Movie Theaters Are Back Open and “CinemaSafe”
By Britt Argo
Hollywood is Back with New Movie Releases for October
Last month, we saw several metro Atlanta area movie theaters re-open to play Tenet. Labor Day weekend was the re-launch, allowing movie theaters to welcome guests back indoors for big screen, immersive viewing of a new film. After a successful re-opening, Hollywood is releasing more anticipated films in October onto the big screens! Here is what we are excited to view:
Oct 23rd—Death on the Nile (PG-13): Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is back in a new Agatha Christie tale. He survived the train trek on the Orient Express. Now Poirot travels on a glamorous river steamer down the Nile and must solve a murder with a new batch of suspects before they come to port.
Why You Must Watch It: The dialogue, the build-up, the pacing adds so much suspense. Poirot teases and paints a picture with his words: “The romance of the desert has the power to seduce. I ask you, have you ever loved someone, been so possessed by jealousy, that you might kill?” and, “The crime is murder, the murderer is one of you. I have investigated many crimes, but this has altered the shape of my soul. I am Detective Hercule Poirot, and I will deliver your killer!” and, “How many great stories are tragedies? Murder was just the beginning!”
The visuals—sets, costumes, and cinematography—are stunning. Kenneth Branagh is also the director, and his film style never disappoints. We are transformed back in time to a sepia-toned, rich, shadowy 1937 along the Nile River and pyramids of Egypt. The attention to detail, the rich luxe costumes, the styling of the actors becomes almost an extra character. At times, we get slower camera pans across the scene, so we can take it all in and become more immersed in the setting.
The stellar ensemble of actors/characters works well for this film. We have A-listers Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, and Armie Hammer. We have veterans—Annette Bening, Sophie Okonedo, and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous). We have familiar faces—Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Russell Brand, Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and many new actors you will soon love. This tapestry of talent helps weave this tale very well.
Bottom line—yes—you must see this one in the movie theater on a big screen. If you loved Murder on the Orient Express, you will love this one!
And here are some other October films coming to theaters near you:
Oct 9th—War with Grandpa (PG): “Old School vs. New Cool”—a comedy for the whole family! A family comedy/drama starring Robert DeNiro as a grandpa who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman) and grandson Peter. A less-than-thrilled Peter “declares war” on his grandpa to reclaim his bedroom from an unwelcome roommate.
Oct 9th—Honest Thief (PG-13): “Never Steal A Man’s Second Chance”! An action crime/thriller starring Liam Neeson, a notorious bank robber who wants to “go legit”. He tries to turn himself in but is double-crossed by two FBI agents with a vendetta.
Oct 16th—2 Hearts (PG-13): A romantic drama starring Radha Mitchell and Jacob Elordi (Kissing Booth fame). It follows two couples who live in different times and places, but somehow are entwined together, forming a surprise connection.
Oct 23rd—Connected (PG): An animated family adventure. When college-bound Katie leaves for film school, her whole family plans a road trip to help her get there. But a “tech uprising” of robots and everything digital tries to take over the planet, making their road trip an epic battle to save the world.
CinemaSafe Movie Theaters
The National Association of Cinema Owners (NATO) have worked with epidemiologists to develop and support CinemaSafe—a program with health & safety guidelines and protocols to assist movie theaters with safely re-opening for their guests. Over 300 movie theater companies have joined and pledged to adopt these safety measures, including all metro Atlanta theaters. CinemaSafe theaters commit to social distancing, masks required, reduced capacity, improved air filtration, frequent hand-washing, hand sanitizer stations, enhanced cleaning, employee health training, modified concessions, mobile ticketing and more. All to allow everyone to enjoy their movie safely. To learn more, visit cinemasafe.org.
Britt Argo, an avid movie fan for more than 30 years, sees an average of 150 movies a year in movie theaters. She is the marketing cooordinator at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf-5100 Commerce Parkway in Roswell. 770-518-0977. auroracineplex.com & a51fun.com