Hello once again, lovers of cinema and the artistry therein. This is your bi-weekly best online buddy with movie previews for Oct 6-8. It isn’t just the turning of the leaves that herald autumn. Major studios are rolling out their big guns, and independent studios are elbowing their way in with art house favorites and indie gems. Oscar watchers pay particular attention during this time of year, and so do we. It is a great time to be alive and going to the movies. Rotten Tomatoes has four movies with scores for Oct. 6-8 openers. They’re in a pretty benign mood, so why don’t we see if Gildshire’s Art and Entertainment Magazine is equally pleasant. Let’s get started with the rundown.
Blade Runner 2049, Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity, and language. There is an entire generation of people who didn’t know the original Blade Runner. Now, 30 years after the events of the first, Ryan Gosling takes the lead in a search for Harrison Ford, who was the original. Naturally, the fate of the human race depends on the pluck and grit of one guy. Is that murky enough? Not to worry, this is all about slam-bang special effects, flying cars, and action. By all accounts, it delivers. Starring Ana De Armas and Sylvia Hoeks, in addition to the two hunky leads. Rotten Tomatoes 95, Gildshire 3.8.
The Mountain Between Us, Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language. If the movies have taught us anything, it is that small planes are probably going to crash into a mountain. In this movie, Kate Winslet and Idris Elba board a small plane and, boom, into the hill. The story of their attempt to survive is the entire plot of this film. It is visually stunning, and Elba has the coolest accent. Those alone are reasons to rate this movie higher than the midpoint it currently holds with R/T. Also starring Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney. Rotten Tomatoes (Doubtless, Elba would say Toe-mah-toes) 56, Gildshire 4.0.
Victoria and Abdul, Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language. Hal Holbrook is Mark Twain and Jon Heder is Napoleon Dynamite. We will brook no argument on the matter. Some actors embody roles so completely, that the roles are out of bounds for anyone else to attempt. Dame Judi Dench has made many movies, but (for us) she is Queen Victoria. No one will ever play Vicky so well. This movie reunites her in the role, therefore the role is made complete because of her. The relationship formed between the monarch and her Middle Eastern servant (played beautifully by Ali Fazal) makes this movie a rich dish. While it didn’t win GMOTF, we highly recommend it. The movie co-stars Eddie Izzard, and Tim Piggot-Smith. Rotten Tomatoes 67, Gildshire 4.4
The Florida Project, Rated R for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material. Once in a while a movie comes along that can be called “true.” The movie doesn’t have to BE true to tap into life’s truths. This film taps into real life and leaves the audience breathless from the truth of it all. As such, it is the runaway winner of the Gildshire Magazines Movie of the Fortnight Award. Starring Willem Defoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, and Bria Vinaite. Rotten Tomatoes 96, Gildshire 5.0.
That’s all for Oct. 6-8, but be sure to join us in two weeks when we examine more autumn shows about to open at your local Movieplex. Until then, we’ll see you at the theater.
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