Movie fans will be itching to get back to the cinema as they reopen this week – but what will they choose to watch?
We have put together a list of what’s on offer on the big screen from today and for the coming weeks.
There will still be measures in place to ensure safety at cinemas as we continue to ease our way out of lockdown, including reduced capacity for screenings, staggered start times and some chains such as Odeon opting to go cashless for the time being.
Below is a list of some of the films due to be released as cinemas reopen with a mix of classics and new releases.
A few favourites from award season:
After losing her job in a gypsum mine in Empire, Nevada, having worked there for many years, widowed Fern (Frances McDormand) puts her life in a small van and travels the American West, working odd jobs and sharing experiences with fellow nomads on the fringes of conventional society.
Steven Yeun and Yeri Han are Jacob and Monica Yi, an immigrant Korean couple who relocate from California to a large plot in the Ozarks with “the best dirt in America”. For Jacob, it’s his dream – the chance to escape the monotony of sexing chickens for a living and to make something of himself.
Sound of Metal
Ruben (Riz Ahmed) is the drummer in a punk-metal duo with girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke). When he begins to intermittently lose his hearing, his musical life seems over. At Lou’s insistence, he reluctantly enters a retreat for the deaf that means giving up his true passion.
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Select venues will also be screening:
Judas and the Black Messiah
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
A new Saw film starring Chris Rock that also features a cameo from Samuel L Jackson – A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him – and a forest fire threatening to consume them all. Starring Angelina Jolie.
Cold War spy Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Wynne was a British businessman who, from 1960 and 1962, smuggled thousands of pieces of intel out of Russia before he was captured, imprisoned, and tortured for two years by the KGB. Assisting him in his role as “courier” is Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), a far more experienced Russian agent.
In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage – or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Based on the popular video game of the same name.
Disgraced journalist Gerry Fenn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), investigating an incident of cattle mutilation in a small Massachusetts town, trips over another, bigger story, when a deaf teenage girl sees the Virgin Mary in the trunk of the scariest-looking tree on the planet.
For the Kids:
Peter Rabbit 2
Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
Raya And The Last Dragon
Raya and the Last Dragon is a movie about Raya and Sisu, the last dragon of Kumandra, and their quest of finding all the pieces of a magical gem to restore the land to its previous, peaceful form.
Maya The Bee 3: The Golden Orb
When Maya, a headstrong little bee, and her best friend Willi, rescue an ant princess they find themselves in the middle of an epic bug battle that will take them to strange new worlds and test their friendship to its limits.
Below is a list of the other films and events being released over the coming months:
The Human Factor
My New York Year
Glastonbury: Live at Worthy Farm
Alex Ferguson: Never Give In
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Earwig and the Witch
Felix and the Hidden Treasure
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
A Quiet Place Part II
In the Earth
In the Heights
It Must Be Heaven
The Reason I Jump
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
The Filmmaker’s House
Wrath of Man
Fast & Furious 9
The Suicide Squad
The UK Cinema Association published a document last year containing guidance on how best to reopen venues during the pandemic, titled Cinemas: Keeping Workers and Customers Safe during COVID-19.