Genre: Action
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy
*** 1⁄2
Being billed as this year’s The Fighter, the mixed martial-arts drama Warrior pits two estranged brothers against each other as they each surge through the ranks of a multi-million dollar fighting championship. Though that sounds like an attempt at selling cinematic brutality to jacked-up MMA fans, director Gavin O’Connor (Miracle) spins an emotionally-intense story that delves into family dysfunction and forgiveness despite its predictable arc and bloated running time.

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