Opening 9-17-2020 in Theaters: Infidel

Wednesday, week #38 of 2020 (9/17-9/20/2020)

The one wide release movie in theaters this week offers us Infidel. The financial temperature in movie theater land is lukewarm, buoyed by Tenet being on a gadzillion theater screens, so many that it’s hogging up space for other titles. Maybe that’s all in the cards, but we’d rather see more new movies than Tenet showing so much. Maybe the exhibitors, as they are called, know what they’re doing, but our one lone Regal theater has like 8 of the 15 screens dedicated to Tenet.

Still no idea when our home theaters will reopen. We have around 10 theaters in a 20 mile radius and none of them – zero – are open. The one Regal theater we have to patronize is 30 miles south, as mentioned, and it’s showing all new wide releases except for one classic film, Black Panther.

We’re planning to go on a road trip soon, so maybe we’ll run into some other movies in other theaters in other cities, but in the meantime, let’s measure excitement over the one new wide release available this coming weekend, starting Thursday.

Infidel
[FIRST LOOK]

Barely interested in this one. Seems too familiar to a bunch of other action thrillers with a bunch of unfamiliar actors. We’ll catch this in a theater, likely somewhere while we’re on the road. It’s not going to be a big priority, unfortunately. We’ve had this same low level of anticipation with other titles and have ended up liking and recommending, so never know what will happen.

Anticipation: 2/10

Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

Opening 9-10-2020 in Theaters: The Broken Hearts Gallery

Wednesday, week #37 of 2020 (9/10-9/13/2020)

The one wide release movie in theaters plan continues with a romcom this week. Tenet box office is still chugging away and passed $150 million worldwide to date with $20 million the opening weekend in the United States.

Meanwhile, Mulan are seeing what kind of numbers they can carve in the experimental premium streaming service space (access for those not in the know requires Disney+ subscription and $29.99 to “own” the movie). Disney asserts this is a one-off and while we want Mulan, if it’s a good movie, to do well, our hope is this new release model is not a success (see: Will Movie Streaming Buffet Keep Adding Premium Titles Like Mulan for Extra Fees?). A success will encourage others to try this space. Pretty soon your streaming service will cost $x/month and some percentage of new movies will require an additional fee in order to access before it is released as part of the subscription. It just sounds like another way to surcharge customers.

Just to be clear, we do favor reducing the 90-day theatrical window (see: Collapsing Theatrical Windows Are Not The End Of Cinema Life As We Know It) and technically this supports moving in this direction, but asking people to pay for a subscription and additionally to access to certain new movies doesn’t seem like a moviegoer-friendly idea. Why not just go straight to VOD/PVOD? Why the requirement to be a subscriber of a service and require an additional fee?

(that’s rhetorical, Disney is hoping this will be an incentive for more people to sign up for a monthly or annual subscription)

Most industry articles and Cinemark and Regal (the other two big theater changes) did not like the AMC 17 day theatrical window deal cut with Comcast / Universal, but we did (see: Good deal – AMC strikes historic deal with Universal to shrink theatrical window to 17 days). I think this shows the general disconnect that theater chains and the general movie community have with moviegoers habits. More are migrating to watching movies at home and the pandemic only pushed this process along further. It is probably never going to completely replace watching movies in theaters — nor do we think it should — but it’s foolish not to recognize technology is disrupting the traditional moviegoing experience.

The Broken Hearts Gallery
[FIRST LOOK]

Since there’s only one new movie coming and we like watching new movies, any movie, no matter how bad or good it looks, is something we’re immediately looking forward to seeing. The trailer looks just OK, and doesn’t spark interest further. We may see it on opening night or wait and see it another day this weekend. It’s not the “hey, we must rush out and see this” like we had with Tenet.

Anticipation: 5/10

Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

Opening 9-3-2020 in Theaters: Tenet

Wednesday, week #36 of 2020 (9/3-9/6/2020): the first blockbuster tentpole to hit the partially reopened theater scene: Warner Bros. Tenet, which opened for early access on Monday 8/31 and internationally a week ago (see: Tenet opens internationally with $53 million box office, advance launch in US starts 8/31)

Tenet
[FIRST LOOK]

Seeing this in IMAX would be ideal. Hopefully we can catch it in that format this week, but we will see this in some format very soon. The anticipation due to the lack of seeing any blockbusters for many months just makes this viewing all the more anticipated.

