All The Movies We’re Dying to See Now Cinemas Have Reopened
We’re never taking cinemas for granted again. The movie houses are finally reopening after being shuttered for almost a year, and we will soon be able to smell fresh popcorn and experience IMAX again. We never thought we’d miss having to shush noisy cinema-goers, but nothing quite compares to the experience of watching our favorite movies on a giant IMAX screen with speakers blaring epic scores. While we’re grateful for all the streamers out there, the cinematic experience holds a special place in every film buff’s heart.
The new retrofitted cinema of Eastwood Mall in Quezon City prepares for reopening.
With that said, we’ve prepared a, shall we say, wish list for Manila’s movie theaters. So, hi there SM Malls, Ayala Malls, and Robinsons Malls… we’re just going to park this here.
Here Are All the Movies We Missed But Are Still Dying to See
1| Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
To our great dismay, the entire country missed the launch of Marvel’s first-ever Asian superhero in a lead role. Shang-Chi premiered in the U.S. in September, but it’s not too late to Simu Liu and Tony Leung’s epic action scenes on the big screen, right? Right??
2| Black Widow
Black Widow premiered simultaneously in cinemas and on Disney+, meaning lucky users with VPNs can access the film on the streamer from the Philippines. But we’d still pay extra money to see Scarlet Johansson's last movie as Black Widow in cinemas.
3| Venom: Let There be Carnage
There have only been two Venom movies so far, but both were made for the big screen. Venom is definitely one of the darker Marvel/Sony movies, and it would be one hell of a mind-blowing experience to see this slimy antihero in the…cinema flesh?
4| Free Guy
One thing we absolutely miss about theaters—hearing everyone laugh at the same time at some hilarious scene, of which Free Guy has many. In the latest addition to the Ryan Reynolds Cinematic Universe, a suburban Ryan Reynolds meets the Deadpool-esque world promising plenty of chaos and laughs. And after this pandemic, we definitely all need a good laugh.
5| A Quiet Place Part II
If you watched A Quiet Place in cinemas in 2018, then you understand why Part II needs to be seen in the movie theater instead of at home. In a world where noise promises death, A Quiet Place Part II will have everyone on the edge of their seats jumping at every small sound coming from the giant speakers.
6| Godzilla vs. Kong
The entire Monsterverse was made to be a cinematic experience, and Godzilla vs. Kong is the ultimate monster film thus far. The Titans can only be fully appreciated on the big screen, so this is definitely a film we have to watch in the movie theater.
7| The Suicide Squad
From the trailer alone, we know The Suicide Squad will be a chaotic experience with plenty of gaffes and R-rated moments. And for that reason alone, we need to see John Cena, Idris Elba, and Margot Robbie blown up on the big screen (figuratively, of course).
8| The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
With cinemas opening just in time for Halloween, this is definitely a movie on our cinema wishlist. There’s nothing quite like seeing horror movies in the cinema—unlike streamers, you can’t click exit when you’re on the verge of a heart attack.
This Christopher Nolan film was released in 2020, but it’s not too late to consider Tenet for cinemas. Anything Nolan is worth paying for a ticket, and based on the trailer and spoiler-free reviews, Tenet is a mind trip that was built for IMAX.
10| No Time to Die
There’s not even a debate. No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s last movie as James Bond, and there will be no better farewell than hearing the James Bond theme blaring through the speakers as Craig bows out as 007.
All the Upcoming Movies We’ll Donate Our Kidneys to See in the Philippines
Marvel Studios’ mastermind Kevin Feige has said that Eternals will “redefine” the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so yes, we are willing to donate our kidneys to see this in cinemas. Maybe our mothers’ kidneys, too.
Dune is perhaps the most epic movie scheduled to be released in 2021. Critics are ravings and fans who read the books in their childhood are losing their collective shit. Dune’s global premiere is going to be an event, and we pray to all the gods of Arrakis that we won’t miss out.
13| Spider-Man: No Way Home
In no version of the multiverse will we miss the chance to see three Peter Parkers in one place. All the main villains from the previous installments are set to make an appearance, so please cinema lords of the Philippines, take pity on us, and make this happen.
14| The Matrix Resurrections
Give us the red pill, because we’re ready to have our minds reopened to the world of The Matrix. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Thomas and Trinity, respectively. Take us down the rabbit hole, Neo.
15| The King’s Man
Every Kingsman movie is a blast, and we’re sure that The King’s Man, which takes place during the fall of the Romanovs, will be no exception. In times like these, we need big, fun films to wipe the stress away.
So there you have it, Esquire’s wishlist for cinemas that are reopening. That’s not a lot, right? We’re willing to settle on one or two… or 10. But in all seriousness, movie theaters are such an underrated source of relief and enjoyment in these anxiety-inducing times. We’ll certainly never take them for granted ever again.