BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

When he died of cancer in 1981 at age thirty-six, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Marley was a worldwide sensation. The new drama One Love, which spotlights a brief period in his too-short life, treats Marley and his work with affectionate reverence yet fails to dive deep into the life of the man behind the music. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, One Love centers on the 1977 recording of Exodus, the ninth studio album by Marley and the Wailers shortly after Marley survived an assassination attempt at his home in Jamaica. How Marley handles certain events in his life are shown so subtly as to feel unexplored.

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CREED III – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

More of a split decision than a knockout, Creed III immerses viewers in visceral boxing scenes but falls short in the character development that made the first two entries in this franchise such a delight. Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) again returns as Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa’s foe turned friend from the original Rocky franchise. Adonis, also called Donnie, is now a world championship boxer with a wealth of success who feels antsy in his retirement—one of several plot points that feel rushed and similar to the earlier Rocky films.

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CREED III – Review by Susan Kamyab

Creed III is not exactly a knockout, but it is an intense match with some fantastic performances, and a solid directorial debut by Michael B. Jordan. Writing wise, the story has its flaws and feels a little slow at times. However, Jordan’s creative shots and thrilling fight and training sequences help compensate for any sluggish moments. It punches up enough emotions and excitement to satisfy any Rocky fan and is a crowd pleaser that hits harder when watched on the big screen.

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CREED III – Review by Nadine Whitney

In his directorial debut, Creed III, Michael B. Jordan isn’t reinventing the wheel in terms of a sporting story, but he is adding an emotional nuance to it that makes it more than an ex-friends turned enemies battle of wills. Jordan wears his heart on his sleeve as both director and actor. Jonathan Majors could not be more perfectly cast as Dame – he is an actor that even at over six foot and looking like he could throw a truck across a room, is able to exude an internal intensity that is often astonishing. It feels that both Creed and Dame are fighting for their respective lives. Forgiveness is the key to Creed III, whether that be forgiving a child for his reckless actions or forgiving a man who was forged in the worst kind of fire. Jordan’s debut is a knockout.

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