Real Steel

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

This genre mash-up stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie, ex-fighter and deadbeat dad who hasn’t seen his offspring in years. The year is 2020. Human boxing is no longer; robot boxing rules. Circumstances dump his preteen Max (Dakota Goyo) into Charlie’s lap at a low point in his career. The two prepare their junkyard robot, Atom, for battle against a Russian fighter in the World Robot Boxing League. This one is contrived, sappy, way too long and will probably be a big hit.

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50/50

By Tribune Media Services

Although it’s a cancer film, the tender and funny 50/50 addresses its subject with a refreshing lack of melodrama, making it transcend the usual. Based on the true story of Will Reiser, a comedy writer and friend of Seth Rogen’s, the movie follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who gets diagnosed with the C-word. The film follows how Adam and his best friend, among others, get on with life. “Help me help you get laid!” Rogen’s character says. The grace notes make this film memorable.

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