BIRDMAN

Birdman

BIRDMAN  * * 1 / 2

Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis. Screenplay by Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

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JOHN WICK

John Wick 2

John Wick teases clichés while embracing them. The slender storyline exists mainly as a clothesline on which to hang one glorious, hellzapoppin’ set-piece after another – eventually reaching gonzo heights of balletic dismemberment. The movie is a wondrous spectacle of loud colors, intricate design and beautiful, fluid movement.” – Movie Mezzanine, 10/24/2014

THE IRISH PUB

The Irish Pub

“If you spend as much time hanging out in bars as I do you’ll probably find it delightful. Fegan favors straight-on shots from a patron’s point-of-view, occasionally interrupted by afternoon customers. It’s a relaxed, unassuming picture that breezes by in a slight 75 minutes, pausing once in awhile for a song before heading out for another pint in another town.” – North Shore Movies, 10/23/2014

KILL THE MESSENGER

kILL

“Jeremy Renner is, at heart, a weirdo character actor whose live-wire performance in The Hurt Locker resulted in Hollywood mistakenly shoving him into leading man parts for which he’s ill-equipped. Whether flinging arrows as the lamest Avenger or starring as The Bourne Lazenby, he feels strait-jacketed in straight roles.” – North Shore Movies, 10/15/2014