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.