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Christy Lemire’s “Out of the Furnace” Is a Triumph of Smart Reviewing

In response to Christy Lemire’s 548‑word review of Out of the Furnace on

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Christy Lemire’s “Out of the Furnace” is a triumph of smart and incisive film reviewing. Her work here is beguiling and interesting. The audience will, quite frankly, be enthralled, and won’t want to put this down until they’ve read every word, which is good. Because, in many ways, she leaves the best for last. Don’t worry: no spoilers here. You’ll have to see for yourself.

One has to admire Lemire’s control of vocabulary and grammar. The phrases she uses, whether describing a performance, the film itself, or just setting a mood, are near perfection, and, at times, border on the poetic. Her prose weaves in and out like a well-sewn quilt. The journey is as beautiful as the finished product, and the audience never gets lost along the way.

Her appreciation of things well done is clearly evident, but she’s not afraid to point out occasional faults where she sees them. She is strong in her commentary. But whether praising or criticizing, her phrasing never falters. She is an artist here, in full control, and, it’s obvious that she’s loving every minute of it.

This enjoyment is easily picked up by the audience, making the overall experience that much more enticing. You owe it to yourself to experience Lemire’s Out of the Furnace, if only so you will have it in your memory banks to enjoy again and again.    

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