ROCKY III(Comcast Free Movies) Writer-director-star Sylvester Stallone’s trilogy comes to an end with this film which has some surprising feints and moves for a project so straitjacketed by predictability. (PG; runs through July 31)
THE LAST SAMURAI(Comcast Movies and Events) Big, square, and rousing. Edward Zwick’s historical epic about a burned-out American soldier (Tom Cruise) who regains his humanity helping a rebellious samurai in 1876 Japan is a class act with a shallow core. Incredible to look at, the film sweeps you into another era with maximum artistry and few surprises. Ken Watanabe cuts a charismatic figure as the title character, and if Cruise still plays himself, he’s getting much better at it. (R; runs through July 31) TY BURR
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