December 3, 2016

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Popcorn: “Bleed for This”

Middleweight Contender

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By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

 

To accent boxer Vinny Pazienza’s close-knit family in director-writer Ben Younger’s “Bleed for This,” turning points in the pugilist’s remarkable saga are inevitably marked by the clan crowded around the dinner table eating, with hardly room for a bread stick among them. There is a basic, anthropological purity in the devotion, an incontrovertible given, as each member, whether laughing, chiding or worrying out loud, plays out his or her supportive role in the dynamic. The conceptualization is as engaging as the accompanying tale of fisticuffs.

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