KNIGHT OF CUPS
2016, Broad Green Pictures, 118 min, Dir: Terrence Malick

In the Tarot card deck, the knight of cups represents a romantic adventurer guided by his emotions, an apt description of screenwriter Rick (Christian Bale), who searches for love and self in the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. This enigmatic and visually stunning film features a superb ensemble cast including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy and Antonio Banderas.


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
2012, Warner Bros., 165 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) finds himself up against both relentless evil force Bane (Tom Hardy) and mysterious jewel thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) as he is wrenched from retirement by the threatened destruction of all of Gotham City. Christopher Nolan wraps up his Batman trilogy with a satisfying, complex and insanely ambitious meditation on heroism and class that is arguably the greatest comic book film of all time.


3:10 TO YUMA
2007, Lionsgate, 117 min, USA, Dir: James Mangold

Christian Bale plays a wounded Civil War vet who sees a chance at prosperity in thief Russell Crowe, for whom Bale hopes to collect a reward when he delivers him to the prison train of the film’s title. In director James Mangold’s riveting remake of the 1957 classic, Bale and Crowe engage in a compelling battle of wits and guns that is both thoughtful character study and kinetic action film.


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