Boxing gave us the best and worst sports movies of the year

CONTENDER

Creed may be, in essence, Rocky VII, but director Ryan Coogler's dynamic, richly textured film is thrillingly fresh, full of speed and pop. As Adonis Johnson, son of Rocky's late friend and rival Apollo Creed, the impressively athletic Michael B. Jordan (near right) displays a real fighter's blend of grit and gentleness.

PRETENDER

And in this corner ... Southpaw. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a passionate performance as star-crossed light heavyweight champ Billy Hope, but the film is little more than a ploddingly predictable assemblage of genre clichés. In the obligatory big--bout finale Billy lands an all-redemptive left uppercut, prompting a ringside TV commentator to bellow, "Who would have seen this coming?!" The answer, alas, is anyone who's ever seen a boxing movie.

PHOTOSCOTT GARFIELD/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (SOUTHPAW) PHOTOBARRY WETCHER/WARNER BROS. PICTURES/AP (CREED)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)