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The Secret of the Sword

"I've got that flying horsey in my sight" He-Man & the Masters of the Universe was a massive hit toy line and a massive hit animated TV series. He-Man ruled the airwaves in the 80s and it would only make sense to not only make a feature length theatrical film but also a new spin-off series with a new character! The film follows Price Adam/He-Man as he embarks on the search for his twin sister. Turns out that a new villain by the name of Hordak had kidnapped He-Man's twin sister shortly after birth and taken here to another dimension on a planet called Etherea. No one knows what happened to the little girl, Adora. But, with this information and with a magical sword, He-Man is on his way to find Princess Adora.  What much can be said of "The Secret of the Sword", it's not necessarily a film for cinemas as there is nothing special enough about the movie for it to warrant a theatrical release, other than the length of the film. The animation remains the


Southpaw is a good movie that could have been great. It starts very strong. A fighter loves his wife and daughter. He is a great fighter with a record of 43-0. After a potential opponent calls the fighters wife a bitch, they have it out, during which the wife is shot by someone.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays the fighter and does a great job. The actress that plays the daughter is really good as well. Their scenes together are what hold the movie together. The movie falls apart when the script starts dropping plot points in favor of the rags to riches to rags story of the boxer. There are things brought up, like who shot the boxer's wife, that are hinted at but don't go anywhere.

There are also some things that are explained in the most haphazard way possible. The boxer's trainer, who we only see in a scene or two before the wife's death, goes over to another boxer and trains him. If the commentators at the fight at the end hadn't said anything I would have not known who that guy was.

The movie is well directed by Antoine Fuqua, gave us Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer. Fuqua is a strong director, giving us memorable scenes and striking compositions. I have liked Fuqua from his first movie, The Replacement Killers, and I believe that I am the only person who saw Bait in the theaters and liked it.

Southpaw is a flawed movie that works past those flaws to give us a good boxing movie.


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