The Survivor

Ben Foster gives a knockout performance as a boxer in the Holocaust. I didn’t know Auschwitz had boxing, considering all the horrific tortures. I didn’t even learn about it in school. “The Survivor,” which makes its premiere on HBO, taught… Read More ›

American Underdog

This religious sports biopic keeps dropping the ball. I was skeptical about the sports biopic “American Underdog,” which focuses on Kurt Warner, who is considered to be, by attribute, the greatest undrafted NFL player. It’s also a Christian drama, directed… Read More ›


Halle Berry wins and loses the fight. Halle Berry makes her directorial debut of “Bruised,” a fighting drama made for Netflix, which should have done more than succumb to the cliches and subplots. In it, she casts herself as a… Read More ›

King Richard

Will Smith explodes as the father who had his ways of training his daughters Venus and Serena Williams. I don’t follow up on sports, so seeing “King Richard” was a riveting experience for me, about the true story of how… Read More ›

12 Mighty Orphans

These orphans score touchdowns in this entertaining football story. “12 Mighty Orphans” joins the football underdog club with “Radio,” “Rudy,” “The Longest Yard,” and “The Blind Side,” among many others. In fact, a football movie based on a true story… Read More ›

Changing the Game

This Hulu doc about three transgender student athletes goes for the gold. In my travels as young film critic, I’ve never come across a documentary that focuses on transgender athletes, until Hulu and director Michael Barnett released “Changing the Game.”… Read More ›

The Buddy Games

Booze and “F” bombs don’t make this comedy a winner; they makes it a loser. Let me make a distinction. “Tag” was one of the worst comedies I’ve ever seen, because of its violent and crass attitude. “Jackass” has made… Read More ›

The Way Back

Ben Affleck explodes inside and outside the basketball court. Ben Affleck has struggled with alcoholism and rehab in the past, and his latest entry, “The Way Back,” resonates with those former issues, and allows him to face his inner demons… Read More ›

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