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YOUR LEGACY IS MORE THAN A NAME. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of legendary heavyweight champ Apollo Creed, talks his father’s one-time rival and best friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) into training him. After six Rocky movies, Stallone was done… but then came the talented director of Fruitvale Station (2013) and convinced him … Continue reading Creed


BELIEVE IN HOPE. Light heavyweight champ Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is struck by a personal tragedy and has to start his life over, with help from a trainer (Forest Whitaker) in a small-time gym. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter’s script has a few themes in common with that show, as it explores the consequences … Continue reading Southpaw

Grudge Match

A RIVALRY 30 YEARS IN THE MAKING.  Former Pittsburgh boxers Henry Sharp and Billy McDonnen (Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro) have a bone to pick with each other ever since their last fight many years ago, and now the time has come for a “grudge match”. A big deal was made out of “Rocky” meeting … Continue reading Grudge Match

Rocky V

GO FOR IT! After the last movie’s big fight in the Soviet Union, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) returns home with a brain damage and few financial assets; he starts training a young, promising boxer (Tommy Morrison)… A completely superfluous sequel that tries to connect with the simplicity of the first film. Offers the novelty of Stallone … Continue reading Rocky V

Rocky IV

GET READY FOR THE NEXT WORLD WAR. Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) wants a comeback in the ring and decides to fight an intimidating Soviet boxer (Dolph Lundgren); the disastrous consequences pulls Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) into the biggest bout of his life. It’s possible to view this third sequel, the most bankable of them all, as … Continue reading Rocky IV

Rocky III

A FIGHTER. A LOVER. A LEGEND. THE GREATEST CHALLENGE.  Heavyweight champ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is challenged by a young, very aggressive fighter (Mr. T) and fails to see that the right attitude plays a huge part in winning… Much like Rocky has been shaped by wealth and success, this is a very slick chapter … Continue reading Rocky III

Rocky II

THERE IS ONE FIGHT LEFT. HE MUST WIN IT WITH HIS HANDS… SHE MUST WIN IT WITH HER HEART. After the sensational fight that almost ended Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) career, the champ feels humiliated and demands a rematch; Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) refuses at first. After two box-office failures, Stallone returned to the concept that … Continue reading Rocky II

Rocky: Rise of an Italian Stallion

YOU HAVE A RINGSIDE SEAT FOR THE BLOODIEST BICENTENNIAL IN HISTORY! At the 1977 Academy Awards, Sylvester Stallone and Muhammad Ali staged a comic brawl as a way of showing that Ali had no ill feelings toward this fresh Hollywood star. When Stallone wrote Rocky and created a larger-than-life heavyweight champ, he was inspired by … Continue reading Rocky: Rise of an Italian Stallion

Real Steel

CHAMPIONS AREN’T BORN. THEY’RE MADE. In the near future, when robots have replaced humans in boxing, Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) loses his champ but gets an unexpected new chance at winning fights – thanks to his 11-year-old son (Dakota Goyo). More inspired by than based on Richard Matheson’s sci-fi story, this is a strictly formulaic … Continue reading Real Steel

Raging Bull: Fists of Fury

Martin Scorsese doesn’t really care about sports movies. The idea of making a film about Jake LaMotta would probably never have hit him were it not for Robert De Niro. The actor first read La Motta’s autobiography in 1974 and became fascinated, but when he showed it to Scorsese the director was far from impressed. … Continue reading Raging Bull: Fists of Fury

The Fighter

It certainly has a ring of truth, this home-grown drama about the troubled relationship between two Massachusetts prizefighters who are also brothers, Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund. The project was nursed by Mark Wahlberg (also born and raised in that state), shot on location, features a few real-life appearances (such as Mickey O’Keefe, Ward’s mentor) … Continue reading The Fighter

Requiem for a Heavyweight

THE WORLD OF “MOUNTAIN” RIVERA… THE FAST BUCK… THE ANGRY MEN… THE LONELY WOMEN! Prizefighter “Mountain” Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is knocked out in the ring and told by the doctor that he needs to retire; however, finding a new line of work is hard for someone who only knows the art of fighting. Marty (1955), … Continue reading Requiem for a Heavyweight