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

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…

Black Mass director to continue “nothing but colors” plan with White Knight

Despite helming Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning turn in Crazy Heart, and then a bunch of great actors in the underperforming Out Of The Furnace, it wasn’t until his gangster flick Black Mass that director Scott Cooper experienced real opening-weekend success. The movie, starring Johnny Depp as a sentient advertisement for…

Chicago, see Johnny Depp in Black Mass early and for free

Though he’s certainly been around, it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen something from Johnny Depp to actually look forward to. Thankfully, this fall there’s Black Mass, a biopic about Boston mobster “Whitey” Bulger that allows Depp to dig into yet another flashy “character,” while (hopefully) giving him…