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'Warrior' goes another round with unhappy families

'Warrior' goes another round with unhappy families

If "Warrior" predictably throws many of the same punches as the many boxing movies that came before it, there are just enough differences to make this movie seem both quirkier and more topical. Although it falls short of delivering a knockout punch, it is of some interest dramatically. The most obvious thing setting "Warrior" somewhat apart is that it is about mixed martial arts. Based on what we see on screen, this is a combination of boxing, wrestling, karate, gouging and grunting. The numerous fight sequences are edited into such a fast jumble, however, that what they gain in visceral energy is lost in clarity. Unless you already know about mixed martial arts, you...

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