Preview This! ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Blade Runner 2049  (2017)  R

Blade Runner 2049

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

A new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), discovers a dark secret that could bring an end to the human race. Along the way, he meets Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Blade Runner who disappeared 30 years ago. Blade Runner 2049 Website

What to Watch For:  The co-writer of the first Blade Runner movie, Hampton Fancher, also co-wrote this film.

Word on the Street: The director of the first Blade Runner film, Ridley Scott, is producing this film. Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Incendies) is directing this movie.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this highly anticipated film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Mountain Between Us  (2017)  PG-13

The Mountain Between Us

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

After their small plane crashes in the mountains, two strangers (Idris Elba, Kate Winslet) must work together to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. The Mountain Between Us Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin.

Word on the Street: Most of the movie was shot in Canada on the border of Alberta and British Columbia under very harsh conditions. The cast and crew had to take a helicopter to get to the location sites.

My Take: I have been a fan of director Hany Abu-Assad since his Oscar-nominated film Oscar (2006).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)  PG

My Little Pony: The Movie

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

In order to stop a threat to Equestria, Twilight Sparkle and her friends Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Spike must travel to far-away places to save their home. My Little Pony Movie Website

What to Watch For: The voice cast includes  Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber and Taye Diggs.

Word on the Street: Sia plays Songbird Serenade and sings the song, “Rainbow,” in the film.

My Take: Tara Strong, the legendary voice-over actress, voices Princess Twilight Sparkle, which she also voiced for the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Loving Vincent  (2017) PG-13

Loving Vincent

Photo courtesy of Good Deed Entertainment

The complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists, Vincent van Gogh. Loving Vincent Website

What to Watch For: This animated film is composed of 65,000 oil painted frames.

Word on the Street: The film took 125 specially trained painters six years to complete.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this uniquely animated film.

The film opens Friday at Regal Tara Cinemas 4,

Dolores  (2017)

Dolores

Photo courtesy of PBS Distribution

Documentary on Dolores Huerta, who, in the 1950’s, went from a working-class wife and mother of eleven to helping establish the first farm workers union. Dolores Website

What to Watch For: The film has won five Best Documentary Feature awards at such prestigious film festivals such as the 2017 Nashville Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The director of this film, Peter Bratt, directed his brother, Benjamin Bratt, in the award-winning La Mission (2009).  Note: Benjamin Bratt will introduce the film on Saturday, Oct. 7th at the 7:45 pm screening at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

My Take: The film is at 100% with 25 film critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Cold Moon  (2016)

Cold Moon

Photo courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment

The Larkin family has suffered a terrible tragedy in their sleepy Southern town. The town starts exhibiting strange things such as traffic lights blink an eerie warning, a ghostly visage prowls in the streets, and graves erupt from the local cemetery. Soon, beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form to seek a terrible vengeance. Cold Moon Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Griff Furst acted in the series The Red Road which was shot in Cartersville, Georgia.

Word on the Street:  The film won Best Thriller/Horror Film at the 2016 Laughlin International Film Festival.

My TakeCold Moon is based on the novel Cold Moon Over Babylon by the late Michael McDowell, author of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The film opens Friday at Plaza Theatre

Ballerina, I’m Not  (2017)

Ballerina I'm Not

Photo courtesy of Andromeda Motion Pictures

Documentary about the journey women take to follow their dreams and find their way in the male-dominated MMA and wrestling world. Ballerina I’m Not Website

What to Watch For:  The writer/director of the film is WWE Diva icon Francesca Zappitelli.

Word on the Street:  Appearing in the film are WWE stars Maria Kanellis, Stacy Keibler, Gail Kim and Vince McMahon.

My Take:  This looks to be an interesting film about a different side of the MMA and WWE worlds.

The film comes out on Video On Demand on Friday, Oct. 6th.

 

If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:

Sunday

1:00 pm

Desperado (1995)  A lone gun-fighter, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas),  comes to town to find the gang who murdered his lover.  The cast includes Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino.

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