Good news cinephiles!
After what seems like an eternity, cinemas across the region will be turning on the popcorn machines and firing up the projectors again this week.
From Thursday 2 July, Event Cinemas (Kotara and Glendale), Reading Cinemas (Charlestown and Maitland) and Hoyts (Charlestown) will reopen to the public with limited screenings (subject to restrictions)
To help you out of the streaming service fugue state you’ve been wallowing in for the past few months, here is your guide to all of the big screen fare you can go and check out an an actual, no foolin’ cinema!
Hit the links below for session times, break out the popcorn and happy viewing!
The Personal History Of David Copperfield (PG)
Event Kotara/ Glendale
A fresh interpretation of the iconic Charles Dickens tale NOT a biopic of the brooding mulleted magician!
Starring: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton
SamSam appears to have it all: his own flying saucer and great family and friends. But the one thing he has yet to attain are actual superpowers. Animated feature based on the novel by Serge Bloch.
Starring: Isaac Lobé-Lebel, Lior Chabbat, Jérémy Prévost (voices)
Based on the Valiant comic book series, Bloodshot tells the story of elite soldier Ray Garrison who after being killed in battle, is reanimated with super-human strength and lightning speed and on a quest to find his wife’s killer.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce, Eiza González
The Gentlemen (MA)
Suave Guy Ritchie helmed flick following an American ex-pat tries to sell off his massive pot empire in London. Plots, schemes and chicanery ensue.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery.
Jojo Rabbit (MA)
Highly original and inventive flick from NZ director Taika Waititi tells a quirky and heartwarming tale of a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johannon
Knives Out (MA)
An ensemble whodunnit in true Agatha Christie-esque fashion. A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. A stellar cast really gives this one some teeth
Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette
Iron Man ditches the flying suit in favour of talking with the animals in this reimagining of the classic tale.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thomspon
Event Kotara & Glendale/Reading Maitland
Yep! The original ’80s classic is back on the big screen and we ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts. Honestly, the world could DEFINITELY do with more Bill Murray right now!
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Inside Out (PG) (2015)
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling (voices)
Love Sarah (M)
A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma.
Starring: Celia Imre, Rupert Penry-Jones, Shelley Conn.
Bohemian Rhapsody (M)
I see a little silhouette-o of a man. Scaramouche, Scaramouche can you do the Fandango? ‘Nuff said.
Starring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy
Jumanji: The Next Level (PG)
The gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan
Sonic The Hedgehog (PG)
After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.
Starring: Ben Schwartz, Jim Carey, James Marsden
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (G)
Princes who have been turned into Dwarfs seek the red shoes of a lady in order to break the spell, although it will not be easy. A parody with a twist.
Starring: Chloe-Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin, Gina Girshon, Patrick Warburton (voices)
Bad Boys For Life (MA)
Will Smith. Martin Lawrence., Bang, bang. Shoot, Shoot.
Starring: See above
The Invisible Man (MA)
When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Directed by Aussie horror maestro Leigh Whannell
Starring: Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer
The Current War (M)
The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Katherine Waterston, Oliver Powell
April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Starring: George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth.
In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy
Spies In Disguise (PG)
When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.
Starring: Rachael Brosnahan, Mark Ronson, Will Smith, Reba McEntire
The Way Back
Jack Cunningham was an HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins
Paddington (G) (2014)
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
Starring: Ben Wishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters.
NB: Info correct at time of publishing