Sam Rockwell and Christian Bale make an uncanny Bush and Cheney in the Vice trailer

Hey, remember the days when George W. Bush and his gang of wealth-worshipping, climate-change-denying, xenophobia-stirring plutocrats seemed like the worst thing that could possibly happen to America? How naive we were back then. Not that we’re encouraging nostalgia for the Bush era or anything—quite the opposite,…

Christopher Nolan dragged Batman (and superhero cinema) into a more serious “real” world

Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies are as revered as any franchise of summer blockbusters can really be in this day and age. But when people make fun of them, they always seem to settle on one thing in particular: the Batman voice. When he’s in his Batman suit, Christian Bale doesn’t have too many long conversations,…

Christian Bale would still like to be in a Star Wars, if anybody has a spot for him

With the way they’re handing out minor Star Wars cameos these days, it seems like pretty much everyone who’s anyone can be in one of these movies if they want to—whether they’re a prince or a close friend of J.J. Abrams. Christian Bale isn’t just a prince or a close friend of J.J. Abrams, though, and he has bigger…

The Old West is clinically depressed in the grim Christian Bale oater Hostiles

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Hostiles—a twilight-of-the-frontier Western as grim and obvious as its title and tagline (“We are all… Hostiles”), filled with greasy skin and scraggled, dimming landscapes—opens with a Comanche band gruesomely descending on a remote homestead and American soldiers torturing an Apache family in the reddish…

Christian Bale’s mustache is the best thing about Hostiles

We’re back with another edition of Film Club. Today, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are discussing the period Western Hostiles, a film that reunites Christian Bale and director Scott Cooper—their first collaboration being 2013’s Out Of The Furnace—for an original story about a…

The director of Hotel Rwanda plows through the Armenian genocide in The Promise

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Among the many virtues of James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z is its sense of proportion, which turns a decades-spanning historical epic into a pas de deux between vision and madness. Unfortunately, most recent historical epics have been more on the order of Terry George’s The Promise: messes of soap and cheese. Here at…

“And how come Batman doesn’t dance anymore?” The importance of the Dark Knight’s lighter side

Last spring, I encountered a feeling altogether new: There was a Batman movie in theaters, and I had no interest in seeing it. Everything surrounding Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice—the dishwater palette of its marketing material, the resurrection (and re-dispatching) of Thomas and Martha Wayne, the words “directed…

Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac watch Constantinople burn in The Promise trailer

It’s impossible to talk about World War II without discussing the Holocaust. But World War I—itself not short on unimaginable atrocities—also had its own incident of race-based mass extermination. And what better filmmaker to bring those horrors to our pampered Western eyes than Terry George, the guy who directed …

Got $100k and nothing to do with it? Buy the Batpod from The Dark Knight

Without any actual superpowers of his own, all Batman’s got is deep pockets, a bunch of gadgets, and fancy cars. He’s just your typical trust fund baby. And the Batcave is his underground garage full of glistening vehicles, which Batman apparently likes to name after himself. You’ve got the Batmobile and the Batplane…

Read This: How Mary Harron made a feminist film out of American Psycho

Mary Harron’s 2000 adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho has become an enduring cult classic, with the film looming even larger in the public’s imagination than the controversial book upon which it was based. In a piece for The Village Voice, Angelica Jade Bastién analyzes the film and discusses why…

Christian Bale is teaming up with Scott Cooper again, this time on a Western

Things aren’t so quiet on the Western front this morning—following the news of some forward movement on that Dark Tower adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter has just learned that Christian Bale will team up with his Out Of The Furnace director Scott Cooper for the Western drama Hostiles. Cooper, who helped bring Black…