In Case You Missed Them … 10 Films You Should See From 2011

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Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in Warrior (2011) Movie Image

Warrior

Two estranged brothers, an Iraq war hero (Tom Hardy) and a family man (Joel Edgerton) are on a crash course for pain and redemption and all that good stuff in this mixed martial arts fighting film co-written and directed by Gavin O’Connor. Nick Nolte plays their father, a former boozehound trying to make amends to both boys, but finding it tough slogging. An excellent combination of family drama and gritty action, “Warrior” also features some of the best MMA fighting scenes I’ve ever seen on film. O’Connor goes for balls-to-the-wall grit, never settling for the cheap “Hollywood fighting” you see, say, in a Van Damme movie. Gripping, realistic, and yes, perhaps a tad too emotionally manipulative at times, “Warrior” also features great performances from its three male leads, in particular a crushing turn by Nick Nolte as the father.

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