Opening 10-23-2020 in Theaters: The Empty Man

The Empty Man: 10/23/2020

Wednesday, week #43 of 2020 (10/23-10/25/2020)

Only one new movie this weekend to see in theaters, unless others drop unexpectantly. Last week that happened with The Kid Detective having a limited release.

Let’s get to that solitary wide theater release.

The Empty Man
[FIRST LOOK]

Since posting that FIRST LOOK the first official trailer has been posted:

Haven’t read any of the comic books its based on, but the basic premise sounds entertaining. Right now any sort of virus or communicable disease is going to have a special interest — or maybe not. Maybe some (many?) will have fatigue for these type of stories because they remind too much of the ongoing pandemic.

I’m hopeful this will be one of the better movies we’ve seen since the theaters reopened. It has potential.

Anticipation: 7/10

Are you looking forward to seeing? Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

Opening 10-16-2020 in Theaters: Honest Thief, 2 Hearts

Honest Thief: 10/16/2020

Wednesday, week #42 of 2020 (10/16-10/18/2020)

It’s up to a thieving character seeking redemption and romance played by Liam Neeson in Honest Thief to set our popcorn munching stage this weekend. 2 Hearts will debut to tug at the romantics heartstrings.

Also, there’s Robert De Niro and friends in The War With Grandpa and the music story Yellow Rose that premiered last weekend for those of us that didn’t have any theaters open nearby to enjoy.

Can’t believe we’re talking about *4* new movies to see in movie theaters. It almost feels like before the pandemic.

Honest Thief
[FIRST LOOK]

This trailer gives me a Taken vibe, especially when Liam Neeson tells the corrupt cop he’s coming for him. That calm “I’m going to F you up” is pure Neeson gold. No idea how good this will be, but it will be our first movie at an AMC theater in 2020 and our 36th new movie watched in theaters this year overall.

Anticipation: 7/10

2 Hearts

Lots of guys without shirts in the trailer! Based on an inspirational true story. Hmm … not sure what to say about this trailer. It’s giving me a lifetime movie vibe which means Kara will like it, but not sure it’s my thing. I do like a good romance and have enjoyed some lifetime movies, so maybe this will be a pleasant surprise, but anticipation is low.

Anticipation: 2/10

The War With Grandpa (premiere 10/9/19)
[FIRST LOOK]

The more times I watch this trailer, the dumber I feel for looking somewhat forward to seeing this. I think it’s the great cast of actors involved (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, etc). With the $3.6 million it made last weekend with all Regal Cinemas closed makes me think other moviegoers were hopeful this would be entertaining, too. Could also be that it was the only brand new wide release movie available last weekend. Doubtful it outsells Honest Thief this weekend, but good luck to it!

Anticipation: 4/10

Yellow Rose (premier 10/9/2020)

Sure has won a lot of awards. Wait, here comes border enforcement to shatter the country music dream. This could be one of those that I don’t think I’ll enjoy but do. Anticipation is low, but that doesn’t say anything about whether or not it will be good.

Anticipation: 3/10

Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing? Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

Opening 9-24-2020 in Theaters: The Last Shift [LIMITED]

LIMITED Theater Release

Wednesday, week #39 of 2020 (9/24-9/27/2020)

There are no movies set for wide release until October 9, two weeks from now, when, hopefully, the two movies planned will screen as scheduled: Liam Neeson in Honest Thief and Robert DeNiro in The War With Grandpa.

This weekend a LIMITED release for The Last Shift, some classics including the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

The Last Shift
[FIRST LOOK]

Am warming up to this one upon rewatching the trailer. Something tells me the straightforward, yet dry plot could setup a potentially interesting character sketch. Worked at the same restaurant for 38 years? Long ago, I worked in the restaurant business, so the idea of a 38 year employee passing the torch to a new trainee could be the germ of a good concept.

Putting anticipation at the halfway mark.

Anticipation: 5/10

Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

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.

