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Hands of Stone [ Hits:276 ]
Review: Roberto Duran and Ray Arcel are boxing legends, who each deserved their own respective biopics. Duran, a Panamanian professional boxer, is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all-time and American boxing trainer, Arcel, trained 20 world champion boxers. Hands of Stone, the nickname Duran earned for his devastating punching power, tries to encompass their uneasy relationship and both of their stories. While ambitious, this is probably where writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz went wr...

Grudge Match [ Hits:1288 ]
Review: Sylvester Stallone has been making good progress on his Hollywood bucket list. After finally playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Escape Plan, the next big fish was Robert De Niro, who co-stars with Stallone in Grudge Match. Stallone is in such good shape that we sometimes forget just how old he is. The 67-year-old Rocky actor recently reprised his role as Rocky Balboa in the self-titled film, and puts the boxing gloves on again to go head-to-head with Raging Bull acting legend, Robert De ...

Soul Surfer [ Hits:3708 ]
Review: Only a surfer knows the feeling. It's a saying that has been reserved for that rush of sheer exhilaration as you catch the perfect wave into shore, that moment of blinding truth that connects you with nature - that driving force that motivates you to get up early and break the ice. For Bethany Hamilton that dream was cut short by a shark...As a Hawaiian local, she was devastated by a shark attack that changed her life in a flash. From an aspiring professional surfer to a stranded bystander - it ...

The Karate Kid [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3308 ]
Review: If Rocky was the ultimate underdog sports movie of the '70s, The Karate Kid was the equivalent in the '80s. Both films received nominations for Oscars and both were directed by John G. Avildsen, who obviously took a shine to directing these glory stories - subsequently directing several sequels for each of the popular franchises. Where would we be without Survivor's - Eye of the Tiger theme tune, Rocky's "Adrian!", Miyagi's "Wax-on, wax-off." or the famous LaRusso crane kick? These are threads o...

X Games 3D: The Movie [ 2009 ] [ Hits:2743 ]
Review: X-Games 3D: The Movie is a little unnecessary, given that the competition has already been aired. However, the sports documentary does offer some background to the event with interviews and sports footage from Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Kyle Loza, Ricky Carmichael, Danny Way, Bob Burnquist and narration from Emile Hirsch. The sports philosophy behind each X-Games luminary guides the behind-the-scenes build-up to their showcase event at the X-Games, whether it's Moto-X, rally driving, snowboar...

The Blind Side [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3178 ]
Review: Some Hollywood stories are too good to be true and some are too true to be good. This is why The Blind Side succeeds. It's a true story, which mimics Hollywood's underdog story convention, while portraying a convincing, believable and much publicized rise to fame. Sandra Bullock's Oscar-winning performance may overshadow the film, but it all started with the amazing true story of Michael Oher.Oher, conveniently referred to as "Big Mike", was a giant of a kid. His appearance and presence was bot...

Gracie [ 2007 ] [ Hits:2791 ]
Review: Gracie is based on a real-life story. She's the only girl in her soccer-loving family, and begins an uphill battle when she decides to try out for the local boys soccer team.. The Shue family were avid soccer fans and Elisabeth Shue grew up as the only girl in her family. Originally, the movie was going to centre on her brother’s story, but the story came to rest on her. The rugged, determined character of Gracie is a reflection of a young Elisabeth Shue, who stars in Gracie. The film is set i...

More Than Just A Game [ 2007 ] [ Hits:6968 ]
Review: More Than Just A Game is a docudrama that relays the events and circumstances that led to the inauguration of Makana Football Association, an internal soccer league on Robben Island. The “Alcatraz of Africa” is famous for detaining political figures such as Nelson Mandela, but no one knows the other side of the story. These prisoners were locked away under inhuman conditions during the “Apart Hate” regime, but they were able to establish a united front in the midst of the struggle. Their...

The Longshots [ 2008 ] [ Hits:2708 ]
Review: The Longshots is directed by Fred Durst (The Education of Charlie Banks), actor, director and Limp Bizkit’s frontman. It almost seems like a joke, but it isn’t! Durst is more than competent behind the camera and makes a compelling case with The Longshots and his directorial debut, The Education of Charlie Banks. While it’s an interesting casting decision, it doesn’t bode well for fans or enemies of Limp Bizkit. Given Durst’s public persona, a family drama and sports comedy about a youn...