Is “Creed” a knockout? “Brooklyn” worth visiting? What about “Good Dinosaur” and “Trumbo?” Popcorn Bag reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's getting to be too cold for outdoor activities. Watch FOX 4 film critics' Popcorn Bag reviews see which movies are worth heading to the theater to check out.

 

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.

 

SHAWN

"Creed" is just a great movie. Essentially it's the 7th "Rocky" movie and it perfectly follows the "Rocky" formula. That's not a bad thing because it works. And director Ryan Coogler brilliantly puts just enough of his own spin on things to make "Creed" one of the best and hugely entertaining movies of the year.

 

RUSS

The movie is so reverent to the “Rocky” formula that it’s nearly becomes a virtual remake.

 

SHAWN

The revelation is Sylvester Stallone. He delivers the best performance of his career with a heartfelt and emotionally powerful presence that should be rewarded with Oscar accolades.

 

RUSS

It’s no knockout, but “Creed” proves that the formula is still a crowd pleaser.

 

SHAWN

"Creed" is basically a father/son story. The chemistry between Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone is amazing. And Tessa Thompson refreshingly makes the most of the rare role positively written for a black woman. Yes, "Creed" is a boxing movie but it's about a lot more. And it's a new classic for a new generation.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

 

2) BROOKLYN (PG-13)

Fox Searchlight

 

RUSS

“Brooklyn” is an ‘old-fashioned’ romantic drama in the best sense of the term. Saorise Ronan stars in a love triangle about a teenage girl who, in the 1950s, leaves her Irish homeland to find work in New York.

 

SHAWN

"Brooklyn" is well-made and terrifically acted but bored me to death. It's a simple story that is somewhat moving. But an utterly conventional romance that fails to excite.

 

RUSS

It looks like it could have been made in Hollywood’s Golden Era…and that’s a very good thing.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

 

3) THE GOOD DINOSAUR (PG)

Disney/Pixar

 

RUSS

Disney/Pixar scores again with the beautifully animated story of the adventures of a lost dinosaur. Yes, it's very derivative, but the small, inspired details make it work. Take the kids and the Kleenex.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

 

4) TRUMBO (R)

Bleeker Street

 

RUSS

Dalton Trumbo was a screenwriter who was blacklisted in 1947 for his leftist politics. He continued to write, winning two Oscars under assumed names. Bryan Cranston is terrific as the colorful writer in “Trumbo,” a well-acted and entertaining comic drama. Its themes are more relevant today than you might expect.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:

 

-VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN (PG-13)

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in “Victor Frankenstein.” This time, the classic horror tale is told from Igor’s perspective.

 

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