BOXING GYM

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RTR D: Fred­er­ick Wiseman. U.S.. 91 min. Sep 11, 3:30 pm AMC 7; Sep 12, 3:15 pm AMC 7; Sep 18, 2:30 pm AMC 2 Rat­ing: NNNNN Wiseman’s 38th film looks at a rit­u­al­ized form of vi­o­lence, a sub­ject the fa­mous doc­u­men­tar­ian has in­ves­ti­gated in sev­eral pre­vi­ous movies. It’s a no-non­sense por­trait of a small Austin, Texas, estab­lish­ment where the fancy foot­work in­cludes kick­ing a medicine ball while ly­ing on your back as it is tossed to you.

The gym’s var­ied clien­tele re­flects the Amer­i­can melt­ing pot. Char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, the direc­tor places the viewer right in the mid­dle of the ac­tion, limited as it is. And in a nod to his per­sonal love of the sport, he in­cludes brief footage of his own swift arm ac­tion.

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