Two of the fall’s most anticipated sequels hit US theaters this week. Creed II is the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Rocky spin-off and sees Michael B. Jordan return as the rising boxing star Adonis Creed, with Sylvester Stallone back again as Rocky Balboa. More than 40 years after the first movie, the Rocky series continues to find an audience, and the smart updating of the series in these new movies suggests that it still has a few bouts left in it.
There’s also Ralph Breaks the Internet, which is the long-awaited Wreck-It Ralph sequel. Six years is a long time in Hollywood, especially when your target audience is young, but predictions suggest that this new movie is set to dominate the box office this coming weekend.
While both Creed II and Ralph Breaks the Internet aren’t set to reach the UK for a few weeks, the latest updating of Robin Hood opens in both territories. There’s also the UK release of the thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and Pokemon fans in both territories can watch the latest animated movie in the franchise. And over on Netflix, Kurt Russell dons his Santa hat to star in the Holiday comedy The Christmas Chronicles. So here’s the week’s new releases in the both the US and UK, in both theaters and on streaming…
Watch it in US theaters on November 21
While most thought that the legendary movie boxer Rocky Balboa had finally hung up his gloves, the 2015 spin-off Creed not only gave the character one of his finest movies, it paved the way for director Ryan Coogler to get the job of directing Marvel’s wildly successful Black Panther. Coogler isn’t back for the sequel, but star Michael B. Jordan is and he is once again playing the son of the original movies’ Apollo Creed. Rocky creator and star Sylvester Stallone is back too, as both co-star and co-writer, as is Rocky IV’s Russian powerhouse Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). In his review, GameSpot’s Michael Rougeau said the movie gives the fans “exactly what you want, executed with amazing finesse.”
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Watch it in US theaters on November 21
The 2012 animated comedy Wreck-It Ralph was a critical and commercial hit, and the sequel arrives finally this week. It focuses on the arcade game villain-turned-hero of the title, who this time enters the internet after the arcade his game lives in goes online. John C. Reilly voices Ralph, with Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Taraji P. Henson, and James Corden also part of the voice cast.
Watch it in US theaters on November 23
Yorgos Lanthimos has made a name for himself over the past few years as a director of weird, funny, and very dark comedy dramas. Following The Lobster and last year’s The Killing of the Sacred Deer, he returns with The Favorite. It’s his most accessible film to date, but that doesn’t mean Lanthimos has gone mainstream. It’s set in England in the 18th century and focuses on the increasingly bitter rivalry between two Royal cousins to gain the attentions of Queen Anne. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz play the related royals, while Olivia Colman is Queen Anne–in some ways a dry run for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s The Queen. The Favorite looks absurd and hilarious, and rave festival reviews suggest that it’s another winner from this distinctive filmmaker.
Watch it in US and UK theaters on November 23
Ridley Scott’s 2010 version of the the Robin Hood myth wasn’t a critical or commercial success, but that hasn’t stopped yet another version of the story heading to UK screens this week. This time we have a younger Robin, with Kingsman star Taron Egerton in the lead role. The cast also includes Jamie Foxx as Little John and Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and it’s directed by TV director Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror)……Read More>>>