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Magic Lantern to pick up second run of ‘Vice”

Word from the Magic Lantern Theater is that it will begin screening "Vice" on Friday. The movie, which stars Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney, most recently played at a few area mainstream theaters.

Directed by Adam McKay, the filmmaker of "The Big Short," "Vice" focuses on the life and times of Cheney. And Bale, who is almost invisible under a ton of makeup, won a Gold Globe on Sunday night for his performance — making him a favorite to win at least an Oscar nomination.

Here are few critical comments regarding Bale's acting:

Bob Mondello, National Public Radio: "Growling, gruff, and grumpy Bale makes the title character a lot like his Batman - basically a psychopath-turned-vigilante."

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: "Adam McKay's flame-throwing take on Dick Cheney, played by a shockingly brilliant Christian Bale, polarizes by being ferociously funny one minute, bleakly sorrowful the next, and ready to indict the past in the name of our scarily uncertain future."

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: ""Vice" is quite watchable; it zips along quickly, and the cast around chameleon Bale is strong."

"Chameleon Bale" is, if anything, an understatement. Check out the embed below.