Christian Bale Talks Creative Bond With ‘Hostiles’ Director Scott Cooper


The epic and oftentimes harrowing Western Hostiles centers on an Army Captain (Christian Bale) who is nearing the end of his service. An unwavering leader who has been scarred by the ravages of war, he is given one final task that he initially refuses to accept – escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family  from New Mexico to tribal lands in Montana.

During their trek they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered by Indians on the plains as well as “hostiles” who have their own distinct motives. Director Scott Cooper, who previously worked with Bale in Out of the Furnace and also helmed the crime drama Black Mass, cites The Searchers as an inspiration for Hostiles.

In the audio clip below, Christian Bale explains why he loves working with Cooper.

Hostiles, co-starring Ben Foster, opens nationwide December 22.

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‘Inferno’ With Tom Hanks Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In January


Inferno, Tom Hanks’ latest adventures as symbologist Robert Langdon, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 24 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In this installment, Langdon teams up with a doctor (Rogue One’s Felicity Jones) to help cure his amnesia. As he’s treating his own health, Langdon is also the target of a manhunt and is on a race against the clock to stop a virus that could decimate half of the world’s population!

Based on the novel by Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons), Inferno also marks another collaboration between Hanks and Ron Howard (anyone remember their Splash days?). Ben Foster (Hell or High Water, The Program) co-stars in the feature.

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include deleted and extended scenes and six featurettes on the making of Inferno.

Have you seen Hanks’ two other 2016 release (A Hologram for the King, Sully)? Did you catch Inferno in theaters? Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think of the Robert Langdon trilogy!

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‘Hell or High Water’ With Jeff Bridges Hits Blu-Ray In November


Hell Or High Water, a film which will surely net Jeff Bridges another Oscar nomination, hits Blu-ray and DVD November 22nd via Lionsgate.

The crime-thriller centers on Toby (Chris Pine), a determined father who, along with his ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) rob a collection of banks to pay for his family’s land. Bridges is Marcus, a Texas Ranger on the brink of retirement who’s hot on their trail. Directed by David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Hallam Foe), the picture was penned by Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan.

Special features on the disc include three featurettes (“Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water, “Visualizing the Heart of America,” “Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water“), the red carpet premiere of the film, and a filmmaker Q&A.

Have you seen Hell or High Water, and do you think it’s one of this year’s best films? Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think!!

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‘Hell or High Water’ Rises With Jeff Bridges And Chris Pine Performances

hellorhighwater2Hell or High Water is a neo-Western is as gritty and dusty as the day is long, and thanks to inspired performances from its four co-stars and a first rate script from Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan, this flick should be feted come Oscar nominations time.

Toby (Chris Pine) is a father who’s about to have his West Texas family farm taken over by the banks. Determined to leave something for his children (Marin Ireland is Toby’s soon to be ex-wife), he and his volatile, ex-convict brother Tanner (Ben Foster) embark on a bank robbing spree to raise enough funds to save their land.

Jeff Bridges is Marcus, a Texas Ranger on the brink of retirement who loves bantering back and forth with his deputy Alberto (Gil Birmingham). Although Alberto simply wants to head back to their office instead of spending several days tracking down the siblings, Marcus is a bloodhound when it comes to tracking down criminals, and it’s safe to say that his instincts are usually on target.

Directed by David Mackenzie (Starred Up), the picture may initially remind viewers of the Coen Brothers’ Oscar winning effort No Country for Old Men, but although this movie traverses Cormac McCarthy country, it has a much more humorous and playful tone. Bringing levity to the proceedings effectively balances out the movie’s darker moments, and although tragedy is a huge undercurrent behind Hell or High Water, it swims in much more ambiguous waters.

The bank heist scenes are shot and edited with precision, and on a pure adrenaline level they’re simply fun and nerve wracking to watch. Hell or High Water’s calling card, however, are the intimate moments shared between the brothers and the Rangers, and by the end of the film you’ll be able to find sympathy for each of these men.

While the aforementioned actors all do excellent work in the feature, it’s Bridges’ disarmingly charismatic performance as Marcus which should land him an Oscar nod. Marcus is a lawman through and through, and although he comes off as a bit of a bumbling dude (sorry, had to throw in a Big Lebowski reference!) during his investigation, it’s all misdirection. Marcus is always at least a couple of steps ahead of the game, but he may have met his match with Toby, a desperate father who doesn’t mind pulling his sibling back into a life of crime for his family’s benefit. Tanner is the wild card in the deck, and his hunger for self-survival leads him down an inevitably bloody path.

All these different roads will eventually converge come, for lack of a better phrase, “hell or high water.” Thanks to great storytelling and a solid ensemble cast at the peak of their craft, Hell or High Water is one of this year’s finest films, a West Texas tale that leaves an indelible mark on cinema’s dusty and seemingly deserted highways.

Hell or High Water opens in select theaters Friday, August 12.

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Chris Pine Loves “Beautiful” Story Behind ‘The Finest Hours’


The Finest Hours is based on the true story of how Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and three other men rescued the crew of the SS Pendleton, an oil tanker that was bound for Boston. The feature, which is based on the nonfiction book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, also stars Ben Foster, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck.

“I love stories that are not all that complicated and are really well told,” said Pine. “This was a beautiful, throwback story with a good romance – a guy that loved his girl and wanted to get to her. A guy that was really scared and was up against seemingly insurmountable odds (and) overcame them.”

In the clip below, Chris Pine, whose credits include Star Trek and Z for Zachariah, talks about what he loves about acting (he mentions co-star Ben Foster in the clip):

The Finest Hours, directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Lars and the Real Girl), opens January 29.

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