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‘The Fighters’ comes out swinging

Maybe it’s the power of nostalgia, but for a while now the idea of boxing has been way more interesting than the fights themselves.

When Mark Wahlberg was nominated for all kinds of awards for his star turn as Micky Ward in 2010’s “The Fighter,” the movie’s appeal wasn’t Ward’s fights, it was watching just how much of a trainwreck everything was around Ward — especially his drugged-out, washed-out, ex-boxer half-brother Dicky Eklund, bottled up beautifully by Christian Bale.

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