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Us Rating: ****

This true story -- for which Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won Academy Awards -- follows two brothers from Massachusetts: boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his mentor turned crackhead sibling, Dicky (Bale). As Micky's star rises and Dicky’s addiction threatens their livelihoods, they clash not only with each other, but with their manager mom (Leo). Amy Adams also got an Oscar nod as Micky's gal, a tough-talking bartender who’s no Disney princess. (Paramount, $30)