Cinema & Stage Guide (June 9-15)

A scene from the comedy Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson, second right.

CINEMA RATINGS
***** EXCELLENT  ****VERY GOOD  *** GOOD  **AVERAGE  * POOR
Film ratings are by Billy Suter or from Internet Movie Data Base.  Theatre ratings are by Billy Suter.
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Note:  Ster-Kinekor’s latest display ad for KwaZulu-Natal cinemas appears at end of this post.
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FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT  IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JUNE 9

DER ROSENKAVALIER ****
Director: Robert Carson
Stars: Renee Fleming,
Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley

The film of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s first new staging of this Strauss opera since 1969. Screenings will be at the Ster-Kinekor complex at Gateway in Umhlanga, as well as at Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. Screenings are scheduled for 5pm on June 10, 2.30pm on June 11, 11.30am on June 13, 6pm on June 20 and 11.30am on June 21. The opera has a dream cast including Renee Fleming, singing in her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, and Elīna Garanča, in her Met role debut as the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian. This production also features Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s oafish cousin; Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between the Marschallin and Octavian; Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Sophie’s father, Faninal; and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer.

THE MUMMY ***
Director: Alex Kurtsman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, AnnabelleWallis

The tale of an ancient princess being awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

THE WHOLE TRUTH ***
Director: Courtney Hunt
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

A crime-drama centred on a defence attorney who works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.

TONI ERDMANN ***
Director: Maren Ade
Stars: Sandra Huller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn

The tale of a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard-working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

GIFTED ***
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan

A drama centred on Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece, Mary, who is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

ROUGH NIGHT ***
Director: Lucia Aniello
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon

A comedy in which a group of friends are horrified when the male stripper they hired for a wild bachelorette party in Miami winds up dead.

THE CASE FOR CHRIST ***
Director: Jon Gunn
Stars: Mike Vigel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway

A drama in which an investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.

CARS 3 ****
Director: Brian Fee
Stars: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper

Another animated romp in which cool car Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he is still the best race car in the world.

THE HUNTER’S PRAYER **
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Stars: Sam Worthington, Odeya Rush, Allen Leech

The tale of an  assassin helps a young woman avenge the death of her family.

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A scene from King Arthur: Legend of The Sword, directed by Guy Ritchie.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

WONDER WOMAN ****
Director: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Gal Godot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis

Israeli model and actress Gal Godot stars as Amazon princess Diana in this glossy sci-fi spectaclewhich has her, in the early 20th century, living on the island of Themyscira. She meets US military pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) when he washes ashore. After learning from him about the ongoing events of World War 1, leaves her home for London in a bid to bring an early end to the war. Director Patty Jenkins previously directed 2003’s Monster.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ***
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen

Emma Watson, for me, is too wishy-washy as the feisty beauty who discovers one cannot always judge a book by its cover, after she is captured by then befriends a prince turned into a beast. However, there is much to delight in this glossy live-action remake of the 1991 animated Disney musical. (BS)

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: SALAZAR’S REVENGE ***
Director:
Stars: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) discovers deadly ghost pirates, led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea… including him. His only hope of survival is to seek the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the sea.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD ***
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jude Law, Eric Bana

This adventure has Arthur, robbed of his birthright, coming up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls A sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. The film features a screenplay by Ritchie and Joby Harold.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL 2 ***
Director: James Gunn
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautisa

More colourful sci-fi adventures as The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Based on the Marvel comic characters.

THEIR FINEST ***
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jeremy Irons

Based on the Lissa Evans novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half, this comedy, set during World War 2, centres on a former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, who joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

BAYWATCH **
Director:
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Effron,

Dwayne Johnson takes over the role made famous by David Hasselhoff in this remake of the TV series about beach lifeguards. It tells of a devoted lifeguard, Mitch Buchanan, who butts heads with a brash new recruit. However, together they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

GOING IN STYLE **
Director: Zach Braff
Stars: Joey King,  Morgan Freeman, Ann-Margret

A comedy in which three lifelong friends, desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, decide to risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

THE SHACK **
Director: Stuart Hazeldine
Stars: Sam Worthington, Tim McGraw, Octavia Spencer

An American fantasy-drama about a grieving man who receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called The Shack.

THE BOSS BABY **
Director: Tom McGrath
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Steve Busceme, Jimmy Kimmel

An animated  movie about a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairing up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the chief executive officer of Puppy Co.

OZZY **
Directors: Alberto Rodriguez, Nacho La Casa
Stars: Guillermo Romero, Dani Rovira Jose Mota

An animated romp about a young dog which, when his family goes on holiday, finds himself at a pooch prison, where he must escape with the help of his new friends.

HALF GIRLFRIEND *
Director: Mohit Suri
Stars: Shraddha Kapoor, Anisa Butt, Arjun Kapoor

A romantic drama centred on a man called Madhav, who meets a girl named Riya and falls in love. After struggling to convince her to be his girlfriend, she half heartedly agrees to be his “half girlfriend”. The film is based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat.

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The Reals band perform their popular Dire Straits tribute show in Umbilo, Durban, this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS 

TRIBUTE TO DIRE STRAITS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

Durban’s The Reals band, returns to this venue for the third time with its fine salute to Mark Knopfler and his band, Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, June 11. The venue opens 90 minutes before the performance for a bring-your-own meal (light meals and snacks can also be bought at the theatre). Patrons are not permitted to take their own drinks, and must use the cash bar available. Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

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