‘Out of the Furnace’ can be simultaneously gripping, frustrating

Out of the Furnace, the new movie from writer-director Scott Cooper, features towering performances from three awesome actors: Woody Harrelson, Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. Bale and Affleck play brothers trying to More »

‘Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden’ recounts real ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ story

Zero Dark Thirty is a powerful film from director Kathryn Bigelow. So powerful, in fact, that any other attempt to tell the story of how Osama bin Laden was eventually brought down More »

REVIEW: ‘The Realistic Joneses’ features Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei in dark comedy

NEW YORK — I’m so glad that The Realistic Joneses has opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. Not that the 100-minute dramedy is perfect (far from it actually), but it’s refreshing to More »

‘War Horse’ works well on film, but stage version still missed

Steven Spielberg’s beautiful adaptation of War Horse, the successful play that wowed audiences in London and on Broadway, does an admirable job in recreating the intensity and heartbreak of the dramatic story. There’s More »

‘Philomena’ is moving portrait of mother searching for her son

Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears, tells the remarkably moving story of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman desperately trying to find the son she had taken from her as a teenager. More »

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ one clever devil of a musical

NEW YORK — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder may walk away with this year’s Tony Award for Best Musical. With little competition so far, and an onslaught of movie-to-stage adaptations (Aladdin, More »

‘The Dead Zone’ movie adaptation as eerie as Stephen King’s classic novel

David Cronenberg is one of the most important directors of the last few decades. His thrilling, provocative films have caused audiences’ collective brows to furrow on more than one occasion. From Videodrome to More »

’12 Years a Slave’ most powerful film of 2013

The story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who is kidnapped in the northern United States and eventually enslaved in the South, is a gut-wrenching testimony to the endurance of the More »

 

‘Out of the Furnace’ can be simultaneously gripping, frustrating

Christian Bale as Russell in 'Out of the Furnace' — Photo courtesy of Kerry Hayes / Relativity Media

Christian Bale as Russell in ‘Out of the Furnace’ — Photo courtesy of Kerry Hayes / Relativity Media

Out of the Furnace, the new movie from writer-director Scott Cooper, features towering performances from three awesome actors: Woody Harrelson, Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. Bale and Affleck play brothers trying to endure difficult circumstances. Harrelson is the wedge between their relationship, and he’s one enormous, violent wedge.

‘Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden’ recounts real ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ story

Hollywood Soapbox logoZero Dark Thirty is a powerful film from director Kathryn Bigelow. So powerful, in fact, that any other attempt to tell the story of how Osama bin Laden was eventually brought down feels somewhat extraneous. At least that was my impression before watching HBO’s provocative Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden, an interesting documentary that helps the viewer connect the dots on the international manhunt for the man chiefly responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.