Is “Creed” a knockout? “Room” expansive? What about “The Danish Girl” and “Youth?” Popcorn Bag Home Video reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- Russ and Shawn take a look at some of the Oscar picks now arriving on DVD. See what they thought of some of this year's most critically-acclaimed films.

1) CREED (PG-13)

Warner Brothers

 

RUSS

If you thought that the “Rocky” movie series was down for the count, think again. “Creed” revives the franchise with the story of the troubled illegitimate son of the late Apollo Creed.

 

The movie is so reverent to the “Rocky” formula that it’s nearly becomes a virtual remake. It’s no knockout, but “Creed” proves that the formula is still a crowd pleaser.

 

Shawn calls it, “ A new classic for a new generation. The best Rocky movie since the first.”

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

 

2) ROOM (R)

Element Pictures

 

RUSS

You’d be hard pressed to find more effective acting than in the harrowing drama, “Room.” Brie Larson is terrific in her Oscar-nominated performance playing a woman held captive for years in a backyard shed. She plots an escape with her five-year-old son, who was born in the room.

 

Young Jacob Tremblay gives one of the best child performances of all time as the confused and frightened young lad. In spite of the off-putting material, “Room” has depth, is emotionally engrossing and is one of the best films of the year.

 

Shawn calls “Room,” “Powerful and emotional. Exceptional performances.”

 

RUSS: 5 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 5 Popcorn Bags

 

3) THE DANISH GIRL (R)

Focus Features
RUSS

“The Danish Girl” stars Eddie Redmayne as the person undergoing the very first sex change operation in the 1920s. Redmayne and Alicia Vikander give the kind of performances that Oscars loves in this handsome production.  While is is very well acted, it's a one-note period drama.

 

Shawn calls it, “A bit too melodramatic but the acting is solid.”

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

 

4) YOUTH (R)

Fox Searchlight

 

RUSS

“Youth” is an art house movie with a capital “A.” This English language entry from Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is, on the surface, about an elderly composer’s retirement at a resort in the Swiss Alps. Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda are part of an impressive cast that adds some life to this ultra-pretentious commentary on aging.

 

Shawn calls it, “A life changing masterpiece. Different, avant garde, sweeping and powerfully moving.”

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 5 Popcorn Bags

 

 

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