Welcome to This Month at the Movies, the first edition of our new monthly movie guide. Every month we'll be featuring the latest and greatest movie selections for your consideration. In addition to this, you can expect any major movie news and brand new theatrical trailers that are a must-watch.
After what seems like an eternity, the movie industry is finally in the early stages of returning to some form of normalcy, or at the very least a new normal, with cinemas re-opening around the globe. This means all those highly anticipated blockbusters that were due to be released over the American summer are just on the horizon. With restrictions beginning to ease, many local government authorities have deemed it safe to be out and about under certain guidelines. These conditions include being able to sit at a restaurant as long as guests are socially distanced, and more recently expanded to clean and socially distanced movie theatres. So make sure to support your local cinemas.
Please note: advice may differ depending on your location, so please follow the health guidelines within your state and city area.
If you are one of those people who are more comfortable being isolated in their own surroundings, then there are a few exciting and nostalgic options available to you. A number of drive-in movie theatres are beginning to pop up around town to check out. There is, of course, the classic 50's style Skyline drive-in at Blacktown courtesy of Events Cinemas. We have also seen the inventive rooftop drive-in at Moore Park near Fox Studios featuring classic movies, courtesy of the team that brought us Movin' Bed. Now Disney and the guys from Openair Cinemas have also joined the party, with a brand-new concept called the Disney plus Drive-in. At this stage, the event will be travelling to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Guests can expect all their Disney favourites with Marvel Mondays, Star Wars Wednesdays, Pixar Sundays and all the other beloved classics. Details can be found here.
In film news, at the end of last month, Warner Bros. had a global online fan event to promote their brand new slate of movies based off the DC Comics brand. Promotional material was released for Wonder Woman 1984 and the new Suicide Squad, not to mention the first trailer for The Batman starring Robert Pattinson (make sure to check out the new trailer section below). Director James Wan's Aquaman 2 was also announced to be in production, in addition to a new Flash movie starring Ezra Miller and the returning Ben Affleck as Batman. Sometime in the future audiences can also expect to see a Black Adam movie from Warner Bros. starring Dwayne Johnson. The studio has been flirting with the concept for a number of years, but it seems as though the great nemesis of Shazam will be featuring in his very own antihero origin movie. It was also announced that Zack Snyder would be releasing his director's cut version of the Justice League onto the streaming service HBO max. The film will be split into four parts so it can be watched as a series or in its entirety. The total runtime of the movie is estimated to be around 4 hours.
In other news, at the end of last month, we were also saddened to hear about the passing of actor Chadwick Bosman, most famous for his critically acclaimed role in Black Panther. The film was a cultural phenomenon grossing over 1.3 billion US dollars worldwide, with plans for a sequel to be released in 2022. Black Panther 2 was in the early stages of pre-production at Marvel Studios and Disney, and had yet to begin filming. There is no news at this early stage about the future of the Marvel franchise. Chadwick Boseman also featured in films including 42, Get On Up, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the highest-grossing movie of all time Avengers: Endgame.
Now for your consideration are our movie picks for the month of September. Enjoy.
Tenet - In cinemas now
Christopher Nolan's long-awaited and highly anticipated movie sees the return of the blockbuster to cinemas worldwide. Much mystery has surrounded the project, a trademark of director Christopher Nolan's resume of mind-bending and thought-provoking films. The movie can only be described as an international spy thriller that explores with the idea of manipulating time, a concept known as inversion. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine.
New Mutants - In cinemas now
20th Century Fox's last X-Men movie, before the company's recent acquisition by Disney, sees the studio try its hand at merging the superhero and horror genre. A group of teen mutants institutionalised for being too dangerous have their greatest fears tested when a new inmate with the power to manifest her fears enters the asylum. The film directed by Josh Boone stars Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Bill and Ted Face the Music - 10th September
After a long hiatus, a blast from the past returns to the silver screen with the third instalment of the cult classic Bill and Ted movie series. The dynamic duo destined to write the song that will save the world have yet to accomplish their purpose. They are now middle-aged and time is running out. Keanu Reeves returns to the role that made him famous, for an adventure involving time travel, mindless fun and quite a bit of stupidity. But hey, it could be worse. You could be losing more brain cells watching reality TV.
RETRO CINEMA RELEASES
With the film industry holding back their new releases this year, cinemas have been given the opportunity to bring back some classic movies to the big screen. It's a perfect time to watch your all-time favourite movies back in the cinema. Perhaps if you are lucky, you may even be able to see a classic film for the first time on the silver screen. Recent weeks have seen movies such as Alien, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jurassic Park and Back to the Future all return to cinemas for a limited time. Some theatres have even put on a director's showcase featuring the films of Quentin Tarantino. If you are quick, you may still be able to catch Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.
Here are our Retro Cinema picks for the month of September.
The Empire Strikes Back - 10th September
Widely thought of as the best Star Wars film of all time. The sequel to the original classic sees the evil Empire led by the infamous Darth Vader hunting down the band of rebels that destroyed the Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker embarks on a quest to find a long lost Jedi master to continue his training to become a Jedi.
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back celebrating its 40th anniversary
The highly acclaimed finale to the original Star Wars trilogy. After attempting the daring rescue of Han Solo from the clutches of mobster Jabba the Hutt, the rebel alliance led by Princess Leia must embark on a mission to stop the completion of a second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker must face Darth Vader and the evil Emperor to once again bring balance to the galaxy.
The sequel to the highly successful Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins takes DC comics' most formidable heroine to the 1980s for an action-packed adventure. The sequel stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Kristen Wiig as Wonder Woman's great nemesis the Cheetah, along with the highly mysterious return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. The film is due for release in October 2020.
BRAND NEW TRAILERS
The new iteration of The Batman sees Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves taking the reins of the franchise. The adventure focuses on Batman's second year as the caped crusader. The cast includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, ZoŽ Kravitz as Catwoman and features the introduction of the Riddler. The film is due for release in 2021.