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Ben Stiller scored as a star/director with “Zoolander” and “Tropic Thunder.” Will he go three for three? Adapted from James Thurber’s classic short story, the film follows a timid magazine photo librarian who escapes his daily grind through grandiose daydreams. He’s drawn into a real-life adventure when a priceless negative goes missing. Here’s hoping that Stiller’s not banking on this movie to establish his credentials as a Serious Film Artist. I’d rather see a comedy. With Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine. (Dec. 25)
Out of the Furnace
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play desperate brothers in a dying Northeastern rust-belt town. When the younger gets in over his head with a violent crime ring, his older brother picks up his hunting rifle and sets out to get him back. By the look of the trailers, writer/director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) has made a raw, dark story about crime, justice, fate, redemption and family love. Uplifting? Tragic? I want to know. (Dec. 6)
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