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At the Movies: October 6

October 05, 2017

The Mountain Between Us

Stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must work together to endure the extreme elements of the remote, snow-covered terrain. Realizing that help is not on the way, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing each other to survive and discovering their inner strength. Starring Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney, and Beau Bridges. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Charles Martin.

Rated PG-13. Drama/Thriller. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad. 1h 49m.

What the Internet Says:

“Kate Winslet and Idris Elba have explosive chemistry in 'The Mountain Between Us,' an edge-of-your-seat love story... Elba really shows a range that will make him even more of a heartthrob than he is now.” — Business Insider

“What saves ‘The Mountain Between Us’ from pulp are the performances of Winslet and Elba. Winslet has always been a wonderfully grounded actor, and she's at ease here, despite the extreme circumstances. Elba gets to flex a different muscle as the romantic leading man. His casting is a spot-on choice, and the two share a heartfelt chemistry as two people who genuinely learn to like each other, as much as they might love or hate each other at times.” — Chicago Tribune

Our Take: This movie could thaw even the coldest of hearts. Plus, the actors are truly top notch. We’ll be seeing this one ASAP.

Blade Runner 2049

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years. Also starring Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, and Jared Leto.

Rated R. Sci-Fi/Thriller. Directed by Dennis Villenueve. 2h 43m.

What the Internet Says:

“‘Blade Runner 2049’ values practical effects over CGI and emotional intensity over clear exposition, while taking clear steps away from the original... Ford's return as Deckard feels more nuanced and substantive than any of his other decades-later returns to a beloved character.” — Ars Technica

“‘Blade Runner 2049’ is beautiful, disorienting and one of the year’s best movies...Dennis Villeneuve’s sci-fi stunner digs deep into the essential mystery about who is real and who isn’t, in a future Earth populated by humans and bioengineered ‘replicants’...Gosling is perfectly cast as the dutiful cop K, but Ford’s cranky Deckard steals every one of his late-breaking scenes, as he grapples with a world that has grown colder than in his heyday, both figuratively and literally...” — Toronto Star

Our Take: Blade Runner fans: brace yourselves for this solid sequel – it looks like it’s going to be pretty spectacular. Also: Ryan Gosling. Need we say more?

My Little Pony: The Movie

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity embark on an epic journey to save Ponyville from a dark force. Starring the voices of Sia, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Zoe Saldana, Uzo Aduba, Michael Peña, and Taye Diggs.

Rated PG. Family/Animated. Directed by Jayson Thiessen. 1h 44m.

What the Internet Says:

“‘My Little Pony: The Movie,’ directed by Jayson Thiessen, has a remarkably retro vibe. The film is done in the classic 2-D animation style and embraces the flat, colorful, Saturday-morning cartoon look and feel. If part of the appeal of the ‘My Little Pony’ renaissance is the nostalgic warm-fuzzies about childhood cartoons, then this film fully delivers. All we’d need is a bowl full of sugary cereal to complete the experience.’ — Arizona Daily Star

“Lollipop-sweet and rainbow-bright, the four-legged gal pals of Ponyville go clippity-clopping from the small screen to the big in ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’...Buttressed by strong voice talent and amusing bits of business amid the nonstop action and pony personality quirks, the movie lays on the sweet without too much of the sticky... The film may please even the largely adult, mostly male subculture of ‘bronies,’ whose love of all things ‘My Little Pony’ has grown into a phenomenon.”

Our Take: Originally a popular toy line in the ‘80s, we have a feeling “My Little Pony” is about to make a big comeback. Kids are going to go crazy for this one, and with its star-studded cast, it’s already getting tons of attention. Giddy-up!