Heads up, the cinemas are back!

Despite having the go-ahead to reopen last week, both GSC and TGV decide to delay it until the govt releases its SOPs 

By LYDIA NATHAN 

THE reopening of cinemas is certainly the news that all movie buffs had been waiting for. Slowly but surely, people are asking the cinema operators to catch the latest films which might have been delayed in terms of screening due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As per the standard operating procedures (SOPs), screenings will be done with social distancing in place and other safety measures, so moviegoers can be rest assured that they could enjoy the much-awaited blockbuster releases.

However, both Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and TGV Cinemas (TGV) have decided to delay the reopening last week, until the finalised SOPs are released by the government. 

Until then hashtags #BacktoCinema, #TGVisBack and #GSCisBack have been dominating the cybersphere in anticipation of the cinemas reopening. 

Here are some of the titles coming to a screen near you: 

‘Shang Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings’ is maybe the most anticipated movie among the Marvel fans. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the movie made an estimated RM296.3m in the US and Canadian theatres (Credit – filmdaily.co)

Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings

This is maybe the most anticipated movie among the Marvel fans, the latest and 25th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie also marked the debut of Hong Kong movie star, Tony Leung, in Hollywood. The story of Shang-Chi, played by Simu Liu, is “drawn into the mysterious Ten Rings organisation”, according to a description from Marvel Studios. It has a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the more critically acclaimed comic book films. According to a Bloomberg report, the movie made an estimated US$71.4 million (RM296.3 million) in the US and Canadian theatres, based on data from Comscore Inc. The result blew past the initial estimate of US$52 million expected by researcher Boxoffice Pro. 

The Addams Family 2 

The Addams Family 2 is scheduled to be theatrically released in the US by United Artists Releasing and internationally by Universal Pictures on Oct 1, 2021. This movie is a sequel to the 2019 film, the film features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, among others. It tells a story of how Morticia and Gomez Addams, distressed with the lack of family bonding decided to take their family to a family vacation. 

A Quiet Place 2 

The Paramount post-apocalyptic thriller is a continuation of the Abbott family who must now face the terror of the outside world as they are forced to venture into the unknown while facing creatures that do not only hunt by sound. Starring the original cast of Emily Blunt, John Krasinki, Cilian Murphy, and others, the sequel is expected to be as good as the first, with its gripping horror element of what-ifs. 

Spiral: From The Book of Saw 

The upcoming horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman will be the ninth instalment in the Saw film series and promises to be a terrifying new chapter. The movie tells of police veteran played by Samuel L Jackson with partners Chris Rock and Max Ming- hella who take the lead on a murder investigation that is eerily similar to previous murders by the infamous Jigsaw. Trapped in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, the detectives must outplay the murderer and his morbid games. 

No Time To Die 

The man himself, James Bond, has retired from active service but soon receives a call from an old friend from the CIA, Felix Leiter, asking for help in pursuit of a dangerous villain armed with new and explosive technology. The 25th instalment in the James Bond film series, the movie is set to thrill fans with its action-packed antics, car chases and slick moves fuelled by a dynamite soundtrack. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home 

This upcoming and the latest instalment of Spiderman under the Marvel Cinematic Universe is expected to hit the silver screen in December. This is the sequel to the movie Spider-Man, in which Peter Parker is looking for Dr Strange’s help to restore his secret identity as Spider-Man after his identity was exposed by Mysterio. 

The Last Duel 

Hollywood best friends, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, are reunited in “The Last Duel” directed by Ridley Scott. This thriller is about the rape of a noblewoman in medieval France. The film was co-written by Affleck and Damon, the first time the two actors have worked on a script together since Good Will Hunting (1997). The rape allegation has resulted in the last legally sanctioned duel in France’s history. 

Seobok 

The Korean drama features terminally ill Ki Heon, who is given the task to transport the first human clone, Seo Bok, to a safe place. As the story unfolds, Ki Heon has to protect and shield Seo Bok from villains who want to steal the secret to immortality. Fast-paced and action-packed, Ki Heon races against time to complete the mission and make difficult choices for the sake of humanity. 

The Promised Neverland 

The Japanese sci-fi thriller narrates a paradisiacal orphanage, Grace Fields House, which is seemingly the perfect home filled with happiness and fun until a group of smart kids begins uncovering dark secrets and hatch an escape plan. Originally a manga and anime series, the main characters were children although, for the live remake, they were upgraded to teenagers. 

Haathi Mere Saathi 

Directed by Prabu Solomon, this is the real-life tale of the trials and hardships in the conservation of elephants. Titled “Kaadan” in Tamil and “Aranya” in Telugu, the story follows multiple events while tracing the narrative of a man who spends most of his life in the jungle to protect the ecosystem. Just like most movies involving animals, this one promise to be rooted deep in emotions and scenes were shot mainly in Kerala and Thailand. 

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway 

The lovable but rouge bunny is back this time, where Bea, Thomas and the gang have created their own little makeshift family. However, Peter can’t seem to shake off his mischievous behaviour and begins venturing out into the garden, where he has to make a decision on what kind of bunny he wants to be. Voiced by a stellar cast including Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, James Corden and more, the movie is meant to be funny, heart-warming and inspiring.