Preview This! “Out of the Furnace”

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Out of the Furnace

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Mike Mike has a degree in Film from The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years and sees two to four new movies in the theatre a week. Mike has a weekly movie blog where he reviews films both present and past at:

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He can be followed on Twitter @lastonetoleave

Opening this week at a theater near you:

“Out of the Furnace”  (2013)

Out of the Furnace

Photo courtesy of Relativity Media

Rodney (Casey Affleck) hasn’t adjusted well to the civilian life after serving in the military. He now makes a living working for a violent crime ring run by a man named, Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). Rodney’s brother, Russell (Christian Bale), has just gotten out of prison and is trying to live a straight and narrow life. When Rodney goes missing, Russell decides to risk it all to find his brother and bring down Harlan. Out of the Furnace Facebook page

What to Watch For:  Besides Academy Award winner Bale, nominated Affleck and Harrelson, the cast includes Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard.

Word on the Street:   Could Christen Bale get another Academy Award nomination from this performance?

My Take:   I loved director / co-writer Scott Cooper’s last film, “Crazy Heart.”

“The Broken Circle Breakdown”  (2013)

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film

Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) is the leader of a bluegrass band. Elise (Veerie Baetens) is the owner of a tattoo shop. When the two meet, they instantly fall in love and, soon after, get married. Their life seems perfect after the birth of their daughter, but their marriage is tested when their worst nightmare comes true. The Broken Circle Breakdown Website

What to Watch For:  The film won numerous awards at various film festivals, including winning Best Screenplay and Best Actress at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film has an amazing bluegrass soundtrack.

My Take:   The film is Belgium’s submission for the Oscars 2014 Best Foreign Language Film category.

If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home at watch movies on CW69.

Saturday
1:00 pm
“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King “(2003)
Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue on their journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, thinking that Gollum (Andy Serkis) is now on-board to help them succeed. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) lead their World of Men against Sauron’s (Sala Baker) army as he seeks to conquer Middle-Earth.

Sunday
1:00 pm
“Look Who’s Talking”  (1989)
Kirstie Alley and John Travolta star in this classic comedy about a single woman (Alley) who has a baby with a married man. The child (voiced by Bruce Willis) narrates the film as his mom slowly falls for the cab-driving James (Travolta).

3:00 pm
“Men of Honor” (2000)
The story of Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who beat the odds to become the first African American US Navy Diver and the Master Chief (Robert De Niro) who trained him.

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