Thursday, November 26, 2015

Movie Review: Rousing ‘Creed’ Goes The Distance

By Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS)

Creed, the latest installment in the Rocky saga, is like that aging fighter on the undercard who you hope can just hold his own and escape the ring with his life but you fear will get his lights knocked out. After all, this is the seventh film in a franchise that seemed to have run its course.

It doesn’t matter that it’s directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, whose 2013 feature debut, Fruitvale Station, was one of the best films of that year. He wouldn’t be the first celebrated indie director to slip and fall off the Hollywood ladder when reaching for the mainstream.…

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Late Night Roundup: Stephen Colbert Takes On ‘NostraDonald’

Stephen Colbert examined Donald Trump’s amazing ability to predict future events — if they’d already been in the news. “How spooky — it’s like Trump has some kind of fifth sense that lets him see what’s in newspapers and on TV’s.”

And Stephen is joining in: “Tonight, I will attempt to predict — the predictable!”

Seth Meyers took a more serious tack, in examining Trump’s newest wave of racist paranoia: “What’s scary is, Trump has crossed the threshold from fun, wildcard candidate who said crazy things and made debates watchable — to someone who is spreading dangerous rhetoric.”

And James Corden talked about Donald Trump’s quest to become the Time Person of the Year: “in a speech he said, ‘I assume they’re considering me, but they can’t do it — even if I deserve it, they can’t do it.’ And that is also the thought process you should have when you’re thinking of voting for Trump for president.”

Column: ‘Home Alone’ A Holiday Classic? Don’t Make Me Laugh

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune (TNS)

Pardon me, but Home Alone has made enough hundreds of millions of dollars by now and solidified enough of a multigenerational fan base to survive the following review: to hell with it.

This is not a popular or festive sentiment. People are crazy for Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin’s blase comic authority killed, and helped make it one of the most popular comedies ever made. For millions of preteen children (and plenty of others), its final 30 minutes is the definition of rousing slapstick comedy.

This breaks my heart.

Seriously. It breaks my heart.…

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