Based on the real-life story of writer/director Maya Forbes, "Infinitely Polar Bear" immerses the viewer in the difficult and exasperating world of manic-depressive Cameron "Cam" Stuart. His wife Maggie and two daughters, Amelia and Faith, ten and eight, accept him but alarming dysfunctional behavior gets Cam a month's long commitment to a mental ward and thereafter a halfway house stop.
Just when I thought Hollywood's mega-budget, special effects extravaganzas couldn't get any more elaborate or impressive, here comes "Guardians of the Galaxy" to, quite happily I must say, exceed expectations. Credit to native St. Louisan James Gunn, scriptwriter and director of one of the most wild and wonderful rides through Marvel Comics heaven.
"Out of the Furnace" wants to be a blue collar, gritty film, and it succeeds. Set in Braddock, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) in 2008, the future for the steel mill workers looks about as bleak as the sky and the town. Two brothers pursue different paths: Russell still employed at the mill, younger Rodney floundering, heading off to Iraq.