‘Out of the Furnace’ illuminates gritty effects of economic struggle

Christian Bale stars in Scott Cooper’s new film, ‘Out of the Furnace,’ which deftly documents the effects of economic hardship on a small Pennsylvania town and its troubled residents.

The rolling Appalachian hills of Pennsylvania are brimming with the violent, brutal secrets of a darker thread of life running beneath the surface. Beneath a black sky, a film plays within a film while a man with a pearl earring forces a hot dog down the throat of a woman
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