Film Critics in the Land of Corona COVID 19

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First, we started getting the notices that James Bond’s new flick No Time To Die was moved to Thanksgiving, 2020. Then West Newbury’s own Jon Cena’s F9 (Fast and Furious 9) as Jakob Toretto, Dom and Mia’s brother who is working as a master thief, assassin and a high-performance driver got his F9 pushed back to April 2021. These were the films moving back to another time, but as for film screenings for critics? That’s another blow.

At 9:17 am on March 13th we got a note from a publicist: Good morning, As announced last night, Disney has postponed the release of MULAN indefinitely. In light of this, we will not be moving forward with the press and promotional screenings that were going to be held over the next two weeks. We will certainly keep you aware of a new release date or any other info when we receive it.

Other notices started bombarding the critic’s mailbox: THE LOVEBIRDS (Paramount Pictures), previously scheduled to release on April 3, 2020, is now postponed indefinitely.

and another: A QUIET PLACE PART 2 After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of A Quiet Place Part II. We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace. The screening scheduled for Monday, March 16th at 7:00PM at ShowPlace Icon is CANCELLED.

Which led to today’s press release from Comcast/NBC/Universal