In Cinemas: November 27, 2015 — Creed, Victor Frankenstein, The Good Dinosaur, Trumbo

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Creed is maybe the year's biggest cinematic surprise, given my expectations going in versus the satisfaction coming out. It's a classic sports picture, appearing to do the impossible: It reanimates Rocky. Go here for my full review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv554B7YHk4 The studio held Victor Frankenstein back from critics until opening day on Wednesday, hoping to limit the…Read More

The Rocky series review

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With Creed on its way, I thought it was a good time to revisit the evergreen boxing movies about the Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia fighter from the streets played by an actor/director/screenwriter whose own success story mirrors his character's arc. Back in the mid-'70's, a jobbing actor named Sylvester Stallone took his shot at the…Read More

Carbon Arc Reviews: The Second Mother, When Marnie Was There, Phoenix, The Wolfpack, A Poem Is A Naked Person, The New Girlfriend, Tangerine, Court, Dough, Jimmy’s Hall, The Russian Woodpecker

This fall I've been part of the talented crew who program films and help out at Carbon Arc screenings taking place at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. Here are my thoughts on each of the films we screened. (Carbon Arc Cinema returns in the first week of February, 2016.) The Second Mother Written…Read More