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'Birdman': Critics flock to praise Michael Keaton black comedy
'Birdman': Critics flock to praise Michael Keaton black comedy

"Birdman," Alejandro G. Inarritu's black comedy starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up superhero actor trying to get his mojo back with a Broadway play, has been in fine feather since debuting to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival in August. Now playing in New York and Los Angeles, "Birdman" is garnering another round of praise, with critics commending Keaton's bravura performance and Inarritu's precise yet dynamic direction. The Times' Betsy Sharkey says Keaton and Inarritu "know precisely how to calibrate this flight of fancy for maximum effect," and the resulting "surrealist portrait of modern times and the cult of celebrity...

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