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A good sports flick is like a good war flick: far more than two hours of relentless, testosteronedriven action. The best ones aren’t about the bouts or the battles— they’re about ordinary people in dire circumstances, merely hoping to get from Point A to Point B in one piece. The truly great films are less about pompous heroics than dramatic prayers for survival. (A case in point: “Alexander” vs. “Black Hawk Down.” Or “The Babe” vs. &l...

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