Who’s been to cinema lately? Anyone?
If you’ve seen any genre of movie in the past 20 months, it was most likely on Netflix. Or Stan. Or maybe even free-to-air TV.
No matter how you watched films in 2020 and 2021, we’re going to hedge our bets and say it wasn’t at a movie theatre.
Cinemas worldwide have taken a mighty whacking throughout the pandemic, but with vaccination rates only on the rise in Australia and restrictions finally winding back across the country, it’s time to switch off the streaming services and hot-foot it to your local cinema.
So, grab your best movie mate and a mask and brace yourself for that intoxicating smell of buttered popcorn, because our friends at Event Cinemas have shared the flicks you simply must see on the big screen this summer.
Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a young man living in a far and complicated future. Paul’s family controls the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a very valuable resource. When their ruling over Arrakis is threatened, Paul leads a rebellion to ensure the future of his family and people.
Dune might be a sci-fi tale, but it explores themes of politics, religion, and humankind’s relationship to nature. It’s also a stunning example of cinematic escapism, perfect for if you need to check out from your life for a couple of hours.
Oh! And did we mention it stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya? We bet that’s piqued your interest! Dune is now showing Australia-wide.
In the last Spider-Man instalment (Spider-Man: Far From Home, 2019), our friendly neighbourhood hero was unmasked. As we’re reacquainted in Spider-Man: No Way Home, we discover the crushing fallout: Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) is no longer able to separate his ‘normal’ life from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter seeks help from Doctor Strange, things take a dynamic turn and he’s forced to consider what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Another summer flick with Zendaya at the helm, Spider-Man: No Way Home also stars Tom Holland in the title role and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. It released nationally on December 16.
The timeless love story is making a comeback to the silver screen.
Iconic Hollywood director Steven Spielberg has turned his hand to West Side Story, the universally beloved twentieth-century take on Romeo & Juliet.
Set in 1950s New York, the musical romantic drama explores forbidden love, loyalty, and the rivalry between two teenage street gangs. This reimagining of a classic is out on Boxing Day.
The long-awaited next chapter in The Matrix franchise is only weeks away. Directed by visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski, The Matrix: Resurrections picks up 20 years after the events of The Matrix: Revolutions. After living a seemingly normal life for almost two decades, our hero Neo (hello, Keanu Reeves!) suddenly finds himself back inside the Matrix fighting a new enemy. Also starring fan favourites Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett-Smith, The Matrix: Resurrections hits theatres on Boxing Day.
Lady Gaga and Adam Driver star in House of Gucci, the shocking true story of the renowned fashion dynasty behind the Gucci empire.
When Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries Maurizio Gucci, she finds herself mixed up in a web of decadence, betrayal, revenge, and… murder! A rollicking watch, House of Gucci is as much a visual feast as it is a sensationalist family saga. Releasing New Year’s Day.
When a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, spooky things start to take shape. So, who are they gonna call? You guessed it… Ghostbusters! But things only get spookier when it turns out our trio has a secret connection to the original gang.
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, the next chapter in the supernatural franchise is bursting with ‘80s nostalgia but with some serious twenty-first-century bite. Landing New Year’s Day.
A period action spy drama centring on history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds, The King’s Man stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, and Matthew Goode. The third instalment in the Kingsman series (which is actually a prequel!) will have you holding on to your seats as one man races to stop a war from wiping out millions. In theatres January 6, 2022.
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