Emma Stone

LA LA LAND Review: A Love Letter to L.A.

Focusing on a pair of romantics who dare to dream, La La Land writer-director Damien Chazelle has crafted a delirious love letter to the City of Angels in all its traffic-congested, sun-drenched, movie-making glory. (more…)

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IRRATIONAL MAN Review: Woody Allen’s Latest Mixes Philosophy & Murder

Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are a knockout pair of actors and Woody Allen is prolific enough (steadily churning out a movie a year) that he can’t help but hit the mark occasionally (see Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine for recent examples). Irrational Man has a chance at greatness, but does it fall into the increasingly large pile of Allen’s many misses? (more…)

Birdman Review

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Self-consciously clever and provocatively satirical, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is an ambitious, acid-tongued oddity. It skewers actors, Hollywood, comic-book movies, social media, and most everything else that’s populist and prevalent in our society. It fights pretension with pretension and it’s a movie that just may hate movies. Challenging but technically impressive, Birdman’s also laden with a murderer’s row of actors doing their level best and orbits around an amazing central performance from a re-ignited Michael Keaton at his unhinged peak. If nothing else, Birdman will convince audiences that Keaton may have been dealt a bum hand following his Batman heyday but (more…)