‘Creed’ goes the distance and delivers brilliance

One of the toughest tests a director can be faced with is taking on a film in a franchise that features a truly iconic, larger than life character.  That’s the task writer/director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) accepted with Creed.  “Adonis Creed” (Jordan) is the illegitimate son of the late “Apollo Creed” (Weathers, seen only in flashback).  Born after the tragic death of his father, Adonis’ mother dies soon after his birth and he has moved from group home to group home before winding up in Juvenile Hall.  “Mary Ann Creed” (Rashad) decides to open her home to her late husband’s son.

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‘Homefront’ is incomplete and underdeveloped

Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in 'Homefront'
Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in ‘Homefront’

[rating=2]Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic
Director: Gary Fleder
Writer: Sylvester Stallone

While lately movies made from kids and teen books have been all the rage and able to develop as franchises, adult-oriented fare hasn’t been as lucky. Last year gave us the very disappointing Alex Cross and Jack Reacher, which likely stopped any plans for follow-ups dead in their tracks. Now Phil Broker comes to the screen in Homefront, and although not renaming the film after the character was a good start, more wrong choices were made than right.

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‘Bullet to the Head’ will leave you scratching yours

66-year-old Sylvester Stallone still looks bad ass
66-year-old Sylvester Stallone still looks bad ass

[rating=2]Starring:  Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater and Jon Seda
Director(s):  Walter Hill
Writer(s):  Alessandro Camon (screenplay), Alexis Nolent (graphic novel)

The first thing a frequent moviegoer will think upon exiting the auditorium after seeing Bullet to the Head is “didn’t I just see a movie with this basic plot device?”  That’s because they probably just did, when they saw Broken City.  The scheme being orchestrated by the main bad guy is the same in both films.

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‘The Expendables 2’ is loud, fun, and a real ‘E’ ticket adventure

'The Expendables 2' (from left to right) Jason Stratham, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger
‘The Expendables 2’ (from left to right) Jason Stratham, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger

The recipe for The Expendables 2 was pretty simple.  Take just about every famous and successful action-adventure star from the 1980s, stir into a simmering story about 5 tons of misplaced weapons grade plutonium and add lots of shooting and action.  Voila!  The nearly perfect popcorn flick for summer of 2012.

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