This Friday, February 12, will see cinemas here reopen. If you’re like me, and you’ve missed the experience, I’ll see you (at a safe distance) at the movies this weekend.
I know there were some people who weren’t especially interested in going back to cinemas when they were open last summer and fall, and I’m sure many won’t be interested in going back now. I can understand the discomfort. All I’d say to that — and it’s what I’ll be reminding myself — is there’ve been no recorded spread of the virus through local cinemas.
So, what’s playing (I hear you ask)?
There’s one superhero blockbuster coming to cinemas after a couple months On Demand, Wonder Woman 1984. It’ll be in IMAX. I found the film disappointing, but I did very much enjoy Promising Young Woman, and it’ll also be opening on Friday.
Another film making the jump from On Demand is the Tom Hanks western, News Of The World. One of things I enjoyed about that picture is its gorgeous cinematography, which will certainly be that much more impressive on the big screen.
Of the new releases arriving Friday, there are a few that look promising, or at least entertaining, starting with Judas and the Black Messiah, a thriller based on a real life FBI investigation into the Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. It features a Get Out reunion, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield.
Also opening is The Little Things, a serial killer thriller starring Denzel Washington and Rami Malek. The reviews haven’t been glowing on this one, but it’s hard to dispute the star wattage in the cast.
Monster Hunter is another action adventure from the Resident Evil maven Paul WS Anderson and his frequent creative and ongoing life partner, Milla Jovovich.
Also in cinemas is a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, starring Anne Hathaway.
And, then there’s Land, the first feature from actor-director Robin Wright. Shot in Alberta, she also stars along with Demián Bichir.
Because the Cineplex site is frequently so user-unfriendly, I use Cinema Clock to check the listings. You may wish to as well.