Movie review: Out of the Furnace a manly melodrama (with video)
Out of the Furnace Three stars out of five Starring: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker Directed by: Scott Cooper Running time: 117 minutes Parental guidance: Violence, coarse language, drug use Bleeding […]
Movie review: Bale brings the heat to ‘Out of the Furnace’
With only two movies — the country-music drama “Crazy Heart” and now the gritty “Out of the Furnace” — director Scott Cooper has carved out a niche as the go-to guy for dark character studies of people at the end of life’s tether. In “Out of the Furnace,” it’s two men who are being treated roughly by the breaks in their life. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) is a hard-working guy in a Pennsylvania ...
Movie review: A fallen hero speaks in ‘Armstrong Lie’
The fascinating and perplexing documentary “The Armstrong Lie” was not the documentary that filmmaker Alex Gibney intended to make, but it is the story he needed to tell. Gibney had started out making a documentary about cyclist Lance Armstrong’s 2009 comeback attempt, his drive to return to cycling and win an eighth Tour de France title — and put to rest a career’s worth of rumors and ...
Movie review: 'About Time'
Ed Symkus reviews movies for GateHouse News Service. A longtime features writer and film critic for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, he can often be found at film junkets talking with celebrities. Find out what they have to say here.
Movie review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' -- 4 stars
Photo credit: Oscar Isaac, left, and Justin Timberlake in "Inside Llewyn Davis." (CBS Films) "Inside Llewyn Davis" begins with the chattering of a crowd, the tuning of a guitar, a close-up on a microphone and an emotional rendition of the folk standard "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" by star Oscar Isaac.
Movie Review: The White Storm (NC16)
Hong Kong director Benny Chan is fond of revelling in excess. Too much, if you ask me. His latest movie, drug-themed thriller The White Storm, boasts high-octane choreography and explosive action set pieces. But just like Chan's previous efforts, City ...