Sylvester Stallone returns to the role that made him famous in this spinoff of the Rocky franchise. Retired boxer Rocky Balboa (Stallone) has put his fighting life behind him and now owns a restaurant in Philadelphia. But when Adonis "Donnie "Johnson (Jordan), the son of his old rival, pays him a visit, he allows himself to be drawn back into the boxing world to train the young man. Along with several of his old boxing buddies, Rocky starts teaching his young protege everything he knows about fighting in the ring. After Donnie defeats a well-known local fighter, word begins to spread about his skill and his legendary trainer. Soon enough, he's contacted by" Pretty" Ricky Conlan (Bellew), the light heavyweight champion, who's on the brink of retirement and wants to make Donnie his last fight.
Director: Ryan Coogler. Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew, Phylicia Rashad. 2015.133 min. Drama.
The Night Before
After Ethan's (Gordon-Levitt) parents die in a car accident a few days before Christmas, his two best friends, Isaac (Rogen) and Chris (Mackie), take him barhopping around New York City on Christmas Eve to help cheer him up. It becomes an annual tradition, and after a decade and a half of spending the night before Christmas partying and scouring the city for an elusive and exclusive party, the trio finally decides to accept that they've grown up and end the tradition. When Ethan finds
The Danish Girl
When artist Gerda Wegener (Vikander) asks her husband, Einar (Redmayne), to stand in for a woman in a painting that she's working on, it triggers a series of events that lead to some surprising revelations. She learns that her husband has long identified as a woman named Lili, and now that the secret is finally in the open, Lili's life starts to head in an entirely new direction. Director: Tom Hooper. Stars: Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne. 2015. 119 min. Drama.