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Friday
Sep092011

'Contagion,' 'Warrior,' 'Bucky Larson' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Contagion: A devastating virus spreads quickly throughout the world, claiming thousands of lives and leaving health officials scrambling to contain the disease.  Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and Bryan Cranston star in this Steven Soderbergh-directed drama.  Rated PG-13.

-- Warrior: Two estranged brothers are brought together when they are forced to compete against one another in a mixed martial arts event.  Inception's Tom Hardy, plus Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte, star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star: Nick Swardson is the title character, who moves to Los Angeles to become a porn star after he finds out that his parents were once in the adult film industry.  Christina Ricci and Don Johnson also star.  Rated R.

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Thursday
Sep082011

Movie Review: â€˜Warrior’

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Everybody involved in The Fighter should be thrilled their movie came out before Warrior. Not to diminish The Fighter, which is a very good movie, but Warrior is emotionally engaging and entertaining on a level The Fighter never achieved.
 
In brief, Warrior stars a seriously bulked-up Tom Hardy -- you may remember him from Inception -- as Paddy Conlon, a former combat Marine who trains under his alcoholic former boxer father, played by Nick Nolte, to compete in a mixed martial arts tournament.  The problem: Paddy’s older brother Brendan is himself a former MMA competitor who’s considering getting back into the game.  If you’ve seen the film’s trailer, you know the brothers wind up facing one another in the ring.
 
Had Warrior come out last year, it would’ve seriously complicated Oscar chances for The Fighter, because Warrior elicits a far stronger visceral reaction. You'll cry when watching Warrior, while few shed a tear over The Fighter. When it comes to sports-themed movies, director Gavin O’Connor seems to have a knack for jerking tears from audiences: see 2004’s Miracle.
 
Then there’s Tom Hardy.  It’s not just his physical appearance that’s impressive. It’s what he’s saying without ever opening his mouth.  The nuance, the rage, the heartbreak, the subtext -- Hardy is going places.  The same goes for Joel Edgerton, who plays Brendan.  Both performances are given a boost by Nick Nolte’s stunning turn as their recovering-alcoholic father.  In other words, we love Warrior

Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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