Flixnerd Radar: Bale and Eckhart new movies

Flixnerd Radar is tracking a couple of upcoming, non-blockbuster movies that have my curiosity piqued.

With Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart, respectively, in the leading roles, both films bring a serious amount of “genre-cred” to the table.

‘Out of the Furnace’ stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy) as a blue-collar factory worker bent on revenge for his brother’s disappearance features Bale in a role familiar to fans.

Vigilantism and Bale have proven to be a winning combo, and this crime drama from director Scott Cooper (‘Crazy Heart’) boasts an impressive supporting cast for his costume-less conflicted hero.

When Bale’s brother, played by Casey Affleck, goes missing after refusing to take a dive in an underground fight, it’s a collision course for bloodshed as Bale must face the backwoods crook (Woody Harrelson) responsible.

With Bale, Harrelson, Sam Shepard, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, and Willem Dafoe and Affleck involved in this dark tale of revenge in America’s Rust Belt, Flixnerd will be waiting for ‘Out of the Furnace’ when it arrives in theaters December 6.

Frankenstein gets a reboot, of sorts, with the January 24 release of ‘I, Frankenstein.’

Aaron Eckhart plays the titular 200-year-old monster in this genre-blended mashup that comes from the producers of the ‘Underworld’ series of films.

Amidst a war between angels and demons, an army of genetically engineered creatures is hell-bent on destroying humanity.

Based on a Darkstorm Studios graphic novel, ‘I, Frankenstein’ also features Bill Nighy (‘Pirates of the Carribbean’) Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s ‘Chuck’) and Jai Courtenay (‘A Good day to Die Hard’) and is a Lionsgate release.

Angels, demons, genetic-freak monsters, and Frankenstein as an action hero? Let’s cough up some points for originality, here, Flixnerds. At least it’s not a remake or sequel.

Flix like this seldom take themselves seriously, and if ‘I, Frankenstein’ is well made (and you can avoid over thinking stuff too much) and entertaining it could be a fun surprise in early 2014.

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