Anticipation: 8/10! (with an extra exclamation mark)

That’s the only new movie opening in the United States theaters this week, but there is another movie going to Disney+ and a premium charge of $29.99 and that’s …

Mulan
[FIRST LOOK]

Mulan official trailer #1
Mulan final official trailer

We’ve been talking about this movie since the beginning of 2020. I’m a little bummed that with some theaters reopened, it won’t be screened. At least one reader has commented that their household will welcome the additional $30 premium charge (see: Will Movie Streaming Buffet Keep Adding Premium Titles Like Mulan for Extra Fees?). It’s about a 95% chance we will not be paying that to see Mulan. Instead, we’ll wait until it appears for no extra charge on Disney+ on December 4, 2020. You can read the details at that link, no sense rehashing in this post.

Going forward in September, we’re looking at a movie theater release schedule of one new movie each week with a bunch of classics and some special Fathom retro films. Hopefully, studios will gain confidence and move up dates of more titles. October is looking much brighter. It all just depends on how many theaters reopen and how many moviegoers feel safe enough to return.

Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

Opening 8-28-2020 in Theaters: The New Mutants, The Personal History Of David Copperfield

Movies coming to our local Regal Cinemas theaters August 28, 2020

Wednesday, week #35 of 2020 (8/27-8/30/2020).

*2* new movies in theaters this coming weekend, starting Thursday August 27, 2020.

The New Mutants are being shown in IMAX format.

The New Mutants
[FIRST LOOK]

The last superhero/comic book character movie I saw in 2020 was Vin Diesel in Bloodshot. Not very entertained with that one, so hoping this one is better. Probably will catch it in IMAX, as we haven’t seen anything in IMAX in awhile.

Anticipation: 5/10

The Personal History of David Copperfield [LIMITED]

Listed as a comedy, the trailer makes this appear more like a period piece on David Copperfield. Not sure what to make of this, but it might surprise me. Not very interested in seeing.

Anticipation: 2/10

Regal Cinemas reportedly opening more theaters in our area on August 28

It looks like our favorite theater, including the one with the super comfortable recliner seats, will be reopening on August 28. Should be just in time to catch at least one of these two new movies. Regal lists their reopening list here: https://www.regmovies.com/static/en/us/theatre-reopening-dates#28

Since Kara has no interest in seeing The New Mutants, I’ll likely be watching that solo on Thursday night in IMAX.

Do you have movies in theaters in your area?

Will repeat this section weekly for a few weeks as theaters across the United States continue to reopen.

Please let us know in the comments if you have any theaters reopened this weekend and, if so, you have plans to see anything?

If you’re waiting to see what other reports are of the movie theater reopening experience, the safety or lack thereof, it’s all good, we’ll have that covered at least what our experience was like. Some medical experts are saying it’s not safe to return to the movie theaters yet.

Opening 8-21-2020 in Theaters: Unhinged, Words On Bathroom Walls, Tulsa, Cut Throat City

Movies coming to Regal Cinemas theaters in Olympia, Washington August 21, 2020

*4* new movies in theaters this coming weekend, yay!

It’s sooooo good to have movies showing up in theaters again this coming weekend, albeit, we have to drive like 30 miles out of the area, because all theaters in our county are not open yet. Oh well, that’s not too far away.

It’s an IMAX theater, too, although it doesn’t appear any of the new movies will be in IMAX format. I was thinking maybe Unhinged might be, but it doesn’t appear that way. For those lucky enough to have 4DX theater reopening nearby, it says it is available in that format. I haven’t seen an IMAX movie in quite some time, not even one I think since this blog started very close to a year ago, so excited about those possibilities again soon.

