Not to overuse or waste a cliché, but Creed is a knockout. More than just a next chapter in the ongoing Rocky saga, Ryan Coogler’s film stands proudly and dynamically on its own, this inspirational sports melodrama an outstanding piece of pulp entertainment almost certain to stand the test of time.
I really enjoy The Good Dinosaur, and while the film is far from Pixar’s best it has a pleasing, universal quality that’s virtually impossible to deny.
I think The Secret in Their Eyes holds up much better than most critics are likely going to say it does. Billy Ray’s remake stands on its own. It also features one of Julia Roberts best performance, the actress going to unnervingly deep emotional places in order to bring her character to life.
Unless you’re a diehard Disney fanatic/collector who just must have every single item released by the studio, there isn’t a great reason to double-dip on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Of all the films Warner Archive could bring to Blu-ray, they chose to give The Ice Pirates – yes, The Ice Pirates – a loving hi-def upgrade. Thankfully, they’ve done their typically wonderful job, picture and audio absolutely top-notch, so fans of this unabashedly silly, visually rambunctious sci-fi comedy will undoubtedly be pleased as far as that goes. Everyone else? Well, everyone else will likely wonder why all the fuss and bother – that’s if they even care to watch the movie in the first place.
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies holds up remarkably well on subsequent viewing, both Mark Rylance (who is nominated for an Oscar) and Tom Hanks turning in virtuoso performances as the two men central to all the Cold War antics that transpire.
For viewers in the right frame of mind, The Car is a heck of a lot of fun, and I for one can completely understand why it’s developed such a passionate cult following ever since its initial 1977 theatrical release.
The New Girlfriend might not showcase [François Ozon] at his best, but it does feature him continuing to try and tell stories many of his contemporaries would shy away from, this film finally ending up as a courageous saga of friendship, acceptance and identity I was happily captivated by.
Kansas City Confidential is a seriously great motion picture totally deserving of its status as a noir classic, standing the test of time in ways few similar efforts have.