Creed II movie poster

A pleasant crowd-pleaser. Ryan Coogler, having gone on to bigger and bigger things with Black Panther, steps aside and lets relative newcomer Steven Caple, Jr. do the job of mixing the beats of Rocky III — losing your edge and finding it again — and Rocky IV — facing the deadly Russian menace — into a smooth groove for the son of Apollo Creed (Michael B. Jordan). (His mom may call him a grown man now and again, but this is very much a story about growing up: facing fears, taking responsibility, quitting the grandiose narcissism of youth, etc.) The result is better than might be expected, still heavy on the Instagram aphorisms (right down to a marriage proposal that includes the line “You’re the only person that I want to share my moments with”) and lacking something of the original’s innovative in-fight camerawork, but still managing to keep its pace and stick its moments. The Eye of the Tiger gets replaced by the Voice of the Tigress (sound, the dropping away of it, is a big theme here) as champ Creed gets drawn into a blood feud with the son of the guy who killed his dad. That guy is of course Dolph Lundgren, making the absolute most of his turn as a weatherbeaten warrior who never recovered from his Big Loss. With Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

Wednesday, December 12

3:30pm, 6:45pm

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

8:15pm, 9:45pm

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:30pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

8:00pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:45am, 1:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:30pm, 4:45pm, 8:15pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:40pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:05pm, 3:10pm, 6:20pm, 9:40pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:00pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway, 858-646-9423 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:20pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:00pm, 5:15pm, 8:45pm

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 951-699-4970 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:15pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:15pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Wednesday, December 12

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, December 13

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

7:45pm, 10:35pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

7:45pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:30am, 2:45pm, 5:50pm, 9:10pm

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:35pm

Wednesday, December 12

1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:20pm, 10:35pm

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

7:45pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:25am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:40pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:05pm, 12:40pm, 3:15pm, 3:50pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, December 13

12:05pm, 12:40pm, 3:15pm, 3:50pm, 7:20pm, 10:35pm

LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

8:15pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, December 13

12:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:00pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, December 13

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

7:30pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:50am, 1:45pm, 4:40pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, December 13

10:50am, 1:45pm, 4:40pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:05pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, December 13

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 10:05pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:40pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:20pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, December 13

12:20pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:40pm

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:00pm, 3:35pm, 4:35pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

8:00pm

Wednesday, December 12

1:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, December 13

1:50pm, 3:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:00pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

8:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, December 13

11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

8:30pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:50pm, 8:30pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, December 13

12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:50pm, 8:30pm, 10:05pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:15pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:30am, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, December 13

11:30am, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

9:45pm, 10:35pm, 10:40pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:40pm, 3:55pm, 7:10pm, 10:25pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

7:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:45am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm

Thursday, December 13

10:45am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm

Friday, December 14

10:45am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Wednesday, December 12

12:55pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

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