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Real Steel review - Hugh Jackman and his robots win this round

On paper, Real Steel is a terrible idea. It's cliche meets cliche meets cliche: fighting robots (Transformers) meets deadbeat dad (Kramer vs Kramer) meets an underdog boxing movie (Rocky). Worse, it stars a kid who is uncomfortably reminiscent of Jake Lloyd--the annoying young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This movie should be terrible. Yet, despite the mishmash of styles and ideas, somehow, it works. 

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Warrior review - An underdog story with two underdogs

Everyone likes a good underdog story, especially when it ends in a big battle. Sylvester Stallone has made a career out of being an underdog. But while Rocky worked in the 1970s, these days you can't get away with a simple David vs Goliath fight. That's why most recent fighting movies have a lot of family drama too. Cinderella Man, Million Dollar Baby, and last year's The Fighter got their Oscar nominations by layering on the hardship. Warrior kicks it up a notch. You've seen the standard underdog story a thousand times before (learn about why we like underdogs here), but have you seen two underdogs in one movie?

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