Scott Cooper directed 2009’s “Crazy Heart,” his debut feature; however, you wouldn’t know it given that the film became little more than a star vehicle for Jeff Bridges, who eventually won a Best Actor Oscar for playing a washed-up musician. If “Crazy Heart” was Bridges’ showcase, “Out of the Furnace,” Cooper’s gritty and haunting follow-up, is the movie that truly shows off its maker’s chops and personality. Starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as Rust Belt-dwelling brothers Russell and Rodney Baze, it’s a star-studded, yet stripped-down, tale of blood ties and twisted justice.
Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy,” a South Korean revenge thriller from 2003, has...
It’s taken until the end of November, but viewers finally get the action movie of the year in “Catching Fire,” the second installment of “The Hunger Games” saga, based on Suzanne Collins’ novels
A seemingly humdrum chapter of the ever-growing “Avengers” saga, “Thor: The Dark World” also turns out to be an amalgam of oodles of other fantasy pictures, most notably “The Lord of the Rings,” which it mirrors from its first, exposition-heavy flashback. It also calls to mind prior films from the Marvel brand, like “The Avengers” itself, which similarly involved an ominous portal looming over an earthly city.