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How to Get Revenge, According to the Movies

Out_of_the_FurnaceMovie characters have it made. If someone double-crosses you or mistreats a loved one, threatening to chop off genitalia, popping someone’s head in a microwave or unleashing telekinetic wrath upon an entire high school is a totally legitimate way to retaliate, whereas we’re left drowning our sorrows in a stiff drink or fretting about them in private.

With Christian Bale about to seek justice for his brother’s disappearance in Out of the Furnace on December 6, we’re taking the time to indulge in 12 other extreme payback plans that, right or wrong, make for exhilarating acts of big-screen vengeance.

WARNING: This photo feature contains plot spoilers!

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Review: Prisoners

Prisoners_Poster“Prisoners” is missing some pivotal story details, but has more than enough hauntingly superb assets to deliver a highly successful nightmarish experience.

It’s Thanksgiving and the Dovers are celebrating with their good friends and neighbors, the Birch family. After dinner, their young daughters, Ana and Joy, beg to head outside. Under the impression that they’d ask their older siblings to escort them, Keller and Grace Dover (Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello) and Nancy and Franklin Birch (Viola Davis and Terrence Howard) give them the OK. However, when the parents realize Ana and Joy never brought Ralph and Eliza (Dylan Minnette and Zoe Borde) along, they know something is terribly wrong. Panic turns to devastating dread as the hours pass and the girls fail to return home.

Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is put on the case, confident he’ll maintain his pristine record and find Ana and Joy. He manages to pinpoint a suspect who was in the area at the time of the girls’ disappearance, but he isn’t able to accumulate enough evidence to keep him in custody. Outraged by the local authorities’ lack of progress, Keller opts to take matters into his own hands.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Aint-Them-Bodies-SaintsDid a trailer finally conquer the tacky narration technique and make it work? Not quite. The latest trailer for Walking with Dinosaurs came close to being Best Stuff worthy, but in comparing it to the first trailer, it’s just way too evident that the voiceover does more harm than good. And even then, the Walking with Dinosaurs trailer is still leaps and bounds beyond the one for Machete Kills. If your money shot is showing off Sofia Vergara rocking boobs with firepower, you’re bound to alienate a significant portion of the audience.

The Best Stuff

1. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

There’s something undeniably enchanting about two people in love and it’s as evident as ever in the new trailer for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Once it pulls you in via the chemistry between Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, it drops a bomb, and a wildly captivating one at that. The tension builds with every beat of the background tune, ultimately leaving you relentlessly curious about the details of the characters’ past, present and future.

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