Creed II: (****1/2) gives us time to breathe

After an engaging round one that saw Jordan move into the role of fighter and Stallone gracefully filling the role of trainer, Creed II gives us a development not only worthy of the series, but in better than most of the other films.

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Black Panther (*****) – All the Stars

The onslaught of press behind this film is warranted, but not only for the intersectional reasons the media wants to throw in your face. This is an ageless story about a world we all would love to visit. Who it represents is important, but it shouldn't be a victory limited to race. To leave it there would belie how important it is to humanity that we tell good, relatable stories. This is a great film.

Creed (****): One step at a time, one round at a time…

Creed - 2015 Director Ryan Coogler Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Tony Bellew, Graham McTavish Screenplay Coogler, Aaron Covington, Stallone As a tribute to a classic series, Ryan Coogler could not have taken a better angle. The thought of Rocky's kid taking the throne was mercifully left in the garbage bin of history with the last proper entry in the … Continue reading Creed (****): One step at a time, one round at a time…

Fantastic Four (***) – Time spent in the negative zone

Fantastic Four - 2015 Director Josh Trank Writers Trank and Simon Kinberg Starring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Simon Kinberg, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson The politics of Hollywood perspective mean that often times below average movies are given a free pass for not being better (see Transformers series) and … Continue reading Fantastic Four (***) – Time spent in the negative zone

Fruitvale Station (***1/2) – All sales are final

Fruitvale Station - 2013 Written and Directed by Rylan Coogler Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand , Chad Michael Murray If the point of the movie is to show the value of a human life in the time frame of the last day, they had me at the moment Oscar Grant III (Jordan) first … Continue reading Fruitvale Station (***1/2) – All sales are final