O Come, All Ye Fight-ful

While audiences go on heist adventurs with Nicolas Cage (in National Treasure) and George Clooney (in Ocean's Twelve), the critics' groups, as usual, are celebrating the holidays with awards for a lot


It is a heroic act of efiance to a youth-obsessed culture that Clint Eastwood continues to star in and direct movies, let alone that he often does both with such artistic economy and so little sweat. At 74, he has fashioned one of his richest and sneakiest fables: a boxing tale that screenwriter Paul Haggis based on the stories of F.X. Toole, a former ringside "cut man." That was the trade of Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), who with his pal Eddie (Morgan Freeman) now runs a gym for boxing hopefuls, most without a hope. The longest shot is Maggie...

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