Coming Soon Trailers: Blade Runner 2049, My Little Pony.

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Coming Soon Trailers: Blade Runner 2049, My Little Pony.

Will Blade Runner 2049 become the first smash hit of October?  Can My Little Pony recapture the shows magic?

Coming Soon Trailers: Blade Runner 2049, My Little Pony.
It’s got a chance.

This month could use a big weekend to keep September’s momentum going.  Luckily for Hollywood, there are some big releases coming out this week.  The obvious target is Blade Runner 2049, which has already garnered widely positive reviews ahead of its US release date.  I’m not counting out My Little Pony, though.  We haven’t had a kids movie that really popped at the box office all summer, and there is the X factor of how many bronies come out of the wood work to support the phenomenon that was Friendship is Magic.  Can this horse still run, or is it time to put Rainbow dash out to pasture?

On the rental market, we’ve got a respectable slate of five films that run the gamut from poignant coming of age dramas to futuristic science fiction about cryogenics.  Sprinkled in the whole mix is the usual suspects of an exorcism flick, a documentary about women’s MMA, and a small town drama.  Let’s get cracking.

Wide Release.

Blade Runner 2049.

Thirty years after Rick Deckard discovered a terrible secret about replicants – the artificially created beings humanity uses for cheap labor – and went missing, a new blade runner must find him and discover his secret in order to prevent society from tearing itself apart.

See It?:  Yes.

I’m less excited that this is another Blade Runner movie than I am excited that it is another big budget science fiction movie directed by Denis Villeneuve.  His eye for detail and use of the camera are spellbinding, and Blade Runner is the type of sci-fi universe he can really stretch his legs in.  Everything looks primed for launch and early word is positive.

My Little Pony.

In the magic land of Equestria, the ponies all live in friendship and happiness…until an evil pony and her minions arrive and throw everything into chaos.

See It?:  Qualified Yes.

If you have any connection to the Friendship is Magic version of My Little Pony or just like outrageous amounts of color and sound, this should scratch your itch.  It feels very reminiscent of Trolls, which pleasantly surprised many cynical critics who feared a lousy toy merch cash grab.  I’m not wowed…but I’m also not the target audience.  I think kids and parents with an eye for nostalgia will do just fine here.

The Mountain Between Us.

Two complete strangers wind up on a private plane together that crashes on a remote mountain.  Injured and without any supplies or way to get help, they have to rely on each other for survival.

See It?:  Rent it.

This film has a great cast and a compelling narrative, but it lacks the big visual punch that makes me want to catch it in a theater.  I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you did, I just think it’s a film that is tailor made for an evening on the couch.

The Stray.

A family on the brink of coming apart is given a new lease on togetherness when a stray dog arrives in their lives.

See It?:  Skip it.

A sentimental story, dodgy acting, and questionable dialogue all adds up to a film that feels utterly generic and ready for the Hallmark channel.

Nation Expansions.

Victoria and Abdul.

Queen Victoria, the longest reigning sovereign in British history, finds the end of her life to be dull and filled with stale rituals until one day an envoy from India arrives and shows her another way to look at life and duty.

See It?:  Rent it.

A charming cast and stately visuals recommend this film, but the character driven drama appeals more as a home rental than as a theater experience.

Video on Demand.

Realive.

The world’s first man revived from medically necessary cryo-sleep wakes up to a society that is both alien and familiar.  As a celebrity who feels like a freak-show exhibit, he must wrestle with what he has gained and what he has lost by undergoing the life-saving procedure.

See It?:  Yes.

The visuals are engaging, the performances are solid, and the story is intriguing.  I like sci-fi that walks the bleeding edge without forgetting to ground the fantasy in real people and real drama.

Super Dark Times.

Two friends on the edge of adolescence and adulthood share a secret tragedy that threatens to ruin their lives and their friendship.

See It?:  Yes.

A throwback in both setting and technique, this film really feels like an artifact of the early 1990’s.  There’s plenty of touchstones and shibboleths that resonate, and the performances are spot on.  At heart a crime drama featuring young teens, this film is checking off a lot of items on my “to see” list.

Demons

After a botched exorcism results in the young woman’s death, the priest in charge leaves the church and winds up marrying the sister of the victim.  Years later, they seem to have a happy and successful life together, but their shared tragedy comes back to haunt them.  Literally.

See It?:  Nope.

A fairly interesting wrinkle on the tried and true exorcism horror flick, this film can’t manage to avoid falling into the usual traps:  poor acting, bad dialogue, and way too much hokey exposition.  I’d take that as par for the course if it wasn’t also painfully un-scary.

Ballerina I’m Not.

A documentary following a young woman who decided from a young age to buck expectations and become a wrestler and MMA fighter.

 

See It?:  Only if you are a fan of women’s MMA or Wrestling.

This seems like a workman-like documentary with a decently interesting story that doesn’t quite do enough to appeal to audiences without a vested interest in the subject matter already.

Generational Sins.

A dying wish from a mother to her oldest son: take your little brother back to the hometown you fled, which he never knew.  Once there, the two siblings discover that the scars that tore the family apart and caused them to leave their original home have never healed.

See It?:  Rent it.

There are some moments of melodrama, but overall I like the performances and dialogue enough to give this a chance.  It’s a solid family drama with enough mystery about what caused so much anger and fear for the older brother that I’m intrigued.

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