‘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…

Want to learn how to make money selling drugs?

Looking to get into the drug trade but aren’t really sure where to start? Never fear! On Tuesday, Baker University Center Theater will be showing the documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” on behalf of the organization REACT to FILM. REACT to FILM is a national non-profit aiming to draw attention to notable documentary filmmaking,…

‘Salinger:’ The media’s revenge

JD Salinger is one of the most famous American authors of all time, thanks to the enormous success of his novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” which continues to sell 250,000 copies annually. How many of us read “The Catcher in the Rye” in high school, either identifying completely with or despising the novel’s main…

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ wipes out the competition

Paying homage to the extensive world of video games past and present, “Wreck-It Ralph” is a true contender for most original animated film of the year. “Wreck-It Ralph” leads with an animated short appropriately named “Paperman,” an affectionately contrived boy-meets-girl tale that masterfully mixes CG with hand-drawn animation. Drawn in black-and-white, ‘Paperman’ evokes the magic…

‘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…