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Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star in this weekend’s opening of Out of the Furnace.
The crime thriller sees Bale as a blue-collar worker in Pennsylvania who must rescue his brother (played by Affleck), a war veteran who has returned from Iraq and gets caught up in a ruthless crime ring. The duo are joined by Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.
Read what The Hollywood Reporter‘s film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.
The Coen brothers’ competition film, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, presents an outstanding fictional take on the early 1960s folk music scene. Read Todd McCarthy‘s review here.
Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forest Whitaker star in Scott Cooper‘s drama. Read Todd McCarthy’s review here.
A young North Korean spy poses as a high school student in Park Hong-soo‘s action thriller. Read Frank Scheck‘s review here.
The Last Days on Mars
Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams star as Red Planet explorers under siege by a virulent bacterial strain in Ruairi Robinson‘s Directors’ Fortnight premiere. Read David Rooney‘s review here.
Australian director Craig Lahiff‘s thriller focuses on an honest guy who stumbles upon a suitcase of money and a decapitated body on a desert highway. Read Megan Lehmann‘s review here.
Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch star as conflicted lovers in war-torn Sarajevo in Italian actor Sergio Castellitto‘s fourth film as director. Read David Rooney’s review here.
The work of Austria’s droll provocateur Ulrich Seidl remains an acquired taste, but this final part of his eccentric “Paradise” trilogy yields unexpected pleasures. Read David Rooney’s review here.
Adventures of the Penguin King
Anthony Geffen double-dips with a second documentary employing the same previously-screened penguin footage. Read John DeFore‘s review here.
The basketball doc spends time with a high school athlete on the cusp of stardom, then revisits him 10 years later. Read John DeFore’s review here.
Caught in the Web
Chinese master Chen Kaige returns to a contemporary setting with top actors Gao Yuanyuan, Chen Hong, Mark Chao and Yao Chen. Read Deborah Young‘s review here.
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