‘Birdman’ soars in its commentary of show business, modern fame

“Birdman” is a triumph on every level, effectively ridiculing the modern state of fame and show business while also telling an emotionally compelling story. The success starts with the skilled direction by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who immerses the viewer into the high-stress, boom-or-bust realm of the entertainment industry. González Iñárritu, whose already garnered several directorial Oscar…

‘Take This Waltz’ delivers refreshing take on romance

A young woman questions the permanence of her otherwise happy marriage when a handsome stranger moves in across the street, creating humorous drama between her and her husband through awkward and/or horrifying situations. While this plot may seem like a contrivance of the contemporary romantic comedy genre, writer and director Sarah Polley breathes an unflinchingly…