'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'

August 28, 2014 5:25 PM

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'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A quarter-century after "Batman" ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles -- hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch -- a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star's attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton's career.

Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the "Mr. Mom" star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature -- and who didn't get nearly the same boost from working with...

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