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MEGAPLEX, REDWOOD CHUG ALONG

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, July 3, 2020

The Cinemark Theaters locally had announced they would be opening their doors in a tentative, social-distancing manner this weekend but with the recent surge in coronavirus cases the chain has decided it’s too soon, refunding money to those who had paid online in advance for tickets. At the moment there is no set date for reopening.

Megaplex theaters in the Salt Lake Valley, and the Redwood Drive-In, however, continue — under social-distancing directives — to play a mix of older films and more recent titles, along with adding a new movie or two each week.

 

The new Megaplex titles this week are the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble” (rated PG), about the Democratic congressman and political activist who marched with Martin Luther King and is currently serving his 17th term in the House of Representatives, and “Followed,” and the R-rated found-footage horror film “Followed,” about a social-media video crew visiting a haunted hotel. And “Irresistible” and “The High Note” continue.

A new film is also at the Redwood Drive-in, and if you are (or were) a frequent moviegoer you probably saw the trailer several times in the months preceding the Covid-19 pandemic (my wife and I certainly did): “My Spy,” the PG-13 rated family comedy with Dave Bautista as a bumbling spy who is force to teach a precocious 9-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman) his techniques.

All three of these “new” movies are, of course, also available on various streaming sites.

 

Older titles coming to local Megaplex theaters this weekend include “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “Downton Abbey” (2019), “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “Chicago” (2002), “Dunkirk” (2017), “The Jungle Book” (2016), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) and “Deadpool” (2016).

And among the hangers-on are “Jaws” (1975), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Jurassic Park” (1993), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Back to the Future” (1985), “Gladiator” (2000) and more.

And at the Redwood you can also find “Ghostbusters” and “Jurassic Park,” along with “Groundhog Day” (1993), “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) and “Footloose” (1984)

Happy viewing, and don’t forget your mask and sanitizer.