Not Another Boxer Movie

Movies about boxers are a dime a dozen. Raging Bull transcends the genre — it’s one of the best movies ever made. Robert De Niro stars as a ring fighter with a heinous attitude problem. He has a teenage girlfriend, a waifish platinum blond whom he could easily snap apart limb by limb. His brother, played by Joe Pesci, is intimate with the Mob. The film is famous for its blood-splattering, bare-knuckle brutality.

An open-minded church group, Cinema Verite, is screening Raging Bull and hosting a discussion afterward. Cinema Verite has nothing to do with the French filmmaking style by the same name. The group is literally seeking “truth in cinema.” In other words, they’re searching for God in a sadistically violent Martin Scorsese flick. Awesome!

Raging Bull shows Monday at 7 p.m. at 503 SE Sixth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $5. For more info, call 954-760-9898, or visit fliff.com.
Mon., May 18, 7 p.m., 2009

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