Getting to see movies in the cinema this year has proved all but impossible thanks to COVID-19.
It still remains the case that seeing movies on the big screen is more difficult than it used to be with cinemas selling a vastly reduced number of tickets due to social distancing requirements, which is why it’s good that two of the three films in this wrap-up are available to stream online.
The streaming option is important because while it’s desperately sad that cinemas have taken a beating this year – the fact is that even with them open, many people are reluctant to go to them just in case – it is good that we can still see some movies.
Hopefully the vaccine will arrive as promised sometime next year and we can all go back to seeing the majority of our movies at the cinema but I suspect COVID-19 has changed moviegoing forever and that more films will end on streaming than ever before.
Time will tell …
“[Writer and director Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn)] brings to life the story of Alice, a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she’s to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she’s resistant. It’s not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed.
“Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Byzantium, Quantum of Solace), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Loki, Motherless Brooklyn, Beyond the Lights), Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Tom Courtenay (The Aeronauts, Doctor Zhivago) and up and comer Lucas Bond star in this intensely emotional story of love’s endurance in trying times.”(synopsis via Coming Soon)
Summerland opens 31 July in UK and USA and 28 January 2021 in Australia.
“From the 1870s through our 21st century, Radioactive tells the story of pioneering scientist Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) through her extraordinary life and her enduring legacies – the passionate partnerships, her shining scientific breakthroughs, and the darker consequences that followed.
“Based on author Lauren Redniss’ book Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, the film, which stars Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley as scientists Marie and Pierre Curie, is directed by Marjane Satrapi and features a cast that also includes Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Simon Russell Beale.” (synopsis via Flickering Myth)
Radioactive releases on Amazon Prime on 24th July.
“On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user. The catch: You don’t know what will happen until you take it. While some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. But when the pill escalates crime within the city to dangerous levels, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk-taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it.
“Project Power stars Jamie Foxx (Ray, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception), and Dominique Fishback (The Deuce). It will also feature Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld), Amy Landecker (Transparent), rapper Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly (Nerve) along with Allen Maldonado, Andrene Ward-Hammond and Kyanna Simpson. (synopsis via Coming Soon)
Project Power releases on Netflix on 14 August.