He's been Batman, Bateman, and battled Terminators -- and this weekend, Christian Bale battles Woody Harrelson for the fate of Casey Affleck in Out of the Furnace, the latest eminently well-cast drama from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. In honor of Bale's latest cinematic excursion, we decided to take this opportunity to pause for a fond look back at some of the brighter critical highlights from an acclaimed career that's still collecting them at an impressive pace. It's time for Total Recall!
I watched the last movie of the animated Lord of the Rings trilogy first for this article. This was done out of practicality -- The Return of the King DVD was the first used copy I found in the area -- and also to attempt recreating the '80s home movie experience. People who were kids in that decade know the scenario: your parents come home in the evening, one of them grabbing a random VHS from the rental store. The Return of the King is exactly the kind of tape ol' pops would have brought home to his kids, whenever he could remember that he'd already checked out Encino Man a million times before. You have no choice but to watch whatever makes it way to your home.
This week in streaming video, we've got teenage vigilantes, the second part of a fantasy franchise, and an indie comedy about brewery employees, as well as a couple of classic Star Trek movies. Read on to see what's available to watch right now.
We've got both critical highs and lows this week, with a relatively well-received action blockbuster followed by a couple of duds. Then, we've also got a couple of Certified Fresh picks, including an indie comedy and a terrifying documentary, and, as always, we finish up the list with a few choice reissues. Read on for the full list.