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Dakota Goyo

Jackson a sure winner in 'Champ'

Samuel L. Jackson gives a great lost-cause performance as a homeless former prizefighter with a tragic present and an elusive past in Resurrecting the Champ, a delayed-coming-of-age drama that otherwise throws a weak one-two combination as a sports film and a newspaper movie. Jackson creates a searing study in reverse nobility as a character with a battered, street-poetic presence and subtle powers of sympathy that come into play even when he appears to be a rogue.

Unfortunately, Josh Hartnett is all prose as Erik Kernan, a sports reporter for The Denver Times who is frustrated on the job (he wishes he were covering the Broncos or the Nuggets) and aching in his private life...