The follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner” has earned an impressive 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote in his review that the film “delves deep into the existential concerns suggested by the earlier film, as screenwriters Hampton Fancher (who also co-wrote the original) and Michael Green raise evocative questions about human-android relations and the nuances that will one day be used to tell them apart.”
“Blade Runner 2049” is being distributed domestically by Warner Bros. through its output deal with Alcon Entertainment. Sony is the international distributor and production partner with Alcon Entertainment. The reboot, directed by Denis Villeneuve, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, who reprises his role of Rick Deckard.
Early box office forecasts had projected a domestic launch of at least $40 million.
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The third “Thor” film is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
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The movie — the third in the “Maze Runner” trilogy — is directed by Wes Ball. It follows O’Brien’s character, who’s on a mission to find a cure to the “Flare,” a deadly disease.
Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” produced 16,000 new conversations last week following the Sept. 24 release of a new trailer, three months ahead of its Dec. 22 opening. The film, directed by Trish Sie and written by Kay Cannon, is billed as the final installment in the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy. It stars Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld.