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Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - JUSTIN CHANG "Birdman" Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it's the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like "Black Swan" as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York) "From What Is Before" The extreme length is inseparable from...

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