“Southside with You” is a date movie. It just happens to be about impossibly famous people. One of this film’s many strong accomplishments is its ability to enamor and enchant you often to forget that the two main characters are the future President and First Lady of the United States of America. That is no small feat and one accomplished through flourishing grace from the filmmakers and magnetic allure from its lead performers.
To use a boxing term favored by commentators, “Hands of Stone” has a “big fight feel.” The ferocious energy and volatile personality of Edgar Ramirez’s Roberto Duran emits enough heat to liquefy lead. Add in the smooth and suave Sugar Ray Leonard, played by a game Usher Raymond IV, as the titan to topple and the effect is multiplied. “Hands of Stone” doesn’t break any new ground, but it operates with low mistakes to be a step above competent and solid within the sports film genre.