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

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 8, 2013 1:44 PM
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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."

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

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 5, 2013 3:07 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
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 consequence collide in the “Crazy Heart” director's sophomore feature (from Cooper's rewrite of a script originally by Brad Inglesby), but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

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

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 4, 2013 2:01 PM
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Out of the Furnace
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 Affleck and Phoenix for their attempts with indifference -- the best move was to act as if nothing had occurred.

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

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 3, 2013 4:18 PM
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Out of The Furnace
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 have come out this year and last, but I didn't really feel an emotional connection to them,” he said

12 Films To See In December

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • December 2, 2013 12:26 PM
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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 twelve days of Christmas with two additional movies worth seeing. What do you have planned for your Christmas movie watching list? Check our list (twice) below.

Watch: Over 1 Hour Of Interviews With Christian Bale For 'Out Of The Furnace'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • November 29, 2013 10:01 AM
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Out Of The Furnace, Christian Bale
Christian Bale is a chameleon; a man who enjoys putting himself through torture (in an acting sense) to achieve the proper character (see his work in “The Machinist” as proof). With two very different films coming out within weeks of each other, Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Bale is, once again, the man of the hour. So let’s take a look at a few interviews with him, shall we?

Watch: New Clip & 15 New Photos Of 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 17, 2013 9:51 AM
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Out Of The Furnace, Affleck, Christian Bale
Directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"), "Out Of The Furnace," is an dramatic thriller about brothers that stars Christian Bale along with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.

Watch: Extended TV Spot & New Pics For 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale & Casey Affleck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 5:53 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
AFI Film Festival premiered Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" over the weekend, and we were there. And the verdict? Well, according to Charlie Schmidlin, the film starts strong but loses power by time the third act rolls around, essentially "creating a complexity rather than letting its characters show us one." Still, for those of waiting anxious to see the film nonetheless, it's still one high on our watch list before the end of the year and another look at the movie is keeping up that excitement.

AFI Fest Review: 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck & Woody Harrelson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 10, 2013 12:20 PM
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Out of The Furnace
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 consequence collide in the “Crazy Heart” director's sophomore feature (from Cooper's rewrite of a script originally by Brad Inglesby), but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

Watch: Christian Bale & Woody Harrelson Face Off In New Clip From 'Out Of The Furnace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 6:08 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
AFI Fest kicks off in two short days and of the big premieres that could shake up the awards season race will belong to "Out of the Furnace." Scott Cooper's follow-up to his hit country music drama "Crazy Heart" is a grittier character story set in the Rust Belt, where the grasp for the American Dream takes on deadly overtones. And at the center of it all is Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson.

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