‘Battle of the Sexes’ looks at tennis legend Billie Jean King’s struggle with her sexuality, women’s rights

By : Melissa Murphy of the Associated Press
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She won a Wimbledon doubles title at 17 and married Larry King in 1965 while both were students at California State University, Los Angeles. He studied law and played tennis on a scholarship. Billie Jean studied history and worked two jobs because she had no scholarship, which her husband noted made her a “second-class citizen.”

That epiphany led King to social activism on and off the court. She and eight other women eventually put their careers on the line in 1970 to start the Virginia Slims tennis tour, with the deep pockets of tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman and corporate sponsor Philip Morris.

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Screened Out – Foxcatcher

By : Stephen Miller
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Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Though Foxcatcher has been in the theaters for a month, it recently grabbed five Oscar nominations. It’s worth seeing, if only for the exceptional performances.

The three actors at the center of this creepy wrestling tale are mesmerizing. Carell is almost unrecognizable as the privileged, eccentric John du Pont. Ruffalo displays his usual understated tenderness, and Tatum keeps uncovering the rough poetics of America’s less-than-genius lugs.

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