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Southpaw (2015)

An indie favourite in the world of boxing films, Southpaw is an inspiring piece on how you can rise up despite loss and grief. Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is living the best kind of life. He’s a successful boxer, has a loving wife (played by the wonderful Rachel McAdams), and a beautiful daughter. His world comes crashing down after an altercation with a rival turns violent, leaving his wife bleeding out in his arms. Crippled by grief, he turns to bad behaviour and ends up losing his daughter to child protective services. With the aim of getting his life and daughter back, he decides to un-hang his gloves and step back into the ring, which builds to a climactic fight against his former rival in an effort to win his title back. Although Jake’s shredded bod gained a lot of attention, this is boxing movie knows what its audience wants and provides it with an almighty right hook!

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