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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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

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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

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THE JUDGE

The Judge

THE JUDGE * 1 / 2

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton. Screenplay by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque. Directed by David Dobkin.

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LEFT BEHIND

Left Behind

“Cage bottoms out big-time with this chintzy reboot of a Christian movie franchise that previously starred noted Stephen Hawking-debunker and evangelical pest Kirk Cameron. Left Behind has the flimsy sets and tinny synthesizer score (not to mention the character names) of a 1980’s porn flick. and Nic’s embarrassment comes through in his performance.” – North Shore Movies, 10/05/2014

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