'Southpaw' is Familiarity Run Rampant in the Ring

In the ring, a certain Billy “The Great” Hope aspires to be this generation’s Rocky by entering the dark place that swallowed LaMotta. From the stands, we see a fighter who, under the direction of Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, displays no personal signature despite the most admirable level of commitment.
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Dope: A Fun, but Fractured, Day in the Life of a Geek

See all those pictures on the internet with the quote “started from the bottom and now we’re here”? The Sundance attention-getter, Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker-produced film embraces that notion to the letter and delivers viewers a coming-of-age tale as vibrant and whimsical as it is overstuffed and fragmented.