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— Kathy Bates, Titanic

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Noi Albinoi

Mystery and ambivalence about this Bleak portrait of isolation are amplified on DVD —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

Noi the Albino spends winter in Iceland alone

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Christian Bale

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

    Bale is buffeted by Gods and Kings Review by Robert Denerstein: Ridley Scott never answers the important question: Why?

  • American Hustle (2013)

    Adams shows her American Hustle Review by Robert Denerstein: One of the few 2013 movies I was sorry to see end

    Review by Marty Mapes: Russell opts for chaos over clarity and love over work

  • Out of the Furnace (2013)

    Bale can't drive Out of the Furnace Review by Robert Denerstein: Intense acting doesn't save Furnce from the fires

  • The Fighter (2010)

    Bale trains Wahlberg to be The Fighter Review by Robert Denerstein: May not be a boxing classic, but it's got loads of spit-in-your-eye spirit

    Review by Matt Anderson: Christian Bale scores another knockout in this middleweight boxing drama based on a true story.

  • The Dark Knight (2008)

    The Dark Knight returns Review by Matt Anderson: The Dark Knight returns and turns the genre on its head

  • I'm Not There (2007)

    Blanchett's Not There; Dylan is DVD review by Marty Mapes: Full of Dylanology, Dylanography and Dylanerbole... if that's your thing

  • 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

    Crowe hopes to miss the 3:10 to Yuma Review by Matt Anderson: It's a pleasure to watch Bale and Crowe play off each other

  • Rescue Dawn (2007)

    Bale awaits his Rescue Dawn Review by Marty Mapes: Herzog's POW movie doesn't have swagger. It has bravery, cunning, and triumph, tempered by reality.

  • The Prestige (2006)

    Caine has The Prestige Review by Matt Anderson: The Prestige is a spry magic act with a nifty final sleight of hand.

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: It wouldn't have been hard to conjure up a lot more material for this DVD

  • The New World (2006)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Not about the storytelling; a tone poem that sounds gorgeous

  • Batman Begins (2005)

    Bale cuts a striking figure as Batman Begins Review by Matt Anderson: Bless the bat heavens for Christopher Nolan

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Batman Begins, now on DVD, stands cape and cowl above the previous Batflicks

  • Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

    Sophie plays with fire in Howl's Moving Castle Review by Marty Mapes: Don't wait for video. See Howl on the big screen.

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Visually as good as any other Miyazaki movie, although the plot is less interesting

  • The Machinist (2004)

    Bale lost 60 pounds to play The Machinist Review by Marty Mapes: Too derivative to earn a strong recommendation

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Thrill to Bale's creepiness

  • Equilibrium (2003)

    DVD review by Ryan Hurtig: Equilibrium offers nothing new as a cautionary tale about totalitarian societies

  • Laurel Canyon (2003)

    McDormand stayed in Laurel Canyon Review by Marty Mapes: Laurel Canyon gets off to a shaky start, but its characters soon come to life

  • Reign of Fire (2002)

    Real dragons unleash a Reign of Fire Review by Marty Mapes: Mankind has fixated on dragon genocide as one last little moral victory

  • Newsies (1992)

    DVD review by Andrea Birgers: Newsies isn't as bad as its reputation, but they don't make 'em like they used to.