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It’s a Good Year for Boxing Flicks

Boxing movies are normally decent hits because they offer a sports film about fighters; in life and in the ring. We watch someone get repeatedly knocked down without quitting because they have something to fight for. In the past, boxing movies such as Raging BullRocky, The Fighter, Million Dollar Baby, and even Cinderella Man have drawn us in and captured our hearts. Boxing movies are just great.

This year three boxing movies are scheduled to come out that look very promising, which is nice. In a couple of weeks on July 24 things are kicked off with Southpaw, followed up by Creed (Nov. 25) and finished with Bleed for This, which doesn’t have a release date. Each of the films looks promising because they offer a different story that revolves around boxing with great casts attached.

Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and was written by Kurt  Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). It focuses on a title holding boxer who gets into an altercation which ends up with the death of his wife. This causes him to hit rock bottom in life and overcome personal loss to become great again. The movie looks very dark and like it will be another solid notch on Gyllenhaal’s resume. I’m curious to see how this writing performance is from Sutter, because his second half of Sons was sub-par.

Creed brings us back to the Rocky franchise with a new character, Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Johnson is a young fighter who never knew his dad and doesn’t want anything to do with him. He is out to prove himself as one of the greats and eventually tracks down his father’s old friend and competitor, Rocky Balboa, for training. This leads us into a new era where Rocky is on the sideline guiding and teaching a new fighters (we’ll just ignore Tommy Gunn). I hope that they get Creed right because the Rocky films were always so inspiring, but Ryan Coogler is a good director and knows how to bring the best out of Jordan.

Bleed for This definitely seems to be the least known of the three films, but it is the third boxing movie that stars Miles Teller and tells us the crazy comeback story of Vinny Pazienza. Teller is a fantastic actor and I think he could really nail this role. I don’t know anything about the director but will still see this movie for Teller. This film doesn’t have a release date yet, but it could be a possible Oscar contender.

Boxing films hook us because they are emotional. People take their anger out in fighting for something and it makes for a good movie. There is a chance that these three movies could continue the string of solid boxing movies from year’s past and end 2015 strongly. I have high hopes for these movies and it would be awesome if they were all successful.

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5 July Movies That I’m Most Excited For

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The summer movie season is in full swing now, and it’s been great thus far. Coming into 2015, we all knew there was plenty to be excited for, but now that so many hits are delivering, this year is really turning out to be a phenomenal one. Of course there were the guaranteed winners like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Pitch Perfect 2, but when it comes to blockbuster action or comedy flicks, it’s always a 50/50 chance for success.

In 2015, Furious 7 kicked things off in the Spring with huge box office numbers and a really fun installment to the franchise. More recently, movies like Jurassic World and Mad Max: Fury Road have returned to famous franchises from the past and re-established why we loved them so much. Even something along the lines of Spy was a really nice comedic surprise when it could have been a horrific flop.

I don’t even need to talk about Pixar’s Inside Out.

Even when you dig deeper into the indie scene there have been great releases like Ex MachinaDope and Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.

It’s just a great year for movies, and we’re only at the halfway mark.

As we look forward to the upcoming months, there are still tons of great films that I’m itching to see, but right now we’re just going to stick to July alone.

These are the five movies I’m looking forward to the most in July.

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5. Trainwreck (July 17)

Trainwreck is my wildcard for July. The fifth movie has honestly been a Russian roulette for me; I would have filled this spot with Terminator Genisys but they decided to reveal most of the movie and a major plot twist in the previews which has me disappointed and bitter. I think Minions looks cute but not sure it is worthy of the spot, especially after seeing what Inside Out accomplished. I hadn’t heard of Self/Less until maybe two weeks ago and am somewhat intrigued by it, but can’t say it’s really drawing me in or that I’ll check it out in theaters.

So what does this leave us with? Trainwreck.

