CRAZY HEART
2009, Fox Searchlight, 112 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

Jeff Bridges gives one of the best performances of his career as Bad Blake, a once-popular country musician who has been reduced to low-paying gigs in bowling alleys with teenage backup bands. When a young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tracks him down for an interview, he embarks on a relationship fraught with risks on both sides. Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell provide support.


BLACK MASS
2015, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

For more than two decades, James “Whitey” Bulger ruled the mean streets of South Boston with brutality and virtual impunity before vanishing in 1994; he successfully eluded capture until his 2011 arrest in Santa Monica. In one of the best performances of his career, Johnny Depp effectively vanishes into this slippery character, whose skill at playing opposite sides against one another put an FBI agent (Joel Edgerton) in his pocket. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Kevin Bacon. “Cooper bathes the film in a look that feels unfailingly true to the period without ever verging on kitsch; it’s a movie that isn’t just taking place in the late ’70s and early ’80s but seems to have been made then.” – Scott Foundas, Variety.


OUT OF THE FURNACE
2013, Relativity Media, 116 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

The gritty new thriller from director Scott Cooper (CRAZY HEART) stars Christian Bale as Russell Baze, a steel mill worker in a declining Rust Belt town. When his younger brother (Casey Affleck) runs afoul of a crime ring and vanishes, local police prove ineffectual, and Russell embarks on a dangerous quest for justice. The top-flight cast includes Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.


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