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  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2015

    Nostalgic sequels might be all the rage right now, but Ryan Coogler's CREED really sets the bar for how to do it right. Focusing on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, returning to Philadelphia to train with his father's onetime rival and friend, Rocky Balboa, so he can follow in Apollo's footsteps as a boxing champion. This time, Rocky is the supporting character, finding himself in Adonis' corner just like Burgess Meredith's Mickey once was…

  • Rocky II

    Rocky II 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Dec, 2015

    While ROCKY II may lack the sheer exuberance of the original ROCKY, Sylvester Stallone (stepping into the director's chair for John G. Avildson) directed its sequel with a similar economy of style that focused on the indelible characters rather than the action. It is those character moments that really stick here - Rocky standing vigil by Adrian's hospital bed, Mickey sitting with Rocky in the chapel - and what really defined the series as a whole. While the ending this…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.