Set on the frayed edged of modern day Rust Belt America, Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace, which opens area-wide on Friday, is a story about violence and retribution. It's a story that begins with almost perfect pacing and tone — crisp visual storytelling; efficient exposition; an explosive opening scene which avails us of Appalachian brutality vis-a-vis Woody Harrelson — but loses its footing in a gnarly third act.
The weather's getting colder, but Ohio's film industry is heating up. Part of the team that worked on Miss Meadows, starring Katie Holmes, this summer in Cleveland were so impressed that they're back for Round 2.
A slow-moving movie about a father and son reunion, director Alexander Payne's (About Schmidt, The Descendants) new movie Nebraska benefits from a spectacular performance by veteran actor Bruce Dern. While the film, which opens today at the Cedar Lee Theatre, probably won't generate enough buzz to merit a Oscar nod for Dern, he's certainly deserving of the accolades.