Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. After a disappointing opening, Blade Runner 2049 has four new wide releases and two new limited releases looking to retire it from the top of the box office.
Ryan Gosling is finally moving from mostly indie films into the big time, and over the last five years has been an integral part of some of the best films produced. Gosling’s talent stretches from comedy (The Nice Guys, Crazy Stupid Love) to hard drama (Half-Nelson, The Ides of March) to action (Blade Runner 2049) and even song and dance (La La Land). Gosling’s dedication to his roles is such that he learned to play the piano for La La Land. With Blade Runner 2049’s critical success, Gosling can really do whatever he wants and join the elite ranks of Hollywood’s leading men.
Despite not being a fan of the original Blade Runner, I completely acknowledge its importance to science fiction film making. It’s undoubtedly a seminal work in the genre. Blade Runner 2049 surpasses it on every level. It is the rare sequel to a seemingly standalone film that takes everything good about the film and enhance its predecessor while simultaneously telling a better directed, better written, better acted, and visually superior installment. Blade Runner 2049 isn’t just another Denis Villenueve masterpiece; it’s arguably the best film of 2017.
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week one of the fall’s biggest films opens, really kicking off the autumn movie season.
If the Fall 2017 movies poll is any indication, Hollywood is in for nearly as dark a fall as they’ve had all August. KT voters only seriously considered three fall offerings for “Most Anticipated”, and after the first two weeks: only one. Thor: Ragnarok is the most anticipated film of the fall, capitalizing on a series of amazing trailers showing Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Valkyrie, and Loki battling Hela, goddess of death (Cate Blanchett). Fending off Blade Runner 2049, Justice League finished second, but those three films were the only films with any significant voter response. Murder on the Orient Express finished fourth with Goodbye Christopher Robin and mother! tying for fifth. There are a lot of interesting offerings coming in the next three months, but as far as anticipation goes at this point, it’s Blade Runner, Thor and Justice League.
September 1st marks the beginning of Emmy Month and Killing Time’s yearly “The Best Show on TV” poll. In the four years of previous winner, no show has repeated as winner, which does not bode well for last year’s champion: The Flash. Aside from the Best Film poll, this is the most important reader feedback poll of the year, so, yes, I will be incredibly annoying about reminding you to vote in it. INCREDIBLY. Look for that to go up Thursday, but for now, thank you to all who voted in this month’s poll. Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters November 3, 2017.