THE TOP 5
The top five movies at the North American box office:
Blade Runner 2049: Technically it’s a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 movie, but let’s call it spiritual successor to one of the greatest science-fiction stories ever told. And it lives up to that billing, as a new generation of Blade Runner (Ryan Gosling) follows in the footsteps of the old (Harrison Ford). Thought-provoking doesn’t even begin to describe it. Make sure you’ve seen the original.
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The Mountain Between Us: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba play strangers who charter a plane when Denver shuts its airport, then must survive episodic, elemental dangers after they crash in the mountains. There’s not enough chemistry in this movie to melt an ice cube.
It: The film does a good job of adapting the Stephen King novel. Bill Skarsgård is a persuasively scary monster in clown’s costume and the cast of boys who make up the Losers Club are funny and playful. The only girl, Beverly, may be the bravest but she is the least well-served.
My Little Pony: The Movie: A decent enough time-waster if you’re into anthropomorphic miniature horses. Tara Strong voices Twilight Sparkle, whose peaceable kingdom is threatened by the arrival of the evil Storm King (Liev Schreiber) . Songs and life lessons follow.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Appallingly violent, borderline misogynistic, stylistically derivative of James Bond, lazily plotted and too long. Alas, that’s a description of the first Kingsman movie. This one doubles down on everything that made that one so odious.
My Little Pony: The Movie collected almost $9 million in its opening weekend to finish fourth in box-office totals.