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03.08.2014 | | Posted at 09:41 AM

Christian Bale heads a superb cast

By David Luhrssen
  As usual, Christian Bale loses himself entirely in his role. In Out of the Furnace (out on Blu-ray and DVD), Bale plays Russell, a blue-collar man who usually keeps a level head, whether working with a welding torch at the steel mill, caring for his dying dad or trying to talk sense to his irresponsible kid brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck). He’s a good guy beset by ba...
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Christian Bale tops an excellent cast

 Russell (Christian Bale) usually keeps a level head, whether working with a welding torch at the steel mill, caring for his dying dad or trying to talk sense to his irresponsible kid brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck). Even when he’s sent to prison for manslaughter after a drunken car accident
04.21.2010 | | Posted at 09:41 AM

Oscar Winner on DVD

By David Luhrssen
The romance of being a bad-to-the-bone rambling man had long since faded into a drab routine for the �70s-era outlaw country singer called Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges). When we first meet him in CrazyHeart, Blake is 57 and broke; he drinks whiskey like water and smokes like a dirty fireplace. Driving himself in a �78 Silverado, he pulls into another desolate town for a bowling-alley gig he can bar...
Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

Golden Globe winner Ready for the Oscars?

For years, Scott Cooper plugged away in Hollywood as an actor. Stardom eluded him. Now, he has created quite a splash as the screenwriter and director of the critically acclaimed Crazy Heart. The film chronicles Bad Blake, a down-and-out country singer/songwriter. Once a rising force, he’s become encumbered with numerous ex-wives and a serious drinking problem...

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