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Hostiles ***

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Director and co-writer Scott Cooper re-teams with his <em>Out of the Furnace</em> star Christian Bale to tell the story of Captain Joseph J. Blocker, a man of war facing a violent transition — physically and otherwise — to peacetime living. After a lifetime spent killing people because those were his orders, he is ordered to preserve the life of his bitterest enemy, an ailing Cheyenne who wants to die on his home turf and needs protection for the journey. To complicate matters, the caravan picks up a pioneer woman (Rosamund Pike) who has just endured the slaughter of her family by the natives. Bale nails the portrayal of Blocker’s cold hatred, a condition honed by experience, bound by a strict code, and tempered — perhaps in both senses — by a fierce intelligence and a tenacious faith. Throughout, a great deal is communicated even as very little is said, and much of it concerns the possibility of being human in inhuman circumstances. By turns deliberative and chaotic, brutal and merciful, definitely bleak and just maybe hopeful, <em>Hostiles</em> could have ended with its penultimate scene, but it would have been a very different movie.

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Hostiles goes back to the settling (read: claiming) of the American West, while Maze Runner: The Death Cure harkens way back to 2015, when part two of Wes Ball's YA trilogy came out.

Digital Gym casts a glance over its shoulder into the shadows for Noir on the Boulevard, featuring something old (The Maltese Falcon) and something much less old, though hardly new (Brick).

But the biggest piece of old news — or just news about what's old — is the mini-festival being held by Saps at Sea to open their 40th season. Watch Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy make nice with the ladies in three different shorts tomorrow night at Trinity Presbyterian Church!

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The Maltese Falcon: "The stuff that dreams are made of" — who knew private eyes were so Shakespearean?
The Maltese Falcon: "The stuff that dreams are made of" — who knew private eyes were so Shakespearean?

Truth be told, there's not a lot on the new release front this week for some reason, and what there is has a decidedly backward-looking feel.

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Hostiles ***

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Director and co-writer Scott Cooper re-teams with his <em>Out of the Furnace</em> star Christian Bale to tell the story of Captain Joseph J. Blocker, a man of war facing a violent transition — physically and otherwise — to peacetime living. After a lifetime spent killing people because those were his orders, he is ordered to preserve the life of his bitterest enemy, an ailing Cheyenne who wants to die on his home turf and needs protection for the journey. To complicate matters, the caravan picks up a pioneer woman (Rosamund Pike) who has just endured the slaughter of her family by the natives. Bale nails the portrayal of Blocker’s cold hatred, a condition honed by experience, bound by a strict code, and tempered — perhaps in both senses — by a fierce intelligence and a tenacious faith. Throughout, a great deal is communicated even as very little is said, and much of it concerns the possibility of being human in inhuman circumstances. By turns deliberative and chaotic, brutal and merciful, definitely bleak and just maybe hopeful, <em>Hostiles</em> could have ended with its penultimate scene, but it would have been a very different movie.

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Hostiles goes back to the settling (read: claiming) of the American West, while Maze Runner: The Death Cure harkens way back to 2015, when part two of Wes Ball's YA trilogy came out.

Digital Gym casts a glance over its shoulder into the shadows for Noir on the Boulevard, featuring something old (The Maltese Falcon) and something much less old, though hardly new (Brick).

But the biggest piece of old news — or just news about what's old — is the mini-festival being held by Saps at Sea to open their 40th season. Watch Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy make nice with the ladies in three different shorts tomorrow night at Trinity Presbyterian Church!

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