Instead of embracing any semblance of light and levity left over from his first film, filmmaker Scott Cooper’s highly anticipated follow-up to his 2009 hit ‘Crazy Heart’ goes straight for the darkness, never quite emerging on the other side of it, much to the detriment of both the feature and its audience.
Cooper’s ‘Out of the Furnace’ is a miserable experience, and though that seems to be entirely the point, that doesn’t mean it needs to come with such little redeeming value, at least as it applies to the film’s emotional stakes. The first act runs through a series of ever-increasing bad situations, bad acts, bad decisions, and bad accidents, but it's a lack of emotional investment that keep them from hitting with any sort of impact. It’s just one big stew of bad stuff, and the only interesting thing about it is waiting for everything to inevitably boil over.
Christian Bale might be done as Batman, but that doesn't mean he's done seeking vengeance for a family member against a crime syndicate in a corrupt town. It's not 'The Dark Knight' but it's 'Out of the Furnace' and it could win Bale another Oscar. Don't believe us? Watch the trailer and see for yourself.
Over the decades, the 'Star Trek' franchise has been a lot of things, but it's never really been about action. Director JJ Abrams pushed this universe in that direction with his 2009 reboot, but there's no denying it with 'Star Trek Into Darkness': this thing is an action movie through and through. Two newly released images from the film do little to change that particular perception.
Part of the burden that comes with something as big as 'Star Wars: Episode 7' is the constant chatter of which stars might be boarding a "galaxy far, far away." Thanks to J.J. Abrams' involvement in the new trilogy, everyone's been wondering whether or not he'll be bringing over some of his 'Star Trek Into Darkness' talent into the new 'Star Wars' universe. Now that Zoe Saldana has expressed interest and may even fight for a part, will this become a reality?
It seems one of the hardest things to do in Hollywood is get a Bio-pic made about a famous musician. Perhaps Oliver Stone's 'The Doors' is to blame. Regardless, we've seen recent movement on some famous bio-pics recently, and we've just heard that Zoe Saldana is now attached to play Nina Simone in 'Nina.'
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