AM

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At the beginning of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton's brooding, jittery Riggan Thomson, a Hollywood star faded from view, is in the lotus position, in his underpants, meditating. In his own mind at least (and isn't that what meditation is all about?), he is doing transcendent stuff.

Like its cross-legged protagonist - famous way-back-when as the titular superhero of a blockbuster franchise, and now trying to reclaim his career, his legitimacy, and his soul by staging his adaptation of a Raymond Carver story on Broadway - Birdman operates on a whole other plane of existence. It ...

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