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Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On

Birdman



In the role of his career to date, Michael Keaton plays faded Hollywood star Riggan Thomson, who is attempting to reignite his career by writing, starring in and directing a Broadway adaption of a short story.

As the pressure builds before opening night, Riggan begins to lose his grip on reality and his old alter ego Birdman emerges, chastising him for his failure while giant robotic crows scale skyscrapers and fireballs rain to earth.

Not only is Keaton’s performance transfixing, his supporting cast also excel themselves. Zach Galifianakis proves he is capable of much more than dopey comic relief, while Emma Stone’s portrayal of Riggan’s long-suffering daughter is poignant and heartfelt.

The fact that this film has picked up more than 100 awards from critics already, with dozens more still pending, including Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, as well as six others, should really tell you everything you need to know about Birdman. Go and see it, now!

Verdict: 4/5

Black Sea

Confined to a cramped and rusting old Soviet sub, a group of men – half British and half Russian – go in search of millions of dollars worth of gold that sank to the bottom of the Black Sea with the Nazi U-boat that was transporting it during World War Two. Cabin fever is rife in the pressure-cooker environment and as tempers begin to flare, the inherent greed of man becomes apparent. Gripping and claustrophobic, this tense thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.

Verdict: 3/5

The Book of Life

Manolo (Diego Luna) is a conflicted hero who finds himself part of a love triangle, competing with Joaquin (Channing Tatum) for the heart of Maria (Zoe Saldana). Little does the trio know that the outcome of their romantic struggle is the subject of a wager between two deities. With Guillermo del Toro on board as producer, you know you’re in for something special and The Book of Life does not disappoint. The quirky animated story is set across three fantastical worlds and will have both adults and kids laughing out loud.

Verdict: 3/5

Preview: Behaving Badly

When the most popular girl in school breaks up with her boyfriend, awkward teenager Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) sees his window of opportunity and makes a wager with his friend that he can seduce Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez) before Arbor Day. What follows is a riotous rollercoaster of a comedy with a sidesplitting support cast.

Bollywatch: Shamitabh

Shamitabh is an ode to they joy of being part of the cinema industry and tells the story of two people who come together for a common purpose, but ultimately drift apart in a clash of egos. The concept may sound serious, but Dhanush, who plays the lead in his second Hindi film, has assured audiences that they’re in for a fun-filled movie about fulfilling your dreams.