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Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies Of Wrestling

There are those of us (myself included) that may doubt that mid-century American women had the smackdown skills of, say, modern WWE entertainers. But any doubts will be laid to rest with this film—Lipstick & Dynamite offers tons of awesome archival footage of “girl wrestler” bouts from the ’40s and ’50s, complete with the original …

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The Walk (2015)

The always excellent Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the free-spirited Petit, but is unfortunately saddled with a seriously tragic – and hugely distracting – wig, an even more wobbly French accent and direct-to-camera narration that feels woefully clunky. None help flesh out his character, and all seem needless. Would anyone really have cared (or even noticed) …

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Eddie the Eagle

The reason there are formulas in movie plots is because they are tried and true, and they really work. If you’ve seen or enjoyed any–and I mean ANY sports-themed movies–you know they start with scrappiness, then a dream, then the agony of defeat, but then wait! There is a training sequence, then unexpected (read: expected) …

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Creed

We first meet Adonis Creed as a troubled twelve year old whose father (Apollo) died before he was born and whose mother has also passed away. Though intelligent, Adonis is constantly acting out and regularly in trouble for fighting. He is essentially an orphan when Mary Ann Creed (Phylicia Rashad) steps forward and takes him …

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Foxcatcher

SYNOPSIS: Based on true events, FOXCATCHER tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate …

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Any Given Sunday

Now, I enjoy football as much as the next gal (Go, Seahawks!), but I also know it is a game and it isn’t the end-all/be-all of the New World Order. Or at least it shouldn’t be. But Oliver Stone takes football very very seriously. He has footage of football players interspersed with gladiators fighting to …

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Next Goal Wins

In a curious case of coincidence, I had been chatting with co-workers next to a map of the world, and one of us noticed a tiny island in the South Pacific. We all leaned in a little closer… “I didn’t know there was an American Samoa!” If the tiny country is not well-known, it has …

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