Review: Creed II — No Fancy Footwork, All Thudding Haymakers

“If I can change and you can change… everybody can change!” So declared a bleeding and blubbering Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) at the end of 1985’s Rocky IV, minutes after he defeated the superhuman boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) to avenge best friend Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) death at the Soviet’s red-gloved hand, thereby winning…

Review: Mid90s Hints at the Development of a Great Filmmaker

Mid90s may be a movie about adolescence, but the movie itself feels like an adolescent top. Shot on 16mm film in a 4:3 aspect ration, Mid90s drifts between a strikingly mature directorial debut from actor Jonah Hill and a clunky film full of first-timer mistakes. An example of the former occurs shortly after young protagonist…

Review: Apostle Unnerves Through Viscera, Not Dread

The Wicker Man is the name of a 1973 film directed by Robin Hardy, about an uptight Christian policeman (Edward Woodward) whose search for a missing girl takes him to an island where citizens practice Celtic paganism under the direction of a charismatic leader (Christopher Lee). Tension builds slowly as the self-righteous officer discovers too…