It’s been roughly five months since we last were able to do this (see: Opening 3-12-2020 in Theaters: Bloodshot, The Hunt, I Still Believe), but the schedule is every Wednesday we feature movies opening wide (mostly, some are LIMITED releases) in theaters.

This is week #34 of 2020 (8/21-8/23/2020).

Yeah, it’s late in the day to make this post and in some places it’s already Thursday, but technically we’re getting in under the wire.

Unhinged
[FIRST LOOK]

Russell Crowe road raging? Yeah, sign me up to watch this. Looking most forward to seeing this of the four new movies in theaters this weekend. If we don’t see anything else (unlikely), we’ll at least be watching this. And we’ll have a just left the theater video review as well. Will this movie be any good? That I don’t know. Russell Crowe movies, the few I’ve seen, have been hit and miss, but anticipation for this one is high for multiple reasons (among first new movies to watch in reopened theaters, story, etc)

Anticipation: 7/10

Words on Bathroom Walls

A reader — and forgive me which one of you it was so I could name and link (I’ve been burning the midnight oil at my regular day job lately) — mentioned really looking forward to this movie. Any time one of you kind folks mentions a movie with excitement that instantly increases my anticipation.

Anticipation: 5/10

Tulsa

Another movie that wasn’t on my radar at all hits the NOW SHOWING list at Regal starting August 21. Father and daughter movie with some elements of tragedyfrom the sounds of the trailer. Uh Oh, this could be a tearjerker. I Still Believe was the most recent movie I’ve seen that’s had this kind of impact on me. I like the background song playing in the trailer, no idea who that’s by.

Anticipation: 4/10

Cut Throat City

A post Katrina movie in New Orleans. Another movie I literally have not seen or heard anything about until seeing movie times starting August 21. I haven’t seen anything set in the post-Katrina area in awhile, so that alone moves up my curiosity. The trailer makes is done pretty well, too.

Anticipation: 5/10

When or if this weekend will be movie day?

We have our grandchildren coming over on Friday during the day, and none of the four new movies listed above are age appropriate for age 5 and 3 children so, unfortunately, we won’t be hitting the theater on August 21 unless it’s the latest showing after the kids go to their dad’s. Kara works on Saturday and I’m off, so maybe I sneak away for a Saturday matinee of one of these at least, that could be my return. Do kind of want to wait for her to be able to go at the same time, so could wait as well. Could go either way.

Maybe there are some classic kids movies showing? Covering that below, the titles might vary in your particular theaters in the United States.

What else is showing at Regal Cinemas that’s not new?

In no particular order, here are the other movies listed as “classics” in the closest Regal theater located near us:

  1. Black Panther – this is on Disney+ and we still haven’t seen this one. Will be a good one to check out in the theater, so looking forward to this
  2. Jaws – saw this in the theater before and loved it. Definitely want to see this again if there is time! We’re gonna need a bigger boat, alright.
  3. Bloodshot ⭐️⭐️½  – one of the last couple movies we saw in March in the theater. Do not think we’ll rewatch this again. Vin Diesel is in it. You can click the title for our review.
  4. Deadpool – saw this in the theater, not a fan. Sacrilege, I know, because Deadpool is supposed to be a hilarious character. Just found his constant sardonic wit a bit tiresome after awhile. It’s a good movie and I’d recommend others check it out, just wasn’t my favorite superhero. This all adds up to likely little interest in rewatching in theaters for us.
  5. Inception (IMAX) – I would like to see this in IMAX format. Christopher Nolan. Great lead-in to next weekend’s Tenet release (or rather September 4). It’s also showing as $5 ticket price too … that’s pretty sweet for IMAX. Usually we only pay the upcharge as Regal Unlimited members, which I think is around that price, but hey, for those paying full ticket price, this is a pretty sweet deal
  6. Sonic The Hedgehog ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Liked this movie, but doubtful I’ll be rewatching in the theater. This might be the closest of all the offerings we might be able to bring our grandchildren too, so maybe (?)
  7. Star Wars; The Empire Strikes Back ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – our grandchildren aren’t into Star Wars that much, but this would be one I’d love to rewatch in the theaters. This might be my first movie back. Love this movie! This will bring back many memories.
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – J.J Abrams led reboot was by far the best of the Disney Star Wars trilogy for me, but lukewarm interest in watching this again on the big screen.
  9. The Goonies – OMG, I haven’t seen The Goonies in ages. This is another fun, entertaining movie. Could absolutely be something we rewatch while it’s in theaters again.
  10. Unforgiven – Rated R Clint Eastwood. Another $5 classic movie available. Didn’t see this one in theaters when it came out, so this one is on our radar as well. Clint Eastwood has been one of those go-to actors in movies throughout the years.

