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'Undefeated' opens today, gets rave reviews

The Oscar-winning film Undefeated opens in theaters today.

The made-in-Memphis documentary, which was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, took home an Academy Award last Sunday.

Here's a review from Greg Akers in the Memphis Flyer about the film that is playing at the Paradiso. (Excerpt: "Undefeated crackles with energy. It's an emotional haymaker: There are at least two scenes where you will cry.")

And here's more from Akers who interviewed the filmmakers.

Here's some of John Beifuss' review in The Commercial Appeal:

"Undefeated ... is a fly-on-the-wall chronicle of almost a year in the life of the playoff-bound Manassas football team that finds the warmth, vulnerability and, yes, love that is sometimes hard for outsiders to see beneath the rough, prickly and damaged exterior of the impoverished North Memphis neighborhood where much of the action takes place. It's a sports film with all the come-from-behind suspense and stand-up-and-cheer appeal one expects from the genre, but with some real-life grit and surprise, and a naked emotionalism that makes it almost a tearjerker for men. (The movie 'had me crying like a baby,' Sean 'Diddy' Combs told The New York Times, explaining why he made a deal with the Weinstein Company to become an after-the-fact 'executive producer' of the film.)"


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