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Fight Club meets the Hatfields and McCoys in this documentary about the bare-knuckle bruisers of Ireland.
"...Palmer, a sometime commercial director and documentarian, toiled on Knuckle for 12 long years, and as a result, we..."

Dec. 9, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

FF2011: James Quinn McDonagh Shows His 'Knuckle'
Bare knuckle bruiser talks fair fighting and boxing Tim League
"...collective gulp. After all, the star of the brutal bare-knuckle boxing documentary Knuckle is famous for feuds that last..."

Sept. 26, 2011 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

FF2011: Getting Fisted By 'Knuckle'
An interview with 'Knuckle' director Ian Palmer
"...filmmaker Ian Palmer stumbled into the shadowy world of bare-knuckle boxing and bloody feuds amongst the native Irish subculture..."

Sept. 22, 2011 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

The Luv Doc: A Knuckle-Dragging Meathead
The worst kind of ignorance is ignorance accompanied by hubris
"...– like you, Paul – used to be a knuckle-dragging, myopic, ethnocentric meathead, but then i went places, met..."

June 20, 2014 Column by The Luv Doc

A White-Knuckle Western
Co-directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks aim to Kill or Be Killed

Feb. 26, 2016 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

Out of the Furnace
The writer/director of Crazy Heart returns with an all-star cast for his sophomore effort, which takes place amid the rusted-out lives of America's steel belt.
" thrills and punishment in the underground sport of bare-knuckle boxing. Meanwhile a vehicular accident results in Russell doing..."

Dec. 13, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

This Stephen King adaptation floats with the best of them
"...and perils of youthful friendships, but It is a white-knuckle horror show blessed with an R rating, by which..."

Sept. 8, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Jason Bourne
The former CIA op resurfaces in a new era of electronic surveillance
"...squandering his superior battle skills in off-the-grid bouts of bare-knuckle fighting with all takers. Then his location is discovered..."

July 29, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Gift
Joel Edgerton moves to the director's chair for this white-knuckle suspenser
"...themselves into master-class craftsmen in the service of brooding, white-knuckle suspense films. The Gift is Joel’s feature directorial debut..."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Liam Neeson plays a flawed lawman once again, this time tasked with finding the terrorist on a plane.
"...Hollywood were trying to turn air travel into a white-knuckle adventure. Fortunately, the future of commercial aviation won’t be..."

Feb. 28, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Broken City
Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe mix it up in this mystery thriller directed by Allen Hughes.
"...would have never thought cinematically possible: He creates a white-knuckle scene from a mayoral debate about zoning policy. You..."

Jan. 18, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Sleepless Night
Purloined cocaine, his kidnapped son, and a den of thieves who wish him ill cause one man to have a very desperate night in this taut French thriller.
"...choreography, there's something pleasurably old-fashioned to the film's authentically knuckle-down fight staging. It's desperate, sweaty, heaving business bashing heads..."

May 11, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Final Destination 5
In case we've forgotten, this series returns to remind us that death does not like to be cheated.
"...crew member, and screenwriter Eric Heisserer manufacture some seriously white-knuckle moments, none better than the opening bridge collapse but..."

Aug. 19, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This film is set amid the world of underground street fighting where the plays bob and weave for love and respect.
"...reading of the title, reveals considerably more: The characters bare-knuckle dust one another, to be sure, but they're also..."

May 1, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Man Apart
"...afford a certain shade of respect to Diesel's usual knuckle-dragging theatre of the fist. Close, but no cigar. Still,..."

April 4, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...slick, in fact, that Mostow (who also penned the white-knuckle script) seems to have abandoned any notion of character..."

April 21, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...a contemporary thriller the 1998 Psycho is hardly a white-knuckle ride. To some degree, that's because the plot is..."

Dec. 11, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Star Wars: Special Edition
" on the death star is. It’s an icy-pure, white-knuckle ride that never lets up until the final ceremony..."

Jan. 31, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Luv Doc: A Good Person
The Achilles heel of COVID is that it's not deadly enough to get the attention of the real knuckle draggers
"...deadly enough to get the attention of the real knuckle-draggers. I know, I know. Your boyfriend is basically a..."

May 21, 2021 Column by The Luv Doc

Fantastic Returns
Festival faves return with Oscar buzz
"...Squad: The Enemy Within: Then there's Irish feuding/boxing documentary Knuckle, which hit big this year – not least because..."

Dec. 10, 2011 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

It's On! Tim League Vs Keanu Reeves
Fantastic Fest debate to feature "Man of Tai Chi" star
"...his ass handed to him by Uwe Bohl, bare knuckle boxer and Knuckle star James Quinn McDonagh, and even..."

Sept. 6, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Luv Doc: The Digital Scale for Gayness
Just because you enjoy a certain sexual activity doesn't automatically qualify you for a whole new orientation
"...a pinky finger, but only up to the first knuckle, you're solidly heterosexual but open-minded. Ring finger, second knuckle?..."

July 30, 2021 Column by The Luv Doc

Here Today
Crystal and Haddish bond beautifully in this bittersweet comedy
"...This isn't the white-knuckle psychological horror of The Father, but it is terrifying,..."

May 7, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Bob Odenkirk gets gritty in this bloody, smart John Wick riff
"...adopted his dialect. So here he just goes for bare-knuckle simplicity, and it hits like a slapjack. When the..."

March 26, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Underground boxing drama pits brother against brother
"...and bond on a road trip to an underground bare-knuckle boxing tournament...."

Nov. 6, 2020 Movie Review

The Shadow of Violence
Blood and regret in an Irish town
"...Not reviewed at press time. Bare-knuckle boxing and gangster violence on the coast of Ireland,..."

July 31, 2020 Movie Review

Colombian child-soldier drama is a bleak look into the cruelty of innocents
"...character here is the insane terrain itself. There’s one white-knuckle sequence (among many) that tosses three main characters into..."

Sept. 27, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Astounding true story of first women in professional yachting's biggest race
"...exploitation cinema is infamous for its sheer badassery and white-knuckle storytelling (check out Mark Harley’s Not Quite Hollywood for..."

July 26, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Backwoods crime drama with a social conscience is gruelingly bleak
"...of their paths is at the Donnybrook, a no-holds-barred bare-knuckle tournament held somewhere off the grid and beyond the..."

Feb. 15, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Boy Erased
Joel Edgerton goes to gay conversion therapy's heart of darkness
"...bit, until it’s all you can do not to white-knuckle your armrest. Yes, Boy Erased is a horror movie,..."

Nov. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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