Battle of the Sexes: Movie Review

In 1973, the world’s #1 women’s tennis player Billie Jean King and former champion Bobby Riggs engaged in a historic tennis match that would be dubbed The Battle of the Sexes. In the lead-up to this match, and having just beat Margaret Court, Riggs ridiculed women and constantly claimed that men were superior to women. […]

Bleed for This: Movie Review

Boxing used to be a big deal. I can remember being fascinated with Mike Tyson’s raw power and George Foreman’s improbable longevity as a fighter. Today, Tyson is remembered for trying to bite a guy’s ear off and Foreman is what you use to grill a sandwich. Despite boxing’s fall, it remains a great vehicle […]

Queen of Katwe: Movie Review

On the surface, Queen of Katwe is an inspirational story about a young chess-prodigy from Uganda who manages to become a Grandmaster player. It’s based on the real-life story of Phiona Mutesi, a street girl who lived with her single mother and three other siblings, who survive by selling maize in Katwe, a sprawling slum […]

Hands of Stone: Movie Review

Hands of Stone (Manos de Piedras) is a biopic of the great Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (Édgar Ramirez) is the typical feel good film that shows life of any great athlete in a dramatic way. It was a celebration of his life and the people around him, in particular his trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) […]

McFarland, USA: Movie Review

We’re all too familiar with the feel-good, family-friendly, based-on-true-events stories of underprivileged youth taking on an unbeatable challenge for the sake of proving themselves. We’ve also seen a hundred formulaic ‘exposure’ films about inner-city minorities that make a point to relate to wider (ie – less urban) audiences. Upon first impressions, the 2-minute trailer for […]