New to Theatres This Weekend: Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, My Little Pony: The Movie

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After a strong September led by the success of It, Blade Runner 2049 will look to carry that momentum into the first weekend of October accompanied by some very positive reviews. Despite the iconic reputation of the original, it remains to be seen just how much interest there is in such a Blade Runner sequel; most estimates have it performing alongside the $45 million debut of Mad Max: Fury Road which sounds about right. There are also a couple of alternatives in wide release in the form of the romance / survival thriller The Mountain Between Us starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as well as the animated My Little Pony movie. Neither film is tracking particularly well, but you never know how many bronies might come out of the woodwork for the latter. In select theatres, we have Sean Baker’s Tangerine follow-up The Florida Project starring Willem Dafoe. What will you be watching this weekend?

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  • Lori Cerny

    I was apprehensive about going to the Thursday night opening – hadn’t been to a theater in many months, but was pleasantly surprised. The auditorium was at least half-full, it was reserved seating only, and it was incredibly quiet throughout the screening, so quiet that I could hear a guy snoring several rows ahead.

    My personal experience wasn’t the best: the captioning device from the theater stopped working when the movie began, for some reason they had the furnace running super hot, I forgot money to purchase a water, and forgot to bring lozenges.

    Nearly walked out during the first forty minutes or so out of pure boredom… despite the glorious cinematography. Harrison Ford was a breath of much-needed fresh air. Still iffy whether the Joi character was silly or insightful.

    Before seeing the film, had no interest in whether Deckard was a replicant or not. Since watching the film, that’s all I can think about because of how it profoundly would affect the entire premise of the film.

    Either 1) artificial intelligence will one day attain the ability to procreate, and thereby, become essentially “human,” i.e., technology will become superior to humans.

    Or 2) when humans and A.I.join/unite/fuck they will create an even more evolved entity, i.e., humans will become superior when they embrace technology.

    I vote that Deckard is a replicant because only replicants were seen weeping throughout the film. BUT, maybe everyone in Blade Runner 2049 is a replicant!

    Regardless, I can’t help thinking that the entire Blade Runner universe is just an allegory for the history of race relations in the USA between Europeans and the imported Africans who were used as slaves.