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The Fighter (Review)

True-life boxing movie transcends coventions

0 Comments · Thursday, December 16, 2010
As a story about a scrappy, working-class nobody who gets an unexpected shot at the title, David O. Russell's 'The Fighter' was bound to earn comparisons to 'Rocky.' And the comparisons are justified — not just because of its plot but also because of its concern for quirky characters and a sense of place. Grade: B-plus.   

Conviction (Review)

Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell highlight pedestrian drama

0 Comments · Thursday, October 28, 2010
Yet another inspiring true story, this time about Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) who earns her GED, a four-year college diploma and eventually a law degree in order to prove the innocence of her wild-child brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell), who is serving a life sentence for a murder that he didn't commit. But it's difficult to watch Swank and Rockwell do their respective things without noticing that they are struggling against material that looks like a glorified television movie of the week. Grade: D-plus.  

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