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Empire Summer 2021

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this month

THERE’S ALWAYS BEEN a philosophy at the heart of Empire, one shared with me when I slid into the editor’s chair (well, more like excitedly jumped in it and then careered across the room into a wall). That for us, when it comes to movies, it’s always Christmas Eve. When it’s the height of excitement, of optimism, of hope. These hours before, when your entire body is alive with anticipation. Now, just days away from 17 May and the big reopening of cinemas, it’s more like Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and the night before your first-ever school disco all rolled into one. This is not to ignore what the last year has been like, the scars that have been left. We’ve seen so much loss and struggle — both individually and…

2 min
talk to us

FIVE-STAR MISSION After listening to Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino [on the Empire Podcast], I thought I’d come clean on my recently reached film milestone: I have now watched every four-and five-star Empire-rated film. The journey has been tough. But the joy of switching on an undiscovered gem more than made up for it. I’ve completed it in time for the avalanche of new films that is about to hit us, so please don’t hold back on more rave reviews. WILL BARKER, SUTTON COLDFIELD Thanks, Will. Have a Picturehouse membership to enjoy some more five-star films on us when cinemas open again this month. (And remember, three stars is still a recommendation.) Picture house Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend! Valid for one year at 23 Picturehouse Cinemas across…

8 min
no./1 indie cinemas fight back

THIS MONTH’S FILM MOMENTS THAT MATTER THE REX, BERKHAMSTED When James Hannaway, owner of The Rex cinema, walks around town, there’s only one question people have for him: when will the cinema reopen again? “I get stopped a lot,” he says. “People [tell] me how much they’re looking forward to coming back. We can’t wait to open our doors again.” On 17 May, it’ll finally be back. It’s no wonder cinemagoers want to return. Walking through The Rex’s impressive lobby doors, you’re transported back to the Golden Age of Hollywood with its sweeping balcony, cabaret-style, Art Deco proscenium and grandiloquent red-and-gold colour scheme. “It takes you right back to the splendour of the cinema when it first opened [in 1938]” Hannaway says. The cinema had just enough savings to get through the first lockdown,…

2 min
the big questions, answered

WILL I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK? Yes. You’ll be required to wear a face covering at all times while at an indoor cinema, including while watching the film, unless you are exempt for health reasons. You will be able to take it off temporarily to eat or drink. The mask mandate is due to be lifted, pending a review, on 21 June. WILL THERE BE SOCIAL DISTANCING? Yes. In order to be Covid-secure, cinemas are having to run at reduced capacity to maintain social distancing, and will only allow you to book seats in the screen in small clusters, by household or bubble. Again — all going to plan — there will be no restrictions in England from 21 June. WHAT ABOUT DRINKS AND SNACKS? Specific government guidance for cinemas on food and drink…

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no./2 where do cinemas go next?

Will cinemas now show a different mix of fims? The industry had survived on a diet of major studio content: no-one ever expected that supply of films to be turned off. What we will see going forward is a desire on the part of cinemas to show a broader range of content because they will need to sustain an audience which last year [flocked] to films like Saint Maud. Some of those smaller titles, which would’ve struggled to get onto screens, will get space in the cinema. How is the release calendar looking? From July onwards, we have almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to potential film content, and it may be that some of the smaller venues are waiting for when they have a broader choice of film content. My…

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no./3 why the falcon and the winter soldier fell flat

IT HAD EVERYTHING going for it — a great cast, a huge budget and immensely likeable characters — but The Falcon And The Winter Soldier had an unusually rocky time of it, thanks to reported chopping and changing in the last year. It was still entertaining; stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan saw to that. But what went wrong? 1 IT CAME AFTER THE RADICAL WANDAVISION It’s not the show’s fault that it followed the genuinely innovative WandaVision, but it created an unflattering comparison to what turned out to be a relatively standard thriller: find the bad guys, stop them despite opposition from your own side. Perhaps we’re spoiled — okay, we definitely are — but is it too much to ask for daring storytelling each time? 2 SAM AND BUCKY’S RELATIONSHIP WAS…