If you’re like most people, you’ve probably given your streaming services a really good nudge this year. With countless titles on offer to view in the comfort of your own home, it might seem like you’ve got it all sorted, but when it comes down to it there really is nothing like a visit to your favourite cinema.
Maybe it’s those big comfy chairs, maybe it’s the life-like boom of the surround sound, maybe it’s the alluring and ever-present aroma of buttery popcorn… whatever it is, there’s a definite air of excitement whenever you enter a real-deal cinema – and that’s all before the previews have even started.
Since re-opening after Covid-19 shutdowns, cinemas are operating a little differently in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. Along with hand sanitising stations and increased cleaning frequency, cinemas have introduced social distancing measures in place in all communal areas, especially important when queueing and exiting.
Even better, a new mobile app means you can not only pre-purchase tickets but you can order your favourite candy bar snacks and check into your session straight from your mobile, too. While seated, you’ll notice space between yourself and other groups, with safe gaps allocated at the time of booking.
Ready to revisit the magic of the cinema? Here are some of the latest blockbusters hitting the screens right now.
Trolls World Tour (G)
A huge hit with kids all around the world, Trolls World Tour (PG) is the latest blockbuster from the team behind Shrek. A sequel to 2016’s Trolls, this colourful animated adventure is described as “an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music” anddelivers plenty of LOLs thanks to lead characters Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and the grumpy Branch (Justin Timberlake).
This hotly anticipated thriller by Christopher Nolan (Batman, Interstellar, Inception, Dunkirk) sees stylish Bond- secret agent (John David Washington, son of Denzel) embark on a dangerous mission to avert the start of World War III. With a complex time-bending plot, plenty of car chases and a series of exotic locations it’s the kind of smart, action-packed blockbuster that will have you gripping the armrest, though coming in at a bum-numbing 2.5 hours, you might want to upsize that popcorn order.
Unhinged (MA 15+)
Starring Russell Crowe as the broken and angryTom Cooper, this nail-biting psychological thriller is a story of road rage gone wrong as amiddle-aged psychopath with a murderous grudge just can’t let go of the perceived injustices of the world.Whenstressed-out mum Rachel (Caren Pistorius) unwittingly cuts Cooper off in traffic one morning, he loses the plot and all hell breaks loose.What starts off as a rough day for Rachel turns into a terrifying 24 hours as a rage-filled Cooper exacts his brutal retribution.
The New Mutants (M)
A young adult addition to Marvel’s X-Men franchise, this dark and gloomy superhero horror centres on a group of five mutant teenagers(Mirage, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot and Magik) with special powers who’vebeencaged up in an abandoned psychiatric hospital with the suspicious Dr Cecilia Reyes. When things start getting weird, the group starts to question why they're being held and who's trying to destroy them. Terrifying and action-filled, it will be a hit with teenage viewers.
After We Collided (M)
An adaptation of Anna Todd’s best-selling novel and the sequel to last year’s After, this romantic drama sees college student Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) and brooding rebel Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) reprising their roles.Hardin will always be... Hardin. But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with— or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. It’s just not that easy.