David Ayer’s Harsh Times, a violent Los Angeles-based drama starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, has been acquired for distribution by Bauer Martinez Distribution, the new theatrical distribution arm of Bauer Martinez Studios. (Apologies for the earlier error naming Lions Gate as the distributor.) It will have one final Toronto Film festival screening on Saturday evening, which I plan to attend. Movie City News is calling it “Crash for one” while another observer has described it as “a lot like Training Day, but with more of a gritty approach, and with actors who seem actually believable…which makes sense since it’s based on the real-life experiences of the director/writer and people he knows.” Okay…I’m there.