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At a glance: ‘The Wrestler’

Fri., Jan. 23, 2009, midnight

Mickey Rourke stars as an over-the-hill professional wrestler, fighting his own worst instincts in his quest to find a bit of happiness as his performing career winds down.

Running time/rating: 1:55; rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language, drug use.

What they’re saying: “ (‘The Wrestler’) succeeds because it keeps its ambitions small and realizes every one of them; in a year of overblown Oscar tripe, this is blessed news.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe.

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