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Gary Wolcott


‘Creed’ packs a wallop

Creed is the seventh Rocky Balboa movie. The latest installment is the first of the seven that Sylvester Stallone didn’t write. It has Rocky training Apollo Creed’s kid, Adonis, who wants to box in daddy’s footsteps. Though the young man is clearly talented, Rocky is reluctant to return to the sport in any capacity.

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‘Good Dinosaur’ will be Thanksgiving’s top family film

The Good Dinosaur imagines a world where the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs missed. Millions of years after the miss, an accident tosses a dinosaur named Arlo into a raging river along with a pesky human boy he eventually calls Spot. Lost in the wilderness, the two try to find their way home.

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‘Trumbo’ is a triumph

The best movie of the year. At least so far. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) plays — no, becomes — Dalton Trumbo, who was the face of the Hollywood Ten during the dark days of Hollywood blacklisting. To put it simply, Trumbo — an avowed communist — challenged the House Committee on Un-American Activities and said it had no right to ask him his political affiliation and that it violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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‘Brooklyn’ has great performances, but offers little

Saorise Ronan is Ellis Lacey. Ellis has no prospects in her native Ireland, and encouraged by her caretaking sister, she leaves her widowed mother and immigrates to the U.S. for a fresh start. It’s set in the 1950s, and no single woman of her status lives alone so Ellis ends up in a boarding house with other, beautiful women and their crusty old landlady, played wonderfully by Julie Walters.

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