I’ll be honest, I have yet to be fully pulled in to the recent Amy Schumer craze, but I don’t dislike her. Luckily for everyone, I love Judd Apatow and Bill Hader. This movie has tons of potential, and I’m willing to take a chance on it. Usually, Apatow knows how to deliver a great story that has great comedy but knows how to be honest and real with its story and emotion. I’m hoping that he finds another winner with Trainwreck and it’s on my list because it has me curious enough to go check it out one night.

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4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (July 31)

It’s been a great summer for action movies. I honestly can’t think of one that has been a let down up to this point. When you prepare to watch an action movie, you just have to remind yourself that story and realness might not be an applicable thing to judge by. When I go to watch a Fast & Furious movie, I’m preparing to watch some ridiculous but fun action that involves cars and the characters I grew up with. Luckily though, Mission: Impossible nails action with a solid story.

While I will be honest, I need to refresh myself with the series (I plan on watching all of the movies before this one) they have never let down. Although Tom Cruise isn’t my favorite actor, I can always trust he will deliver when it comes to Mission: Impossible films.

The next chapter in the franchise; Rogue Nation focuses on Ethan Hunt and his team coming together for what might be their last mission as they attempt to take down the rogue spy group called The Syndicate. I’ve always felt like the MI films really wanted to be the American version of James Bond, but went too far with the action side of things; however, the movies have completely embraced what the people want and haven’t changed, which is why they find so much success. Considering how well Ghost Protocol did and is rated, I have no doubts that Rogue Nation will be awesome.

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3. Southpaw (July 31)

Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a hot head boxer named Billy “The Great” Hope, who is reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. One night his temper gets the best of him when he runs into an opponent that begins to crudely trash talk him and the situation ends with his wife being killed. When Hope seems to hit rock bottom, he finds a drive, determination and fire that he’s never had before.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors and when you look at his resume, he knows how to select a good role. Southpaw looks like a gritty and emotional story that will hit your emotions and give you something to route for. I imagine this will be another great performance from Gyllenhaal and am hoping to see something written by Kurt Sutter that feels more like the first couple seasons of Sons of Anarchy rather than the more recent ones that have just finished up.

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2. Ant-Man (July 17)

I bet a lot of people are amazed this wasn’t number one. It’s no secret, I’m a Marvel junkie, an I am beyond pumped for the next installment of their cinematic universe. While I enjoyed Age of Ultron a ton, I definitely left the theater feeling somewhat unfulfilled. I love everything that Marvel is building and think it’s awesome that they are incorporating so many heroes. Although Ant-Man is someone I’m slightly less familiar with (although I have read plenty of stories including the character), I think that this will be a Marvel movie comparable to my favorite comic, characters and movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians was the first natural feeling Marvel movie since Iron Man where the character and style perfectly meshed with what the movies are aiming to accomplish. Although The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier round out my top three Marvel films, I believe that Ant-Man has the ability to be something surprisingly satisfying. From the looks of the trailers it seems like Paul Rudd is another perfectly chosen actor for the role (which I always thought he would be) and that Marvel has nailed the tone that Ant-Man needs as a character.

While I’m easily more excited for next year’s Civil War story finally moving to the screen because it will incorporate most of the superheroes, I am more excited for the Ant-Man origin than I was for AoU.

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1. The End of the Tour (July 31 Limited)

I’ve been waiting to check out this movie ever since I heard about it. The End of the Tour is a movie about a five day interview between a Rolling Stone Reporter named David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and famous novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). The story takes place during 1996 just after the release of Wallace’s most known piece, Infinite Jest. The movie focuses on the relationship that forms between the two men and how their views on life impact one another.

I think I’m really hyped up for this because of Jason Segel. Segel is obviously known for his comedic roles, but it will be really nice to see him step into something that is this serious. From what I’ve read, people are really impressed with Segel’s performance down to the little body movements he makes. We know that Eisenberg is a solid actor and can pull off both serious and relaxed roles, but I have a good feeling that these two on screen will deliver a fantastic film.

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