Scott Marks 3:30 p.m., Dec. 24
Out of the Furnace
Director Scott Cooper's long-awaited followup to Crazy Heart may make you wish the wait had been a little longer. He got his all-star cast, but forgot to come up with a logical screenplay (he shares writing credit with Brad Ingelsby). And apparently, he also got his camera stuck on Close Up. Christian Bale plays an ex-con touring Appalachia in search of his bugged-out brother (Casey Affleck), who is back from Iraq and feeling twitchy. (Why yes, that is a dash of social commentary concerning the government's abandonment of returning vets; clever of you to notice!) Zoe Saldana and Forest Whittaker show up to bulk up the roster and play a scene or two, and Woody Harrelson gets to play the creepy heavy. 2013.
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