Warrior (12A)

Starring: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton
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The certificate for this drama of bad blood is significant: it's been designed for adolescent boys who've watched few movies but a whole lifetime of cagefights on TV.

Welcome to Smackdown Central. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play estranged Irish-American brothers who meet after 14 years when both, by happy coincidence, return to the ring in Atlantic City for a winner-takes-all stompfest. Nick Nolte, as the ex-drunk father the family had to escape, glowers on through ever-narrowing eyes. The atmosphere of juvenile machismo is fairly harmless; the 140-minute running time, however, is pure sadism.

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