Rebecca Hall

'Southpaw' packs a visual and emotional punch

'Southpaw' packs a visual and emotional punch


Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

Available on VOD Oct. 27

This boxing picture is brutish but effective, and how viewers react to it will have a lot to do with how much they mind shameless emotional manipulation. Jake Gyllenhaal gives an impressively raw performance as an exhausted light heavyweight champion named Billy Hope who comes to realize that his lavish lifestyle and happy family life could disappear overnight if he doesn't allow himself to keep getting pummeled senseless in the ring. Director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Kurt Sutter put Billy — and the audience — through the wringer, hitting their hero with one setback after...