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CREED II _ 30 NOV In the movie that could have been called Drago,

the re­turn­ing Creed Jr (Michael B. Jor­dan) is set to face the off­spring of his fa­ther’s one-time Soviet mon­ster Ivan Drago (Dolph Lund­gren). It’s a con­fi­dent move, to fol­low the grounded

Creed with a story that spins out the Rocky

se­ries’ most OTT en­try — and with­out Ryan Coogler di­rect­ing, ei­ther (Steven Caple, Jr. takes over). But Coogler is ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing and the script’s co-writ­ten by Sylvester Stal­lone and

Luke Cage showrun­ner Cheo Ho­dari Coker, so we pre­dict plenty of brains with its brawn. HUNTER KILLER _ 2 NOV “If we don’t pull this off, it’s gonna be World War III.” The trailer for postcold War mil­i­tary thriller Hunter Killer couldn’t make its high stakes any clearer. Ger­ard But­ler stars as scowl­ing US sub­ma­rine cap­tain Joe Glass, who we sus­pect is far less frag­ile than his name sug­gests. Af­ter a coup at­tempt by Rus­sia’s de­fence min­is­ter sparks the threat of nu­clear dis­as­ter, Glass, in the midst of a global cri­sis, finds him­self tasked with lead­ing a mis­sion to res­cue the Rus­sian Pres­i­dent. Tom Clancy on steroids, any­one? ROBIN HOOD _ 21 NOV Taron Eger­ton and Jamie Foxx head up the lat­est ac­tion-packed spin on the me­dieval wealth-re­dis­tri­bu­tion leg­end, as Robin and Lit­tle John re­spec­tively. With Peaky Blin­ders di­rec­tor Otto Bathurst be­hind the cam­era, it prom­ises to be more stylish than his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate, seem­ingly set in an al­ter­na­tive­re­al­ity Mid­dle Ages of im­mac­u­late hairstyling and big ex­plo­sions. With Foxx’s John in a Colin Firth-style men­tor role, it looks like Kings­man with bows and ar­rows, but the big­gest draw has to be Ben Men­del­sohn as a sneer­ing Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham, the most en­tic­ing cast­ing of that role since Alan Rick­man stole the show from Kevin Cost­ner in Prince Of Thieves. DAN JOLIN

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