The New York Film Festival

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BOXING GYM
Is there any subject, location or organization that Frederick Wiseman (Meat, Hospital) can't make interesting? Give the 80-year-old documentarian something like an Austin boxing gym run by a crusty ex-pugilist, and he'll find the social petri dish lurking beneath the surface in no time. If this concise look at a meeting place for people hoping to better themselves—or regain past glories—isn't a complete KO, it's because you can wring only so much from footage of people pummeling punching bags and sparring in the ring. But average Wisemania is still a weight class above the work of most doc-makers, and the way he keeps circling back to the testing of physical limits offers an intriguing look at the spiritual need to sweat it out.—David Fear

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