Pop the corn, the movies are back


Victoria’s multiple COVID-19 lockdowns have resulted in the closure of entertainment venues, including large screens. But now the cinemas are back. Michaela Meade spoke to HOYTS Cinemas Victoria’s Northwest Zone Manager Ryan Pascoe about the pandemic’s impact on the business, and looked at which upcoming releases are worthy of popcorn and tops of chocolate.

The closures put an end to the Victorians sitting in a dark cinema with other moviegoers, enjoying snacks in the candy bar as the stories unfold before your eyes.

But now, with the restrictions of the sixth extended state easing, moviegoers have the option of returning to sit in front of the big screen.

HOYTS Cinemas Victoria’s Northwest Zone Manager Ryan Pascoe said the movie industry has had a tough time throughout the pandemic.

“The ripple effect of the most recent COVID-19 lockdowns has impacted not only our employees and guests, but also all of our suppliers and partners,” Ryan said.

“With our counterparts in the US and UK living with the virus, due to the high vaccination rates we have seen the industry start to rebound and we expect the same circumstances to have a positive impact on the virus. industry locally.

“We know that moviegoers crave the whole big screen experience and we can’t wait to welcome them again. “

Due to high vaccination rates, theaters began to reopen on Friday, October 29, subject to density limits.

Ryan says there are plenty of new releases that visitors can enjoy when greeted at theaters across the state.

“We have a really exciting list of new releases when we reopen our theaters,” he says.

“Guests can expect to see all of the major blockbusters from the past three months on the big screen, including“ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, ”“ Eternals, ”“ Halloween Kills, ”“ The Many Saints of Newark “, and more!

Plus, moviegoers can get excited for some stellar blockbusters for the remainder of 2021 with ‘No Time To Die’, ‘Boss Baby: The Family Business’,’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage ‘,’ Dune ‘and’ Spiderman: No Way Home ‘, to name a few!

A movie buff himself, Ryan says he looked forward to “The Many Saints of Newark”.

“Being a huge fan of the Sopranos personally, I can’t wait to see what this prequel will deliver on the big screen,” he says.

What to watch

“Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings”

Rating: M

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy

The next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must face the past he thought he left behind, as he is drawn into the clutches of the mysterious organization Ten Rings. This movie is expected to expand the MCU in more than one way. Critics have praised its cast and its status as the first Marvel-led superhero outing in Asia.

Recommended Audience: Marvel fans who want to see the rest of the story after “Avengers: Endgame” and adventure and action enthusiasts looking for something a little different.

‘Halloween kills’

Rating: MA

Genre: horror, thriller

The protracted battle between infamous flasher killer Michael Meyers and his original “final daughter” Laurie Strode continues in this next chapter. The film follows the events of “Halloween” 2018 – which resumed 40 years after the events of “Halloween” 1978. The story will end in the next installment, “Halloween Ends”, which is slated for release next year. .

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to his role as Laurie Strode.

Recommended audience: fans of the original “Halloween” and its many sequels, and fans of horror thrillers

‘Free guy’

Rating: M

Genre: action, adventure, comedy

Ryan Reynolds stars as a bank teller who discovers he’s a background character in a video game. These premises allow Reynolds to do anything with his comedy, and the visual effects team has created some remarkable visuals for audiences.

Recommended Audience: Ryan Reynolds or Deadpool fans, and anyone looking for a fun movie night

“The Many Saints of Newark”

Rating: MA

Genre: crime, drama

This long-awaited feature prequel to the award-winning drama series “The Sopranos” is set in the explosive 1960s, during the Newark Riots. The African-American and Italian communities are often by their throats, and a young Anthony Soprano is caught in the mix.

Recommended audience: fans of the original series, who want to see where it all started

“No time to die”

Rating: M

Genre: action, adventure, thriller

In Daniel Craig’s final turn as a beloved James Bond spy, the character left active service and is enjoying a peaceful life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when an old friend of the CIA arrives, wanting his help. A star cast joins Craig on his latest outing, which is sure to be a blast.

Recommended audience: Series fans and action-adventure enthusiasts

‘The Eternals’

Rating: to be confirmed

Genre: adventure, fantasy, drama

A new team of superheroes will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this epic new adventure spanning thousands of years. Find out why these immortal heroes didn’t step in when Thanos posed a threat to half the universe. Directed by Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao, the film’s early reviews praised its visual style and script.

Recommended Audience: Those who want Marvel to do something new, and diehard fans who want the story to continue

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