Southpaw and the Mythology of Boxing Movies

“A fighter knows only one way to work.” So says Billy Hope, Jake Gyllenhaal’s champion boxer in Southpaw. It’s a terrific movie, propelled by taut direction from Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), an Eminem-produced soundtrack, and anchored by great performances from Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, and Rachel McAdams. But like the boxer …

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