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    Oscar Nominee Christian Bale Holds His Roles to a High Standard, from 'American Hustle' to 'Out of the Furnace,' on DVD/Blu-ray March 11

    Christian Bale has shown intensity, shape-shifting and commitment in roles that are more consistently memorable than most actors can claim over a long career. He doesn't agree-- a sign of the high standards to which he holds himself. Clearly he knows how to pick roles-- and deliver. He finally lande...

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    Box Office: 'Frozen' Freezes Out 'Catching Fire,' 'Out Of The Furnace' Fizzles

    Oh, the weather outside is... Well, it's not that frightful yet—but it is a tad chilly. In that winter wonderland spirit, audiences flooded to "Frozen" over fellow holdover "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and newcomer "Out of the Furnace."

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    This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-...

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    Review: Powerful & Confused 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale & Casey Affleck

    In telling the story of a fundamentally decent man's descent into violence and retribution, Scott Cooper's “Out of the Furnace” plants its cues of chilly neo-noir in the claustrophobic corners of America's Rust Belt, and then nearly gets away with its own high-minded meditations. Loyalty and consequ...

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    Out of the Furnace

    Director and co-writer Scott Cooper never finds a way to transform his working-class parable into a meaningful story in "Out of the Furnace."

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    Casey Affleck On His PTSD Research For ‘Out Of The Furnace’, Christopher Nolan’s Working Methods On ‘Interstellar’ & More

    It’s hard not to feel that instead of a mild, fleeting upset of Hollywood traditions with the Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” “I’m Still Here," its director Casey Affleck was aiming more for an industry meltdown on par with that of Phoenix’s in the film. However, the town was stubborn, and punished Af...

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    Christian Bale in the Brutal, Steel-Town Drama 'Out Of The Furnace'

    In Steve McQueen's artful 12 Years a Slave and Peter Berg's fraught Lone Survivor (opening soon), the violence is difficult to sit through, but worth it for those films' serious drama and wrenching realism. Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace doesn't come close to justifying its extreme brutality. Thi...

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    ‘Out Of The Furnace’ Director Scott Cooper Talks Fluid Narratives, Burden Of Expectations & ‘Lie Down In Darkness’

    When Scott Cooper, the actor-turned-writer/director who led Jeff Bridges to Oscar glory with 2009’s “Crazy Heart,” found himself in the position to make a sophomore film, he knew the downfalls, the expectations. “I had this pile of scripts that were daunting and beautifully written, some of which ha...

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    12 Films To See In December

    Christmas is coming, which means annoying family members giving you an excuse to hit the movie theater if only to escape from their incessant babbling. Or maybe that’s just how I settle things in my family? Regardless, in honor of the twelfth month, this month’s Must-See List is celebrating its own ...

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