Counting the four new movies that makes 14 movies available to watch in theaters this coming weekend. We won’t be watching them all, but certainly some of them, with the four new ones toward the top of the list.

As previously mentioned, we’re going to miss out tomorrow on the August 20 AMC is back for 15 cent reopening day (see: List of AMC theaters reopening for 15 cent movie day on August 20 – Any reopening near you?). Just aren’t any AMC theaters opening close enough to us. I’m bummed, too, because would have liked to have seen a movie in a theater tomorrow. Oh well, I can wait a couple more days.

Do you have movies in theaters in your area?

Please let us know in the comments if you have any theaters reopened this weekend and, if so, you have plans to see anything? If you’re waiting to see what other reports are of the movie theater reopening experience, it’s all good, we’ll have that covered at least what our experience was like, but will enjoy reading what others think.

List of AMC theaters reopening for 15 cent movie day on August 20 – Any reopening near you?

AMC is pulling out the stops to get moviegoers back to their theaters when some are reopened next Thursday on August 20 in the United States.

Contrast this to Regal, that start reopening one day later Friday. Kara and I received email notification from Regal that we will both receive a free month of Regal Unlimited ($44+ tax value), with charging for the service to resume on/after September 21, 2020.

The 15 cents per movie deal at AMC isn’t as good as free, but it’s pretty close. Their similar program called A-List is available for $5 for the first month, but that only allows 3 movies per week. Regal doesn’t have a limit, except that you can only see the same movie once per day.

To think that in 1920 the ticket price to see movies was only 15 cents is an eye-opener for inflation considering the cost is more like $12 now.

The company, which was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1920, is also offering discounts on concessions like popcorn for $5 through the end of October. “We are thrilled to once again open our doors to American moviegoers who are looking for an opportunity to get out of their houses and apartments and escape into the magic of the movies,” Adam Aron, AMC’s CEO, said in a statement on Thursday.

AMC is reopening its theaters this month with 15-cent tickets – CNN

The list of AMC theaters reopening on August 20 at AMC website is located here:
https://www.amctheatres.com/amc-safe-and-clean?rel=safe-and-clean_reopening_hp_hero#locations

Bummer for those of us in Washington State. Here’s the message we get on AMC website:

“Will reopen when local guidelines allow”

Doesn’t appear any AMC theaters will be reopening in Washington state on August 20

This is because in our area we’re in a phased reopening: phase 2, which does not allow reopening. Phase 3 is available in some counties in Washington state. The list of counties for other Washington state residents or tourists is here:

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/county-status-and-safe-start-application-process

The state capitol is in Olympia, which is Thurston county. That’s in Phase 3 which allows movie theaters to reopen with less than 25% capacity. Unfortunately, we’re not seeing any theaters located in Thurston county, which is like 30 minutes away from us. Bummer again. Maybe we’ll find an AMC theater located there somewhere.

We’ll be checking next week and maybe in our state it will be allowed for AMC to reopen. Kara and I already talked about it. If the theaters are reopened, we’ll be there on Thursday August 20, 2020 watching at least one movie, probably more.

Is your state listed with theaters in your area reopening on August 20?

If you can go, does 15 cent movie ticket prices entice you any further to return? Or maybe the reduced concession price of $5 popcorn? Or do you still want to wait to feel safer? Tell us in the comments area how you currently feel. There are no right or wrong answers for how you personally feel about when it’s a good time to return to the movies. Just curious if others will be going as soon as they can.

