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After being closed for nearly six months, movie lovers can now return to Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) in over 26 locations from March 5 onwards to catch the latest blockbusters on the big screen

With the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in most states and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in several others, cinemas across the country are finally allowed to reopen. Malaysia's largest cinema chain, GSC, which has been closed since October 2020, is all geared up to welcome audiences back to the movies.

Ticket sales are now available for cinemagoers to choose from a wide selection of highly anticipated films, from action to thriller, to a handful of animated titles for the young at heart. To celebrate its reopening, GSC will be offering a host of concession promotions for single moviegoers and family members, with savings of up to 50 per cent.

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There's no occasion better than now to make up for the lost time, so here are the movies we're most excited to watch at GSC.

Raya and the Last Dragon

Disney's much-talked-about Raya and the Last Dragon is a film of many firsts–first movie inspired by Southeast Asia, first-ever Southeast Asian princess, first Southeast Asian actress in the lead role.

The movie travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.

Written by Malaysia-born Adele Lim (of Crazy Rich Asians fame), Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a warrior whose wit is as sharp as her blade, and Awkwafina as the magical, mythical, self-deprecating dragon named Sisu. Characters also include a street-savvy 10-year-old entrepreneur named Boun, the formidable giant Tong and a thieving toddler Noi with her band of Ongis.

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Endgame

Endgame, a remake of the 2012 Japanese film Key of Life, is a Chinese-Hong Kong action black comedy film co-written and directed by Rao Xiaozhi, produced by and starring Andy Lau. Lau stars as world-class hitman Zhou Quan who ends up swapping identities with down-to-luck actor Chen Xiaomeng (played by Xiao Yang).

Chen Xiaomeng is a theatre actor who just can't catch a break in life. His career is in shambles, his love life is depressing, and he can't even properly commit suicide. One day, he decides to visit the local bathhouse where he accidentally causes Zhou Quan to slip on a piece of soap and fall into a deep coma. In a split second, he decides to switch places with Zhou Quan, only to discover that he's a renowned professional assassin. Under his new identity, Xiaomeng is forced to undertake the assassin's missions.

Lau has been praised for his role in Endgame, with Screen International writing: "Andy Lau is terrific in a role that requires alternating between suave precision and humble charm, both of which he delivers in spades."

Grab a bucket of popcorn and get ready for a barrel of laughs because it looks like this 'body switch' movie won't disappoint.

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Wonder Woman 1984

In case you missed it, GSC will also be re-running the DC Comics superhero film Wonder Woman 1984, the second instalment of the superhit superhero franchise. Helmed by director Patty Jenkins, the charismatic Gal Gadot returns to star as Wonder Woman and her alter ego Diana Prince.

Diana Prince lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s–an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artefacts and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

Some fun 'first' facts: Not only was Wonder Woman the first female-led comic book movie in more than a decade, which kickstarted the film franchise, Jenkins was also the first woman to helm a big-budget American studio superhero movie. Additionally, Gal Gadot is the first actress to portray Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in a live-action film. So a screening of Wonder Woman 1984 is perfect for ringing in International Women's Day on March 8.

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Cinemas operating in states under CMCO and RMCO are subject to strict SOPs and guidelines. As such, GSC will continue to implement stringent SOPs including temperature checks, contact tracing via MySejahtera, social distancing, as well as regular cleaning and sanitisation after every show. Patrons are also advised to wear masks in all public areas, except for when eating or drinking.

Cinema halls will include gap seating between patrons, but the latest reopening offers options for twin seating which allows family members of the same household to sit together and make the moviegoing experience more enjoyable. However, in accordance with SOPs issued by the National Security Council (MKN), audiences are required to provide valid proof of cohabitation if requested.

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