A great year in screen acting boils down to this
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Christian Bale, "Out of the Furnace"
In Scott Cooper's sophomore effort, "Out of the Furnace," Christian Bale gives up his most genuine, unaffected work to date. It's a completely absorbed characterization, loose and unburdened by unnatural calculation. There's a freedom to it, a flow with the other actors in the incredibly talented ensemble, always surprising and heading in unexpected directions. As someone who looks to provoke nuance through genuine charisma, Cooper provided that space and opportunity and Bale clearly relished it.