BLADE RUNNER 2049
Everything old is new again in science-fiction cinema, with fresh installments of Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, and Planet of the
Apes surfacing in recent years. And now Blade Runner — Ridley Scott’s 1982 depiction of a future landscape in which a cop named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) must hunt human-like androids known as replicants — finally gets its sequel. Details are scant, but anticipation is high, thanks in part to the involvement of director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival). Set 30 years after the first film, another cop (Ryan Gosling) stumbles into a dark secret from the past and must track Deckard down. Rated R. 163 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES
It’s hard to find many people more influential to 20th-century pop music than Clive Davis, the producer and record executive who served as president of Columbia Records in the late 1960s and ‘70s before moving on to found Arista Records in 1975. Along the way he boosted the careers of Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Babyface, Puff Daddy, and many others; perhaps most famously, he ushered Whitney Houston from nightclubs to superstardom. This documentary tells his story. Not rated. 123 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Not reviewed)
At age eighty-seven, Dolores Huerta is a bona fide civil-rights icon, celebrated for her steely feminism in the face of the male-dominated labor movement, her unwavering belief in nonviolent protest, and her lifelong commitment to workers’ rights. This spirited documentary, executive-produced by Carlos Santana and directed by Peter Bratt, chronicles her extraordinary life and work. As a teenager, she became politically motivated by the social and economic inequities she witnessed in the fields of California’s Central Valley. In 1962, Huerta and César Chávez co-founded what became the United Farm Workers to organize poorly paid laborers who lacked access to toilets, drinking water, and rest periods. The work led to Huerta coining the indelible slogan “Sí
se puede,” or “Yes, we can.” La causa became both a labor movement and a cultural revolution, but the toll Huerta’s work took on her and her family is sensitively and movingly chronicled. It’s a fast-paced, engrossing celebration of an unrelenting and truly inspirational woman. Not rated. 95 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Molly Boyle)
MANOLO: THE BOY WHO MADE SHOES FOR LIZARDS
This portrait of renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik is by turns playful, pretentious, and promotional. Crafted from archival photographs, over-the-top dramatizations, and recent footage with a distinctly advertorial feel — think montages of pink-printed mules juxtaposed against floral landscapes with Vivaldi playing in the background — it also features interviews with fashion industry greats who pile the highest praise on the seventy-four-year-old Spanish designer, calling him the “emperor of shoes.” “I can’t remember the last time I wore anybody else’s shoes,” gushes Anna Wintour, the notoriously hard-to-please editor of Vogue. The film is unfortunately front-loaded with this swooning. But fashion mavens will still probably enjoy the sense of nostalgia the documentary evokes: a feeling akin to looking at an old yearbook, albeit one containing only fabulous young stars. Underneath the sometimes superficial veneer, the best things about the film are the history and the art. The film illustrates why reports of Blahnik’s artistic prowess are well-deserved, via his fanciful sketches and photographs of his creations (which he calls his creatures). Not rated. 89 minutes. Violet Crown. (Phaedra Haywood)
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
In this adaptation of Charles Martin’s romance novel — which sounds a bit like if Nicholas Sparks had written Alive — Kate Winslet stars as a photojournalist who needs to fly across the country for her wedding the next day. Idris Elba portrays a surgeon heading to Baltimore to perform an emergency surgery. Flight delays force the two of them to take a small aircraft to make their appointments, but when the plane crashes in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, they must rely on each other to survive. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE
Bronies of the world, unite! The My Little Pony property, which relaunched with wildly expressive animation in 2010 and now enjoys a cult following of fans of all ages and genders, arrives in theaters. For the big event, Ponyville is invaded by the Storm King (voiced by Liev Schreiber) and his sidekick
Tempest Shadow (Emily Blunt), and the Mane 6 — which includes Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity — must save the day. Rated PG. 99 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
NEW MEXICO SHORTS
The Wisdom Archive presents a series of three shorts by New Mexico filmmakers. Scott Andrews directed two of the shorts — Antonio and Molly Manzanares: The Last Shepherds introduces a family still herding sheep, the last such operation left in Northern New Mexico, while Edgar Gonzalez: Mezcalero! is set in a village north of Oaxaca, Mexico, where a man is reviving an old craft, distilling mezcal. The final short, Recuerdo ,by Christopher Beaver, profiles Nicholas Herrera, an award-winning santero from El Rito. Screens Thursday, Oct. 12, only. Not rated. 72 minutes. Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
NO MAPS ON MY TAPS
Screens with “About Tap.” Not rated (both films); 86 minutes (both films). The Screen. See review, Page 51.
The latest movie about how family and faith can help people with their first-world problems stars Michael Cassidy as Mitch Davis, a father who works so hard that he neglects his son (Connor Corum) and denies his wife (Sarah Lancaster) her dream of a happy home. When a stray dog enters this home, their lives are turned upside-down — and it’s soon clear that the pooch, along with a dose of prayer, might just save the family. Rated PG. 92 minutes. Regal Stadium 14. (Not reviewed)
Not rated. 102 minutes. In Czech with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 55.
VICTORIA AND ABDUL
Judi Dench was nominated for an Academy Award for playing Queen Victoria in 1997’s Mrs. Brown. This sequel (of sorts) finds Dench in the role once more, playing the queen later in life. The story, based on a book by Shrabani Basu, focuses on her unlikely and controversial relationship with her Indian servant, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), in the late 1880s and 1890s. The film is directed by Stephen Frears, who he knows his way around royalty, having helmed 2006’s The Queen. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
Not rated. 88 minutes. In Nepali with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 53.
Futures market: Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049, at Regal Stadium 14 and Violet Crown