Weekend Stage and Screen

A scene from the animated romp, Despicable Me 3.

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 30

WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? *****

Astonishingly good, gripping film of the recent London West production of Edward Albee’s long-celebrated drama. The movie – unforgivably – is not mentioned in the Ster-Kinekor ad for KZN but please note that this must-see film for anyone who appreciates magnificent acting will have four performances at Cinema Nouveaus in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and at the Ster-Kinekor commercial complex at Gateway in Umhlanga. Screening times are at 7.30pm on Saturday (July 1), 2.30pm on Sunday (July 2) and 7.30pm next Wednesday and Thursday (July 5 and 6). The play, unfurling on a single set depicting a finely detailed living room in the 1960s, the shape of which appropriately suggests a boxing ring, opens in the early hours of the morning – in the campus home of an American college. A tipsy Martha (a terrific Imelda Staunton), daughter of the college head, has invited a new, young professor, blond Nick (Luke Treadaway). and his slightly giddy, mousey blonde wife, Honey (Imogen Poots), for after-party drinks… much to the displeasure of her husband, George (Conlin Hill). As the alcohol flows and sunrise approaches, the young couple are drawn into the endlessly bickering George and Martha’s highly venomous games. See it!

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE **

Director: Mark Cullen
Stars:
Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Jason Momoa

The story of a Los Angeles detective who seeks out the ruthless gang that stole his dog.

THE OUTCASTS **

Director: Peter Hutchings
Stars:  Claudia Lee, Eden Sher, Peyton List

After falling victim to a humiliating prank by the high school Queen Bee, best friends and world-class geeks, Mindy and Jodi, decide to get their revenge by uniting the outcasts of the school against her and her circle of friends.

DESPICABLE ME 3 **

Directors: Eric Guillon, Kyle Balda
Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker

This animated romp has Gru meeting his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

ALL EYEZ ON ME **

Director: Benny Boom
Stars: Demetrius Shipp jnr, Danai Gurira, Kay Graham

This drama sets out to tell the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

HEARTBEATS **

Director: Duane Adler

Stars: Salman Khan, Paul McGillion, Aneesha Joshi

When a high-spirited American hip-hop dancer goes to India with her family for a wedding, she is blown away by a new dance style and falls in love with the man who has introduced it to her.

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Chris Evans and McKenna Grace in a scene from Gifted.

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 spectacle which 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.

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 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.

THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC ***
Director: Simon Aboud
Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine

A fantasy-drama centred on a young woman, who dreams of being an author of children’s books, and her unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich, old widower.

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 PROMISE ***
Director: Terry George
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte le Bon, Christian Bale

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, this film follows a love triangle between Michael (a brilliant medical student), the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris, a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING ***
Director: Stella Meghie
Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose.

A romantic drama centred on a teenager who has spent her whole life confined to her home, and falls for the boy next door.

TUBELIGHT **
Director: Kabir Khan
Stars: Salman Khan. Sohail Khan, Om Puri

A drama revolving around a man’s unshakeable faith in himself and his love for his family.

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.

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.

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.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT **
Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Gemma Cha

More noise and mayhem as humans and Transformers are war. Optimus Prime has gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformerso n Earth.

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.

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Members of the Black Lapels – from left are Rob Warren, Gareth Gale and Garth Warren. Catch their new showband entertainment, California Sunshine, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo, Durban, this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS 

THE BLACK LAPELS: CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

Fine Durban band The Black Lapels, with guest guitarist Luke Wyngaard (Rusty Red), present a new showband entertainment that salutes to the birth of the Los Angeles music scene. Expect songs associated with The Band, The Eagles, Neil Young, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and others. Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday (June 30 and July 1)  and 2pm and 6.30pm Sunday (July 2). The show will also be staged at these times next Friday and Saturday, at the same venue. The theatre 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)

CAT SIMONI: CAT ROCKS!
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Kloof)

Singer and pianist Cat Simoni performs varied rock songs in Cat Rocks, to be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday. Expect a mix of hits by Cream, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Queen, Led Zeppelin’ and Marc Cohn, among others. Also on the bill are songs associated with Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard and Heart. Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland at 082 449 8636. (BS)

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