When Regal Cinemas Reopen “Temporarily” No FREE Refills for Large Popcorn and Soda

You might have heard me gasp when I realized that one of the safety requirements when Regal Cinemas — IF — reopens on August 21 as planned is that they will not be offering refills on large popcorn and soda.

They also will require electronic ticket purchasing. In the past there has been a 50 cent “convenience fee” for that payment method. A little curious if that will be waived or still in tact.

Bolding below is mine.

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be posted at entrances. Vending machines and water fountains will not be available for use. When it comes to concessions, the menu will be limited, and self-service condiment stations will be closed. Refills on large drinks and popcorn will be temporarily suspended, and every other register will be closed.

Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer – ABC13 Houston

Now you might be thinking: big deal, who needs that much popcorn? Consider this, if you’re paying $15 for large popcorn and soda — and that’s what it cost roughly before the pandemic, the free refill essentially cut the price in half. When we watched multiple movies, we’d buy the large and get the free refill for the second movie. Now, it sounds like we will either be foregoing popcorn on the second film or dropping another 15+ bones, if that’s the cost when they reopen.

Wonder if the cost of the popcorn and soda will be reduced?

As previously reported (see: Regal Cinemas Switching From Coca Cola to Pepsi Products in Spring 2020 Causes Some Soda Fan Unrest), the soda brand has changed from Coca Cola in Regal to Pepsi. Not sure how many will still care about this brand change (we don’t).

Just having theaters open to go watch any movies will be good news. Still not very comfident they will reopen as scheduled.

Good deal – AMC strikes historic deal with Universal to shrink theatrical window to 17 days

17 days. Wow. This is a better deal than anybody predicted would be cut by Universal.

Yes, the same Universal that was being threatened by AMC earlier this year for their decision to release Trolls World Tour to VOD (see: AMC Titanic May Just Have Struck Studio Iceberg – They Will No Longer Play ANY Universal Movies). Like I said all along, AMC was holding a pair of deuces during pandemic poker and Universal had dealt themselves a straight flush with the VOD success of Trolls.

17 days is the new theatrical window deal that AMC cut with Universal. From 90 to 17 and AMC will share in the VOD/PVOD revenue.

The deal includes at least three weekends of theatrical exclusivity for all Universal Pictures and Focus Features theatrical releases, at which time the studio will have the option to make its titles available across PVOD platforms. Universal said its traditional windows for electronic sell-through and regular VOD remain unchanged.

AMC Theatres, Universal Collapsing Theatrical Window to 17 Days in Unprecedented Pact | Hollywood Reporter

Readers will note I’ve been pushing for shortening the theatrical window for quite some time — since October of last year, well before we knew anything about a pandemic (see: It’s Time To Shrink Theatrical Window To 30 Days), so of course I like this deal.

17 days includes three weekends in the cinema which is more than enough for most movies — except big budget films — to be exclusive to theaters.

Will other studios cut similar deals? Indeed, I think they will. What do you think of this new 17 day window?

Regal Cinemas Announces Classic Movie Screenings Starting July 10 (IF they reopen): Rocky, Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park and more

Despite the delay of Tenet and Mulan to August (see: Tenet Delayed Again to August 12 – Summer Movie Theater Viewing Slipping Away), Regal Cinemas continues to stay the course of their announcement of reopening July 10.

According to a series of tweets from Regal’s official Twitter account (@RegalMovies), they have announced some of the classic movies that will be screening.

This is a good selection of movies to watch or rewatch on the big screen. Any in particular you’re interested in watching/rewatching in the theater, let us know in the comments. And, you might want to read the tweet replies, as some folks are saying it’s “too soon” and to “wait.”

This, in fact, might be the reality in some (many?) areas.

As of this writing, all our local Regal theaters continue to show no movie showtimes available for presale tickets (see topmost image). Being July 10 is only a couple weeks away from the posting of this article logic would suggest that at any time now the movie times will appear.

Unless they decide not to reopen, which is entirely possible, especially considering phase 4 in our area is being slowed due to spikes in COVID-19.

