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'Birdman' flies high with rave reviews at Venice Film Festival
'Birdman' flies high with rave reviews at Venice Film Festival

"Birdman" has taken flight, and it could be some time before the Alejandro G. Inarritu-directed black comedy comes back down to earth. The film, which stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up superhero actor struggling to mount a Broadway play, opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday to stellar reviews and looks poised to be an awards-season player. Here's a spoiler-free roundup of what the critics are saying: —Variety's Peter Debruge writes, "In a year overloaded with self-aware showbiz satires, Alejandro G. Inarritu's fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup de grace — a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution,...

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