CREED II (M) Retains title of everyone’s favourite glove story, US, 130 min
While this sequel isn’t quite as fresh or fleet of foot as its predecessor, it still lands telling blows in all the right places. Now the undisputed world champ, brilliant boxer Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is still young, but not so hungry. Perhaps a grudge match against Ukrainian manmountain Viktor Drago - son of Ivan (Dolph Lundgren), the notorious fighter who killed his father - might re-motivate our hero? His veteran trainer, the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), is not so sure. The franchise formula of an underdog overcoming impossible odds gets a few mild tweaks, but nothing that will scare die-hard fans away. They’ll be too busy steeling themselves for the cracking stoush that awaits when the bell rings for the final act.