Credit: The Seattle Times June 27, 2020

We live in a county just south of the highest percentage of COVID-19 cases (King County – Seattle) highlighted in red on the image shown above. The graph to the left shows the increase in COVID-19 cases has risen to levels seen on 4/1 a couple weeks after non-essential businesses were closed. Deaths, if there is any positive in this data, have continued to decline.

I’m not sure if Regal or AMC will open in a couple weeks based on this data. Throughout this pandemic, I’ve maintained that the theaters should reopen as soon as possible when it is safe. I’m no scientist or health care professional, but the data above makes a strong case in our area that it isn’t safe yet.

I’m among the group that strongly wants to see movie theaters reopen, but not at the cost of public safety. If they do reopen on July 10, as planned, I’m going to be there, but this isn’t clear bearing the data shown above.

I’ve been waiting to post movies coming to theaters in July because changes to movie release dates continue to be delayed. This is yet more proof that nothing is predictable in these current times. Will likely do again like June (see: Originally Planned 9 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in June 2020 – Actual: 3 VOD, 0 Wide Theater Releases). I was hoping we might be getting back to normal, but that seems premature.

When Do You Think Movie Theaters Will Reopen?

We’ve covered in a prior post if you’re going to wait or visit right away and if you’re required to wear a mask (see: Will You Watch More or Less Movies in Theaters That Require Wearing a Mask?), a question I haven’t asked is when do you think movie theaters will reopen?

Will movie theaters open in July? Yes/no? In some areas, at least, I think the answer is no, despite theater announcements to the contrary. Government regulations may prevent — and rightly so — this from happening.

Will You Watch More or Less Movies in Theaters That Require Wearing a Mask?

How easy is it going to be eating popcorn and drinking soda while wearing a mask? Um, a distraction to the experience, definitely.

To mask or not is now being debated in the movie theater world.

AMC has reversed their decision to now requiring moviegoers to wear masks in their theaters. Before, they were going to allow their patrons to make that choice for themselves.

“This announcement prompted an intense and immediate outcry from our customers, and it is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of masks,” Aron said in a statement on Friday. “At AMC Theatres, we think it is absolutely crucial that we listen to our guests. Accordingly, and with the full support of our scientific advisors, we are reversing course and are changing our guest mask policy.”

AMC Theatres reverses course, requiring guests to wear masks – CNN

I haven’t seen that Regal will be requiring masks, unless required by governmental order, which was a similar position AMC took initially. Since a very tiny percentage of movies we watch at AMC theaters, whatever policies they choose will have almost no impact on our movie theater watching experience.

One of many things that has changed for our lifestyle is wearing masks. When it’s required for use at a business, as is the case with most casinos, we wear them. When it’s optional, we don’t. At work? It’s mostly required for both of us, so we wear them. I’d be lying if I said wearing a mask is something either of us enjoy. We don’t.

Do we feel safer with everybody wearing masks? Honestly, no. Do you? This might be controversial, but I feel sicker wearing a mask than being able to breathe naturally without one. They also fog up my glasses making it harder for me to walk around safely. Don’t even get me started on sneezing or coughing inside one. The wearing mask experience sucks, sorry.

There are practical considerations when wearing a mask as part of the movie theater watching experience. We both love popcorn, so we’re nearly constantly eating throughout the film. This is going to cause adjusting and readjusting a mask every single time a bite is taken, not to mention drinking soda.

We can watch movies at home without wearing a mask.

This got me thinking about the question raised in the title. Will wearing a mask make me want to see less movies in theaters? I don’t think so. Despite not enjoying wearing a mask, it’s not so unenjoyable that it will cause me to say, “I won’t go see Tenet at any theater that makes me wear a mask.”

However, if we have a choice between theaters that require masks and those who don’t? We would probably choose the one that doesn’t require a mask.

Since we really miss the movie watching in theater experience, a mask being required isn’t going to prevent us from seeing a movie. Some may not go back to theaters if they are forced to wear masks. It seems a bit silly a reason to reduce movie watching in theaters, but I’m curious how this might impact other moviegoers interest?

Will you watch more or less movies in a theater that require wearing a mask?