(R) ★★★☆☆

This feverish martial arts film opens up a lot of cans of emotional whup-ass, but, every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again. Director/co-writer Gavin O’Connor is an entertainer, and this frenetic film defies its own frenzy. Two estranged brothers, Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton), enter an MMA competition in Atlantic City. Does the final match come down to brother against brother? I wouldn’t rule it out. The story is gritty, and the acting just simmering enough to hold.

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Concert Review

Def Leppard

By Matt Jacob

Yes, they performed one ’80s hit after another—they even strategically closed the pre-encore set with their iconic anthem “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” And yes, the fist-pumping dudes and hip-swaying chicks who packed the arena ate it up, singing along word-for-word throughout the entire 90-minute, 16-song set just as they did the first time they saw this British quintet a quarter-century ago. For that reason alone, Def Leppard received high marks for its Labor Day weekend performance.