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Cast shines in ‘Out of the Furnace,’ but story is run of the mill

Christian Bale, left, and Casey Affleck play hard-luck brothers living in a decaying steel mill town in “Out of the Furnace.”
Christian Bale, left, and Casey Affleck play hard-luck brothers living in a decaying steel mill town in “Out of the Furnace.”
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"Out of the Furnace” is an earnestly crafted, passionately acted working-class drama rusted over by its noble intentions of steel-town sympathizing. Director Scott Cooper (whose first film, “Crazy Heart,” was also drawn to the dwindling options of an increasingly obsolete hard worker) sets his movie in Braddock, Pa., where he also shot it. The town mill hovers as the empty heart of a corroded city. Cooper lays the atmosphere on thick, suffocating the film with ...


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