Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro González Iñárritu presents a pointed satire; he also makes the choice to not have sympathetic characters. This combination is bold, and while it makes for an interesting experience, it’s also not particularly pleasant. Adding to that is Antonio Sanchez’s music (drums dominating the score is unusual, somewhat unsettling) and the illusion of a single take making up almost the whole length (the lack of punctuation given by traditional editing is also unsettling). The craft is superb: Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione’s editing seamlessly combine Emmanuel Lubezki’s images (and the cinematography’s beauty here goes beyond the camera ballet; if the shots were not as well-lit as they are, the result would be underwhelming). Acting is also top-notch, electric; Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton play their characters, as well as off each other, beautifully. This film certainly speaks loudly to the mind, but it’s not easy to connect to.