Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is not a superhero movie. It’s a movie about what happens to superheroes after they hang up their masks. The film centers around Riggan Thompson, (Michael Keaton) a washed up actor best known for playing Birdman who attempts to mount a comeback by starring in a play he writes and directs. But when he loses a cast member right before the play is set to debut, he’s forced to bring on veteran Broadway actor Mike Shiner(Edward Norton). Thompson is forced to make adjustments to his play, all while dealing with a frustrated girlfriend, an upset ex-wife and a bitter daughter fresh out of rehab (Emma Stone) all while Thompson’s flustered friend/ manager Jake (Zach Galifianakis) tries to hold the play together.
Director Ira Sach’s latest offering, Love is Strange is slow and deliberate, but undeniably charming.
The Guest is quite possibly the most endearing slasher film ever made.
Gone Girl is one of the most unnerving and simultaneously gripping films you will experience this year. At risk of spoiling your own experience with the film, I will try to keep as many spoilers as possible out of this review. But the basic premise of the film is that a man, Nick Dunne, comes home one day to find that his wife Amy is missing and he soon becomes the prime suspect. Though as the clues begin to present themselves Nick and the town begins asking the same question: “What really happened to Amy Dunne?”
World-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall spoke to a packed crowd at the Missouri Arena on Wednesday. Nearly 5,000 people attended her lecture, entitled “Sowing the Seeds of Hope.” Dr. Goodall achieved worldwide renown through her work with chimpanzees, and has been a U.N. Messenger of Peace since 2002.
“We’re not trash, we’re good people.” In American society people are judged on intelligence, appearance, and socioeconomic status. But as thirteen year old Andrew will tell you, these judgments and labels are so often inaccurate.
Last week, Ragtag Cinema welcomed the movie Frank. Directed by critically acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank is an offbeat drama infused with comical humor. The film tells the story a man named Frank, who is played by Michael Fassbender. Fassbender, starred in the recent movies 12 years A Slave and X-Men: Days of future Past.
In Under the Skin, director Jonathan Glazer takes viewers on a visual journey like none other. An extensive number of surreal scenes occur as alien Scarlett Johansson (or Laura, as her character is actually named) scours the Scottish roadways, posing as a human to lure lone men back to her lair.
The affair between British author Charles Dickens and his mistress, actress Nelly Ternan, lasted for 13 years, until the author’s death in 1870. In The Invisible Woman, the newest film by Ralph Fiennes, the actor-director paints a slow-burning tableau of their life together, crafting less of a story than a series of vignettes that continue to haunt Nelly after she marries and establishes a family of her own.