Reel Reviewer Column: Drive-in cinema comes to MK

Jason Day discusses the future of cinema and previews July’s online movie releases

We might be slowly leaving lockdown, but it will be some time until we sign out of our streaming services and head to the cinema as we remember it.

With news that a theatre in Germany refitted its auditorium, removing seats so people can enjoy a play and maintain social distance, will cinemas follow?

It might work for multiplexes with cash reserves not depleted by months of being empty, but what about smaller outlets?

The Independent Cinema Office reports on the phenomena of ‘drive-in’ cinemas set up in unlikely venues such as airport car parks. And we will receive a taste of this ourselves in MK as Reels and Wheels will be opening a drive-in cinema at Willen Lake from July 9-12, showing classics such as Mrs Doubtfire, Back to the Future and Dirty Dancing.

For further info and to book tickets visit

Now, here are some new movies scheduled for online release in July that you can watch from the comfort of your own home:

A White, White Day (out on July 3)

Icelandic drama about a copper whose obsession with uncovering his deceased wife’s affair with a local man threatens to destroy him and his loved ones.

An emotional sucker-punch with great performances.

The Old Guard (July 10)

Netflix offering starring Charlize Theron as the leader of a group of mercenary soldiers who have eternal life. When their ability to never die is exposed, she must defeat her enemy.

Theron kicks some major a** and there’s a great screen pairing from KiKi Layne.

Mulan (July 24)

Disney’s formula of remaking its animated classics as liveaction fare continues.

Yifei Liu takes the title role, a young Chinese girl who disguises herself as a male warrior so she can save her father. The cast includes Gong Li, Jet Li and Jason Scott Lee.

This has epic sweep, but how someone looking like Liu could fool the Imperial Army is beyond me.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (July 31)

Fifth feature length outing for the animated sponge. When his best friend – a snail called Gary – goes missing, the hunt is on to find him.

He meets new and whacky characters along the way, including an oracle-bush who looks like Keanu Reeves.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the July 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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