No James Bond – so what movies are still hitting theaters?


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No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, to release now in 2021

James Bond has gone from hero to villain in the eyes of some moviegoers who now fear for the future of the big screen, after 007’s latest delay caused Cineworld to close its doors (for now).

But despite the demise of most blockbusters and much of the audience, many cinemas are struggling to stay open, and there is still a long list of low budget films on the schedule.

Director Jessica Swale, whose drama Summerland was released this summer, said she understands the financial ‘fear’ that has led studios to delay films like No Time To Die, Fast and Furious 9 and Marvel’s Black Widow until in 2021.

But she told the BBC Radio 4 Today program that there was “a much bigger picture” to consider if studios want theaters to survive the pandemic.

“Blockbusters are the vehicles that restore our audience, and so basically if they stay away, I think the audience will be too,” she said. If no blockbusters are released, the “ripple effect” is that independent theaters and other parts of the industry will be threatened.

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Summerland director Jessica Swale released new movie during pandemic

Meanwhile, film critic Jason Solomons told BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday that he feared audiences “would lose our passion for cinema”.

Watching movies at home doesn’t have the same magic no matter what size your screen is, he said. Some films, such as Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, went straight to streaming rather than risking a theatrical release.

If we break the habit of cinema, Solomon warned that we would lose “that notion of escaping – getting up, going out, being with friends, having a date.”

He added: “Because of Covid, we are losing all this fun. We are losing theaters, we are losing concerts, we are losing clubs. But losing the cinemas – this is the last vestige of culture and civilization. . ”

After Cineworld’s announcement, Tim Richards, boss of rival chain Vue, complained that the problem for the movie giants is that “we don’t have movies.”

What he meant was that they don’t have blockbusters. However, there are plenty of new films out there – some of which might find fans among the cinema’s loyal audience.

Some of the new films are due out in the next couple of months:

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Morfydd Clark stars in psychological horror Saint Maud

The psychological horror of Rose Glass Saint maud – released in the UK on Friday October 9 – follows hospice nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark), who fears she will be possessed after becoming obsessed with a former dancer in her care (Jennifer Ehle). Empire magazine said he had “ambition and daring [which] should be shouted from the rooftops “.

The same day, the comedy of Miranda July Kajillionaire, in which the life of Evan’s character Rachel Wood is turned upside down when her criminal parents (Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins) invite a stranger to join them in a heist.

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Clare Dunne co-wrote and stars in herself

The following week sees the release of I know, Mamma Mia’s third film! and Phyllida Lloyd, director of The Iron Lady. But that’s about all you can get from these Abba and Margaret Thatcher movies. This story of a Dubliner trying to leave an abusive marriage has been described by Variety as “the star of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival”.

Friday October 16 also sees the return of Robert De Niro in War with grandfather. The comedy, directed by Tim Hill, is about a young boy (Oakes Fegley) who struggles to get his grandfather out of his bedroom after moving in with his family.

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Olivia Cooke stars in Heist movie Pixie

Seven days later will bring Leprechaun and The secret garden. The first is a heist film that centers on a woman and two men who find themselves on the run in Ireland after their plan goes awry. The latter – based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911 – is a fantasy drama about a young orphan (Dixie Egerickx) who is sent to live with her uncle (Colin Firth) – to find a magical garden on her estate.

Luxor arrives on November 6 and tells the story of British aid worker Hana (Andrea Riseborough) returning to the ancient Egyptian city – struggling to reconcile the choices of her past with the uncertainty of the present.

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Soul is the next big Disney / Pixar animated production

At the end of November, Jamie Foxx stars in Soul, the latest Disney / Pixar animation, about a music teacher whose soul separates from his body after an accident. And Travelers finds Colin Farrell and his companions sent to deep space on an infuriating multigenerational mission in search of a new home.

Supernova is due to land in our cinematic orbit at the end of November. It stars Firth (again) and Stanley Tucci who “dazzle” (according to The Guardian) as a veteran couple facing their fears about love and mortality.

Existing versions Principe, After our collision and Bill and Ted face the music are among those who still play widely.

And in December we have to see major releases like the new one Dune adaptation with Timothée Chalamet; Eddie murphy Coming 2 America; and Wonder Woman 1984 – but there is still a lot of time for that to change …

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