In person on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30pmDirector Gavin O’Connor and actors Joel Edgerton and Frank Grillo!

Having made one of the great sports movies of the modern era with Miracle, his rousing account of the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s 1980 “miracle on ice,” writer-director Gavin O’Connor returns with a searing, brilliantly acted and powerfully moving family drama set against the world of competitive mixed martial arts. In a physically transformative performance that recalls Robert De Niro’s in Raging Bull, Tom Hardy (Inception) stars as Tommy Conlon, a former wrestling prodigy who returns home to Pittsburgh after a stint in the Marines and grudgingly enlists his estranged father (a remarkable Nick Nolte) to train him for a tournament dubbed “the super bowl of mixed martial arts.” Meanwhile, Tommy’s brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton), a high school teacher desperate to support his family in a lean economy, also sets his sights on the tournament’s winner-take-all purse. An uncommonly character-rich genre film that suggests Rocky as rewritten by Eugene O’Neill, Warrior is one of the must-see surprises of the fall moviegoing season.

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