In this year’s holiday movie blitz, a live wire unites two very different films in the person of Christian Bale, who plays the lead in Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace and in David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Bale’s physical presence weaves his two roles into a larger narrative about masculine anxieties and hopes.
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