Opening 3-12-2020 in Theaters: Bloodshot, The Hunt, I Still Believe

Wednesday! Week #11 of 2020 (3/12-3/15/2020). We get the 7-11 store equivalent of a Big Gulp of wide release movies this week.

Vin Diesel starring as Valiant Comics superhero Bloodshot, the only non-Disney/Marvel and non-DC movie based on a comic book character. A movie that was dropped from release in 2019 for being too politically incorrect about hunting people. Another movie, this one faith-based, from a true story about a popular country singer-songwriter who falls in love and has his faith challenged by tragic illness.

Bloodshot
[FIRST LOOK]

I’m intrigued by the trailer and Vin Diesel in an adaptation of a comic book character. This seems like a darker story, not Joker-dark, but somewhere between Batman and Joker.

Anticipation: 7/10

The Hunt
[FIRST LOOK]

Don’t know why I enjoy stories about humans being hunted in a safari-like setting, but this premise is appealing to me. My concerns are more about how much politics play into this. The President made this movie out to be a political hit job on conservatives. I will be bummed out if this goes down some preachy path.

For that reason alone, I’m slightly less interested in this than Bloodshot.

Anticipation: 6/10

I Still Believe
[FIRST LOOK]

Regal Cinemas sent me an early screening in IMAX offer for this one. I kind of wish this would have been released in/around Valentine’s Day. Some might be turned off by the religious undertones, but I think that could be a powerful part of the picture. Ready the tissues, this could be a real tear-jerker.

Anticipation: 4/10

ANTICIPATION for Week #11: 3/12/20 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 3-12-2020 movies?

  1. Bloodshot – 7/10
  2. The Hunt – 6/10
  3. I Still Believe – 4/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

The movies are confirmed wide screenings available at theaters in our area with screenings available starting on 3/12/20. As mentioned above, I Still Believe has one advance IMAX showing tonight at 7pm. That is a conflict with my work schedule, so not sure I’ll be able to make it, but am interested. Also, not sure why IMAX would be necessary for the film, but maybe it would be worth seeing. All will be watched, rated and reviewed.

Opening 3-5-2020 in Theaters: Onward, The Way Back, First Cow

Wednesday! Week #10 of 2020 (3/5-3/8/2020).

This week we get an animated treat from Pixar involving a search for the top half of their father so they can spend one day with him, a basketball coach tries to rehabilitate his drinking problem and his team, and a movie about — and don’t have one (who knows where that comes from: “Don’t have a cow, man.”?) — a cow.

Yes, a cow.

But, first, let’s go …

Onward
[FIRST LOOK]

Onward official trailer #1
Onward official trailer #2

First and foremost we want to be entertained and Pixar has a proven track record of producing entertaining films. The story here seems quirky and offbeat, but not cliched. Looking very forward to watching this one.

Anticipation for Onward: 7/10

The Way Back
[FIRST LOOK]

The Way Back official trailer #1
The Way Back official trailer #2

Ben Affleck has been in some good movies and he’s got the acting chops, but this alcoholic former basketball player turned coach story could go either way for me. It doesn’t look like the team is going to have the personality or comedy of The Bad News Bears and this doesn’t seem like Hoosiers either.

Anticipation for The Way Back: 5/10

First Cow
[FIRST LOOK]

When I wrote the COMING SOON for this movie, my anticipation was 0/10. I find the whole idea of watching a movie about a cow similar to watching paint dry, however, I’ve been wrong about movies I’ve expected to strongly dislike, so I’m bumping my anticipation up from zero to one. Surprise me, cow. MOoove me. Yeah, yeah, stop throwing the rotten banana peels.

Anticipation for First Cow: 1/10

ANTICIPATION for Week #10: 3/5/20 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 3-5-2020 movies?

  1. Onward – 7/10
  2. The Way Back – 5/10
  3. First Cow – 1/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

We’re going to be in Las Vegas this week, not our home area, so we’ll be checking out screenings there. We’re planning on seeing Onward in 4DX + 3D and The Way Back in standard 2D format, but have not found if First Cow is playing anywhere nearby. At least two of the three will be watched, rated and reviewed.