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Cinderella Man (PG-13)

Take an underdog pugilist and set his greatest bout in the thick of Depression-era New York. Have it be a fight for his family - to be able to feed them - as much as for the sport. Oh, and make sure it's a true story. By Hollywood standards, it doesn't get much better. "Cinderella Man" is the touching story of boxer Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe), who, hungry and broken, makes his comeback against the outsized Heavyweight Champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko). It's also a terrific love story. Braddock's wife Mae, played by Renee Zellweger, loves him as much as she hates what he does. But she's enormously proud of him, and without her, he has no chance of winning the fight of his life. Bonus features include deleted scenes with commentary by director Ron Howard; the process of casting two Oscar winners (Crowe and Zellweger); a blow-by-blow account of the actual Braddock-Baer fight; and Braddock's story as told by his friends and family. Grade: A- - Teresa Mendez

Two holiday DVDs for the family

The holidays seem to bring a rush of direct-to-DVD movies, some better than others. Two animated family films coming out this week (each claiming to be an "instant classic") are worth singling out in the avalanche of new titles. …