Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc./Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

A man’s fight

Movie | Fatherhood wins by a knockout in boxing sequel Creed II
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/26/18, 02:18 pm

The special screening of Creed II that I attended allotted two rows for the press. The remaining seats were filled by folks organizers evidently brought in to whoop it up. And why not whoop it up? Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is a handsome, chiseled warrior who puts his heavyweight boxing title and his life on the line against a massive Russian puncher. Donnie is the Greatest American Hero for the new millennium.

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A father’s love

Movie | Story of a drug-abusing boy and his relentless father is painful to watch
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/20/18, 12:23 am

Beautiful Boy is difficult to watch. It hurts on many levels. Based on the dual memoirs of David Sheff and his son, Nic, the film despairs that a drug addict can ever kick his habit. Nic gets clean for a while, but again and again chooses to shoot up with crystal meth. As surely as highs crash, so too recoveries collapse, the film seems to say.

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Roadshow Films

Protecting the penguins

Movie | A dog with an untraditional task provides fodder for a traditional family film
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/20/18, 12:19 am

The 2015 Australian film Oddball, based on actual events, is a traditional family dog flick that is streaming on Amazon and that the whole family can enjoy during the holidays.

Squirrelly sheepdog Oddball is more interested in causing trouble than guarding chickens, even though it’s what he’s bred for. His mom is the right-hand hound of chicken farmer Swampy Marsh. Without her, Swampy wouldn’t be able to keep foxes from killing his precious merchandise. Unfortunately, Oddball is not up to defending fowl, and he isn’t particularly popular with Swampy’s neighbors.   

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