In Theaters This Weekend: 'Creed II,' 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' and More

8:30 AM 11/21/2018

by Linda Xu

Other films opening this week include 'Robin Hood' and 'The Favourite,' while 'The Front Runner' goes wider.

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Two sequels will hit theaters Wednesday — Michael B. Jordan's boxing film Creed II as well as Disney's follow-up to Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Taron Egerton takes on the titular role in Robin Hood, which also comes out Wednesday, and Hugh Jackman plays politician Gary Hart in The Front Runner, which goes wider Wednesday. The Friday after Thanksgiving will bring a limited release of the Yorgos Lanthimos film The Favourite.

Read on to see what critics for The Hollywood Reporter have to say about this week's offerings. 

  • 'Creed II'

    Michael B. Jordan steps back into the ring for Creed II. This time, his character Adonis Johnson faces off against Ukranian light heavyweight boxer Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the man that killed Johnson's father in Rocky IV. Steven Caple Jr. directs the film, which also stars Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.

    In his review, THR critic Todd McCarthy writes, "Slack and unexciting compared to Ryan Coogler's blisteringly good 2015 reconception of a 1970s icon for modern audiences, this follow-up is an undeniable disappointment in nearly every way, from its dreary homefront interludes to a climactic boxing match that feels far-fetched in the extreme."

  • 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'

    Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) traverse new territory — the Internet — in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Pop culture cameos from Disney princesses, Star Wars, Marvel Comics and more furnish the virtual world.

    THR critic Michael Rechtshaffen praises the film: "A turbo-charged satire that swaps out Gen X video arcade nostalgia for our current, all-consuming social-media-fueled obsession, the endlessly inventive Walt Disney Studios Animation follow-up impressively levels up with laugh-out-loud consistency."

  • 'Robin Hood'

    The latest reincarnation of the Robin Hood story stars Kingsman actor Taron Egerton as the titular character. Black Mirror director Otto Bathurst makes his feature film debut and Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Eve Hewson star.

    THR critic Todd McCarthy pans the film, describing it as an "all-time big-screen low for Robin," adding, "In a just world, everyone involved in this mess would be required to perform some sort of public penance."

  • 'The Favourite'

    Yorgos Lanthimos directs Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz in his latest film about Queen Anne (Colman) in 18th century England. Weisz and Stone's characters vie for Anne's affection and attention as she grows increasingly weak from her ailments. 

    THR's David Rooney commends Lanthimos' work and the performances of all three actresses: "Without a trace of didactic protofeminism, their roles speak volumes about the savvy required of women to use their influence in a bitterly divided political landscape, not to mention pursue their personal agendas."


  • 'The Front Runner'

    The Front Runner chronicles Gary Hart's 1988 presidential campaign and the extra-marital affair that brought it down. Hugh Jackman stars as Hart, who was the front-runner for the Democratic nomination before the media began investigating his personal life, effectively changing the way political figures were scrutinized by the public. Vera Farmiga plays Hart's wife and J.K. Simmons plays his campaign manager.

    THR's Stephen Farber writes that "given the limitations of the role, Jackman delivers one of his finest performances. He allows us to see the character’s charisma and essential decency, along with a certain solipsism that has undone many leaders."