Christain Bale

Hostiles (2017)

It is 1892 New Mexico, and the violence and genocide that has shaped the Europeans’ settlement in the American West is winding down. Hostiles’ difficult opening scene shows a gang of marauding Indians slaughter almost an entire family of white settlers, leaving with their horses and setting fire to their homestead. But then the next …

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The Promise (2016)

Movies have always had the powerful ability to not only entertain, but to inform. Movies can bring attention to little-acknowledged moments of history, whether good or bad, by telling a story that will (hopefully) intrigue an audience and push them to open their eyes to the past, and, hopefully, to learn from it. Starting in …

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The Fighter

I totally enjoyed watching The Fighter, but walked away from it chewing on all the characters, except, well, the fighter himself. Poor Marky Mark, bless his heart, his limited acting skills, and his excellent abs and eyebrows… His Micky Ward was so overwhelmed on screen at all times, if not in the boxing ring itself, …

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Batman Begins

Batman Begins is, obviously, the story of how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman.  As a child he falls into a well full of bats.  Haunted by the experience, Bruce freaks out over some shadowy images at the opera, and asks his parents if they can leave.  They oblige, and as they exit the theater, they are …

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The Dark Knight

As I write this review, The Dark Knight is the #1 Movie of All Time on the IMDB Top 250 readers’ poll. At 115,000 votes and counting, will there be a backlash? Will the fanboys and girls continue to dominate the polls? Is it, hands down, the greatest superhero movie of all time? One thing …

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Rescue Dawn

Someone needs to give Christian Bale a sandwich and some diet counseling. If this guy continues to gain and lose alarming amounts of poundage for movie roles (see also The Machinist), he’s going to have some kidney problems (or worse) coming his way soon enough. I’m just saying. But audiences seem to dig this sort …

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