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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Creed Clips

The steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum have become quite iconic thanks to the famous training montage from the original Best Picture winning boxing drama Rocky. Plenty of tourists have ran up those steps and taken countless pictures there in honor of Sylvester Stallone‘s iconic character Rocky Balboa, and now the city of Philadelphia is honoring the forthcoming franchise spin-off Creed with an honorary, celebratory day.

In addition, you can watch just over five minutes of footage from Creed with seven clips that have been released online as we get closer to the release later this month. Get more details on the honorary day and watch the batch of Creed clips after the jump. Read More »

Moon Knight TV Series

The Marvel rumor mill never stops churning. Two new reports purport to shed some light on the studio’s future plans. One claims the studio is zeroing in on Creed/Fruitvale Station filmmaker Ryan Coogler for the Black Panther directing gig, while the other says a Moon Knight TV series is in the works from Marvel and Netflix. Keep that salt shaker handy, because you’re going to need it.

Read the Black Panther director and Moon Knight TV series rumors after the jump.  Read More »

Creed trailer

Rocky spawned five sequels over thirty years, some better than others. Now in Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returns one more time to pass the torch to a new young fighter: Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his old friend and rival Apollo Creed. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) directs. Watch the new Creed trailer after the jump. Read More »

Rocky Creed

Rocky’s boxing days may be behind him, but that doesn’t mean he’s left the ring completely. In the first official image from Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) steps up to train a promising young boxer, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), who just happens to be the son of his old rival Apollo.

Also starring are Phylicia Rashad as Apollo’s widow, Tessa Thompson as Adonis’ love interest, and Anthony Bellew as boxer “Pretty” Ricky Conlan. Get your Creed first look after the jump. Read More »

Creed Synopsis

Creed sounds like a great way to structure a new chapter in the very long-running Rocky saga. For this film, Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky, but he’s not the central figure. Rather, Rocky is working as trainer to Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan, above), the son of his old rival Apollo Creed. In other words, Rocky is stepping into the shoes of his old trainer, Mickey. Now a Creed synopsis has surfaced, giving us a few new details about the story, including one which suggests the end of Rocky’s own path could be near. Read More »

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A new entry into the Rocky series has finally begun moving forward. Creed, directed by and starring the Fruitvale Station team of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, has been in-development for over a year. It’ll star Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), the nemesis/friend of Rocky Balboa who died in Rocky IV. He’s an up and coming boxer and asks his dad’s old friend Rocky (Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role) for help.

Now it seems like the film is aiming at a January start date and two champion boxers are about to sign on. Read more about the Rocky spin-off, Creed, below. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo

Star Wars Episode VII has dominated the news over the past day or so, but it’s certainly not the only sequel in town. After the jump:

  • Matt Reeves talks Planet of the Apes sequels
  • Ryan Coogler offers details on the Rocky spinoff Creed
  • John McTiernan wrote Thomas Crown 2 while in prison
  • Christopher McQuarrie shares a pic from M:I5 prep
  • Get an eyeful of Optimus Prime in a new Transformers still

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Need further proof something official is coming from the world of Star Wars? A second actor has confirmed on the record that, yes, they auditioned for the film. First was Saoirse Ronan and next is Michael B. Jordan, the Friday Night Lights, Wire and Fruitvale Station star. Jordan recently confirmed he auditioned for Star Wars Episode VII but doesn’t know much about it. And no lightsaber for him.

He also addressed rumors he’s up for roles in Fantastic Four, Independence Day 2 and that Rocky spinoff Creed with Ryan Coogler. Read all his quotes below. Read More »