creed review

Creed is a very, very good movie… but it’s a perfect Rocky movie. Here is that familiar, tried and true template given a fresh coat of paint and lovingly restored by people who give a damn. If you’ve ever liked any of the films in this series, this spin-off is going to get your blood pumping and eyes leaking. It’s the movie you want.

However, the real miracle of Creed is that isn’t anything like the Rocky sequels. The follow-ups to the original masterpiece (which is one of the best movies ever made) took a turn for the ridiculous. They got silly and began to lean too hard on series star Sylvester Stallone‘s action hero persona. The warmth, the charm, and the honesty of the first film was resurrected for 2006’s Rocky Balboa, but it’s back in full force in Creed. This spin-off, which finds an aging Rocky training the son of the late Apollo Creed, is second only to the first movie, and that’s because it recognizes what the first movie did so right.

Like them or not (and Rocky III and Rocky IV do offer some absurd pleasures), the Rocky sequels feel like Saturday morning cartoon versions of a genuinely great movie. Creed does the impossible: it coexists with them while avoiding everything they did wrong.

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Freddie Mercury Movie

The Freddie Mercury biopic has been in development for over half a decade now. The movie appeared to pick up speed when Sacha Baron Cohen (Grimsby) became attached to the project, before departing over “creative differences.” Now screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) has signed up to write the latest draft of the Sony project, which may star Ben Whishaw (Spectre).

Learn more about the Freddie Mercury biopic after the jump.

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Bill Hader in Trainwreck

Jesse Andrews recently turned his first novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, into his first screenplay, earning all sorts of praise as a result. Now he’s getting ready for another first: his feature directing debut. Andrews will direct Bill Hader in Empress of Serenity, an indie dramedy inspired by David Foster Wallace‘s essay A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. Read More »

Exposed trailer

The past few years have been kind to Keanu Reeves. Since the disastrous 47 Ronin, the actor has picked up some quality projects. Reeves is currently shooting John Wick 2, and will soon be seen in Exposed. The latter film is without a release date and a distributor, but with Reeves in the starring role, it’ll probably get scooped up soon.

After the jump, watch the foreign trailer for Exposed.

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son of saul trailer

Son of Saul may be a masterpiece. Hungary’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards is stunningly technical accomplishment, a two-hour tour through hell that will leave your emotions battered and leave your soul black and blue. Holocaust dramas are tough sells by their very nature, but director László Nemes‘ debut feature demands to be seen. This is bold, accomplished filmmaking, providing a crushing, fresh new angle on a subject that has already been filmed countless times.

The Son of Saul trailer only hints at the what the film is, but it’s all the better for it. Watch it after the jump.

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Logan's Run reboot

Hollywood has been trying to remake the science fiction film Logan’s Run for a long time now. So long that we’ve written about it over 20 times on /Film over the past 10 years.

X-Men series helmer Bryan Singer was originally on board to reboot the concept in 2005 , before dropping out for Superman Returns. Commercial director Joseph Kosinski briefly entertained the idea of directing the film before finding Tron Legacy over at Disney. Carl Erik Rinsch was developing the remake with Sunshine/28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, but moved on to 47 Ronin. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn developed the project as a Ryan Gosling vehicle for a year and a half with two writers (Andrew Baldwin and Will Beall). After Gosling and Refn dropped out, Bioshock creator Ken Levine was hired to get the long-in-the-works reboot on track.

In July, Simon Kinberg was the latest person to be brought on board to try to get the project going again. Kinberg, who already has his hands pretty full with the Star Wars and X-Men universes, is writing a treatment for the sci-fi remake, which he hopes to produce alongside Joel Silver (who has been on the project from the beginning of this whole development cycle). Kinberg reveals his vision for a Logan’s Run franchise and gives an update on the search for a director, after the jump.

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Casting someone to play legendary martial artist Bruce Lee isn’t like recasting Captain Kirk or James Bond. This guy isn’t just a cinematic persona that a new actor can try on like a suit – he was a real-deal badass whose cinematic persona was built around the fact that he could take down every last challenger in the room.

So best of luck to Hong Kong-born actor Philip Ng, who has been officially cast in the Bruce Lee not-quite-a-biopic Birth of the Dragon, which is about to begin filming under the direction of The Adjustment Bureau‘s George Nolfi.

Hit the jump for more on the Philip Ng Bruce Lee casting.

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