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Creed

Creed-PosterDirector: Ryan Coogler

Writer: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew

Cert: 12

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2015 



What’s the story: Almost 40 years after Rocky Balboa’s first fight with Apollo Creed, the Italian Stallion finds himself coaching Creed’s illegitimate son Adonis. But a shot at a championship title is just one of the challenges the two must face.

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What’s the verdict: Rocky Balboa has always been a superhero. And like fellow heroes Bond and Batman, Balboa too has walked a path from gutsy realism to camp gaudiness.

Stallone’s 2006’s Rocky Balboa was a successful attempt to put grit back in the glove, and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler goes the full Casino Royale with a continu...

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Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station - painted posterDirector: Ryan Coogler

Writer: Ryan Coogler

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz

Running time: 85mins

Cert: 15

Year: 2013

 

The lowdown: Sober and compassionate telling of a true life case of police brutality in California’s Bay Area, when a train station altercation turned deadly after strong arm tactics and racial tensions collided. Michael B. Jordan delivers a commanding performance as Oscar Grant III, a 22 year old ex-con living out the final day of 2008, unaware of what a New Year’s night out will bring. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer provides excellent back-up as Grant’s mother.

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The full verdict: Opening with actual mobile phone video of the tragic encounter between Oscar Grant and the Bay City police, Fruitvale Station then rewinds to Grant’s final day.

A m...

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