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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

A lot of years have passed between sequels to “Blade Runner” and “Mrs. Brown,” and

“Blade Runner 2049” (R). Ryan Gosling gets top billing but Harrison Ford appears from the trailer to be a prominent figure in this 35-years-later sequel to Ridley Scott’s downbeat, futuristic thriller about androids running amok, which, of course, starred Ford all those years ago. Scott didn’t direct this one but gets a producing credit; it was helmed by Denis Villeneuve, who recently scored with “Arrival.” Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto co-star, and Edward James Olmos makes an uncredited appearance reprising his role from the original film.

“Victoria and Abdul” (PG-13). Aging, grumpy Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) sees something in a young Indian Muslum servant named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), and they form an unlikely and frowned-upon friendship in this true story. Dench reprises the role she played in “Mrs. Brown” (1997). With Eddie Izzard, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon and Olivia Williams.

 

“The Stray” (PG). A workaholic father decides to make time for his young son by taking him and two of his friends on a camping trip, where they are struck by lightning. The title character is a dog that shows up one day. This autobiographical family faith film was co-written and directed by LDS filmmaker Mitch Davis (“The Other Side of Heaven,” “Christmas Eve”).

“The Mountain Between Us” (PG-13). Two strangers (Kate Winslet, Idris Elba) survive a plane crash and struggle to survive on a remote snow-covered mountain, eventually trekking hundreds of miles, pushing each other to endure. With Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney.

  

“Marjorie Prime” (Not Rated). In the near future a woman in her 80s (Lois Smith) who is suffering from memory lapses spends time with a younger version of her late husband (Jon Hamm), thanks to advances in artificial intelligence and holograms. With Geena Davis and Tim Robbins. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theaters.)

“Dolores” (Not Rated). Documentary about Dolores Huerta, who, with Cesar Chavez, started the country’s first farmworkers union, only to find herself in a fight for gender equality within that union. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“My Little Pony: The Movie” (PG). Thirty years after the last “My Little Pony” animated feature comes a new one — with the same title. Here, Twilight Sparkle (voiced by Tara Strong) gathers her friends to halt a threat to Equestria. Also in the voice cast are Emily Blunt, Michael Peña, Live Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana and Kristin Chenoweth.