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Today in Movie History: December 3

Creed II has proven the longevity of the Rocky franchise beyond the shadow of a doubt, but nothing quite matches the original: an underdog story for the ages remarkable less for the ultimate success of its hero (he loses the fight at the end), but the notion of making the most of your opportunities. Sylvester Stallone is one of the …

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Today in Movie History: November 27

Treasure Planet — and more specifically, the massive financial failure of Treasure Planet — has been widely cited as traditional animation’s death knell. That undeniable fact covers up the wonderful movie behind it, and while it has developed a cult following over the years, this amazing space-opera update of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic deserves a much wider audience. It opened …

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Today in Movie History: October 22

It’s hard to overestimate the impact a movie like Boys Don’t Cry can have over time: not only for giving voice to a vital social movement, but for putting a very human face on it. Hilary Swank vanquished a very crowded field to win the Best Actress Oscar, and the film itself spoke to the harsh realities facing the LGBT community in …

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Today in Movie History: October 8

  Shakespearean adaptations have their ups and downs. The great ones define the Bard for a generation, while the less-than-great ones tend to live on in high school classrooms if nowhere else. But few can deny the standing of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet in their ranks: a timeless take on the age-old story that still feels as pertinent as …

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Today in Movie History: May 22

The summer season traditionally kicked off on Memorial Day weekend, with the pre-planned 600-lb. gorilla du jour grabbing the pole position every year. Unfortunately, that meant a lot of high-end sequels of dubious quality landing in late May: notable more  for failing to meet expectations than advancing whatever the franchise in question was. Yet all of them remain interesting… as cinematic …

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Today in Movie History: April 1

For April Fool’s Day, the releases today haven’t been very funny… Euthanasia Day notwithstanding. Speaking of which, we begin with Death Race 2000, Paul Bartel’s beautifully loopy dystopian car chase movie that became a cult classic. If you’re only familiar with this story through the guilty-pleasure of a Jason Statham remake, you owe it to yourself to take a look. …

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Creed: Blu-ray Review

Review by Robert T. Trate Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad Directed by: Ryan Coogler Written by: Ryan Coogler (screenplay), Aaron Covington (screenplay), Sylvester Stallone (characters) Running time: 133 minutes Year of release: 2015 Rating:  PG-13 Sometimes it takes perspective, time and a whole new generation to tell the next installment. Who else would be willing to tackle the …