A guide to upcoming movies based on toys, board games and other plotless properties

Could theatrical releases like "The Emoji Movie," "The Lego Ninjago Movie" and this week's "My Little Pony" be the new norm? Is this just the beginning of an age of moviemaking dominated by nonnarrative IPs like toys and board games?

Jeff Peterson is a native of Utah Valley and studied humanities and history at Brigham Young University. Along with the Deseret News, he also contributes to the film discussion website TheMovieScrutineer.com.