March will get off to an auspicious start with a winning combination of entertainments made for television and the movies.
CREED – Rocky is back but this sequel puts the spotlight on Adonis Creed, son of Apollo. He is a talented fighter in his own right but a hot temper is poised to wreck his career before it even begins. Apollo Creed died before he was born and the lack of a male role model has not helped. Luckily he decides to go to Philadelphia and seek out Rocky Balboa to train him. Rocky is out of the business but respect for the memory of Apollo Creed and the obvious talent of the angry fighter brings him back. great stuff and a real throwback to the best of the series, the first one.
THE AMERICANS: SEASON 3 – The best spy series you aren’t watching returns and continues to follow a pair of deep cover Soviet spies in America circa the Reagan years. Things get very dicey when the pair come under scrutiny form a boss(well played by Frank Langella) . The season gets even better when the spies must deal with their own teenage daughter who their handler insists they bring aboard.
YOUTH – A pair of old friends grapple with issues of aging and looming frailty while on vacation in the Swiss Alps in this low key drama. Michael Caine is a musician who aims to retire while his movie producer best friend, Harvey Keitel, wants to make one last great film in an industry that considers him a dinosaur. Thoughtful and well acted.
CHILDHOOD’S END- Excellent mini-series form the SyFy Channel about aliens who come to earth and offer all of their knowledge to us. In no time they wipe out famine, war, and injustice. small group of rebels question their motives however and the world is rocked when the aliens reveal their true face. Smart stuff that was adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s novel.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.