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In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realises a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill, The Commuter is released in cinemas on 18 January. Liam Neeson’s trademark style comes given his character had previously been a policeman. The film had us on the edge of our seats and checking whether we were still breathing because the action is full-on!

Open-Air-0597-1-1024x683American Express Openair Cinemas is bringing an exciting festival program of fun, food and flicks to seven cities across Australia. From November through to April 2018, at eight stunning locations including Coolangatta beachfront, St Kilda Sea Baths and Bondi Beach, film fans can look forward to the ultimate night out under the stars with American Express Card Members receiving a range of exclusive benefits.

With more than 200 events taking place across the country, the festival vibes will be in full swing each night with an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen. On Friday nights the Pepsi Max DJs will be getting the party pumping with summer’s newest tunes whilst Saturdays will see Visit Victoria showcase the sights, sounds and tastes of Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene.

Anyone short of company is welcome to bring along their ‘Doggy Date’ to any screening. Pampered pooches will be able to enjoy the VID treatment with a pawfect picnic platter of doggy delights and their very own canine couch.

Over at ‘Crafty Corner’ guests will have the chance to ‘Pimp a Pineapple’ or enjoy masterclasses in knitting, macrame and more.

In a joint bid to champion food waste prevention, American Express Openair Cinemas is teaming up with OzHarvest to present Soul-Sundays, a Sunday session of delicious food sampling, trivia, music and games for all the family. A $3 donation from each ticket purchased will provide six meals to those in need.

At each stop on the nationwide tour, American Express Openair Cinemas will be transporting diners to the streets of Naples with a series of alfresco long table dinners. Partnering with purveyors of fine food and authentic Italian cuisine in each location, a delicious three-course meal paired with wine will be served at a variety of pop-up events and hosted by the likes of Salt Meats Cheese and Ladro. The daily menu of irresistible dishes including wood-fired pizzas and freshly tossed salads also promise to be firm favourites throughout the season.

To wash it down, the dedicated cocktail bar will be serving a refreshing twist on summer classics, Frosé, Aperol Spritz, 4Pines craft beer and Giesen Wine as well as cinema essentials, ice cream and popcorn.

This year’s program of movies is an exciting mix of box office hits, highly anticipated new releases and cult classics including:

• Wonder – based on the New York Times bestseller, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star in this inspiring and heartwarming story.
• Star Wars The Last Jedi – the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure.
• Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – four teenagers discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting where they find out they must play to survive.
• Coco – aspiring musician Miguel teams up with charming trickster Hector on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.
• The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman stars in an original musical that celebrates the birth of showbusiness and tells of a visionary that became a worldwide sensation.
• Pitch Perfect 3 – following their epic win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one final singing competition.
• Love Actually – get into the festive spirit with this Christmas classic.
• Dirty Dancing – nobody puts Baby in the corner.
• Elf – Will Ferrell as everyone’s favourite elf.

American Express Card Members are invited to relax and enjoy the full VIP cinema experience by purchasing a ticket for the American Express Invites Lounge. Card Members will get their own lounger and get comfortable with a cushion and blanket as well as some tasty treats. American Express Card Members also enjoy 15% off selected tickets when purchasing with their cards as well as complimentary blanket hire.

Non AMEX Card Members can chillax to the max with the variety of seating options available and add a touch of comfort to a night under the stars with a blanket and lounger which can be hired as part of any ticket package. Premium tickets to the Star Lounge include reserved seating on a comfy lounger, service straight to your seat and a glass of wine.

Locations and Dates

Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Brisbane)
Venue: Rainforest Green, Brisbane
Food: Salt Meats Cheese
Date: October 6 – November 19
Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Gold Coast)
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta
Food: Salt Meats Cheese
Date: October 19 – November 19

Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Inner West)
Venue: Cadigal Green, Camperdown
Food: Salt Meats Cheese
Date: November 29 – December 20

Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Melbourne)
Venue: St Kilda Sea Baths
Food: Ladro
Date: November 30 – December 20

Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Canberra)
Venue: Patrick White Lawn, Canberra
Food: Salt Meats Cheese
Date: January 11 – February 25

Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Bondi)
Venue: Dolphin Lawn, Bondi Beach
Food: Salt Meats Cheese
Date: January 25 – March 4

Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Perth)
Venue: Ozone Reserve, Perth
Food: Salt Meats Cheese
Date: March 9 – April 1

Event: American Express Openair Cinemas (Adelaide)
Venue: Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
Food: TBC
Date: March 15 – April 15