On New Year’s Day, I quietly snuck out of the house to catch the early showing of “Rocky Balboa.” I didn’t know whether to be impressed for frightened by the fact that it was some 30 years ago that I went with several college friends to catch the original.

In this, the sixth and final installment of the pugilistic saga, Rocky’s face and neck are, not surprisingly, a bit craggier than in the 1976 blockbuster and his waistline not nearly as taut. Sadly, he’s a widower now, having lost his beloved Adrian to cancer, and, he’s also a small business owner operating a bustling Italian bistro in a tree-lined Philadelphia neighborhood.

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