Won’t you take us to the bioscope?


Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice

What it’s about
In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed US former champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world. Against the wishes of trainer Rocky Balboa, Apollo’s son Adonis Johnson accepts a challenge from Drago’s son – another dangerous fighter. Under guidance from Rocky, Adonis trains for the showdown of his life – a date with destiny that soon becomes his obsession. Now, Johnson and Balboa must confront their shared legacy as the past comes back to haunt each man.
What people say
Creed 2 is to Creed what the Rocky sequels are to the original: a more generic, less textured take on familiar boxing movie tropes. The difference, it seems, is Coogler. – Ian Freer, Empire
A meaningful and poignant continuation of the Creed and Rocky films, even though it doesn’t scale the same artistic heights as its precursor. – Sandy Schaefer, Screen Rant
What it’s about
A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become a beloved entertainer. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his band mates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent Aids diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
What people say
The music sequences in this drama (especially the Live Aid performance and the recording of the title song) are electrifying, and Malek is magnetic, but overall the movie is slavishly by-the-numbers. – Jeffery M Anderson, Common Sense Media
Winds up being giddily entertaining, first as an exercise in so-bad-it’s-funny kitsch, ultimately as something far more meaningful and thrilling. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
What it’s about
Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.
What people say
Disney’s charming, insightful sequel shines a light on the wonders and horrors of the internet, from the camaraderie of sharing silly viral videos to the vicious nature of social media comments. – Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Entertaining, and occasionally inspired, but Ralph Breaks The Internet is too often content to achieve a quick laugh, rather than exploring the themes its setup suggests. – Johnathan Pile, Empire
What it’s about
A woman who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.
What people say
It might look like a quirky take on the sports movie, but it’s in fact an astutely crafted character drama, featuring a superb central performance from Kelly Macdonald. – Dan Jolin, Empire
This is a beautiful, nuanced film with remarkable performances. It’s a drama, but it’s lively – and handled with a gentle, light touch that allows for plenty of laughs of recognition. – Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
What it’s about
A teenager discovers a magical app that makes his social media updates come true.
What people say
Little more than a feature-length tween sitcom episode, it’s not exactly a good movie. However, its script is earnest enough and its cast is endearing enough that it’s just a better editor away from being not bad. – Pat Padua, Spectrum Culture
If ever a film demanded to be viewed on a phone, it’s this one. – Guy Lodge, Variety

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