Creed II 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

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.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:45 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:50 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    12:30 p.m., 6:20 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:30 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    12:45 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA. 951-699-4970

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:20 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:20 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:25 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:40 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:40 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:40 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

The LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA. 858-777-0069

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    noon, 2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 844-462-7342

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:50 a.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:50 a.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:50 a.m., 3:20 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. 760-291-0119

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    noon, 3:35 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    noon, 3:35 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    1:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    1:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-216-4707

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    noon, 3:05 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    3:45 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    12:45 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. 619-660-3483

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:30 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:30 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:30 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    noon, 3:15 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    noon, 3:15 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego. 800-326-3264

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:25 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:35 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:35 a.m., 3:15 p.m.

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