New films and shows (July 7-13)

Saikat Ahmed as Tinker Bell and Paul Hilton as Peter in the National Theatre Live film of the London stage production of Peter Pan. Picture by Steve Tanner.

 

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 JULY 7

PETER PAN ****

Recorded live during its sell-out UK run at London’s National Theatre, Peter Pan follows the adventures of the leader of the Lost Boys, who loses his shadow but finds strong-willed Wendy, who helps him reattach it. In exchange, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the evil Captain Hook (Olivier Award-winning Anna Francolini) await… and a riot of magic, music and make-believe follows. Screenings at Nouveau cinemas countrywide (and Ster-Kinekor at Gateway in Umhlanga) are at 7.30pm on July 8, 12 and 13 July and 2.30pm on July 9. The running time is approximately three hours, including a 20-minute interval.View the Peter Pan trailer by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEh7OWMaUnE

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING ***

Director: Jon Watts
Stars: Tom Holland Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jnr, Gwyneth Paltrow

Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, young Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York, while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego, Spider-Man, as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.

CHURCHILL***

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Stars: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery

Six hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalised role in the war effort.

NUL IS NIE NIKS NIE
Director: Morne du Toit
Stars: Reine Swart, Morne Visser, Antoinette Louw

A heart-warming story about life, death and everything in between. The film tells of three friends (Hoender, Drikus and Chris) who set out to make Drikus’s last wish come true – to make a zombie movie. During their filmmaking process, Hoender starts to deal with the loss of his father, he makes new friends, works on his self-confidence and realises that he has a lot to offer. Drikus’s love of life and determination brings the surrounding lifeless community together and gives them a new lease on life.

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Principal cast of Baywatch, the remake of the hit TV series that starred David Hasselhoff.

 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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A scene from the fun Northcliff High School production of the Monty Python musical, Spamalot, at Durban’s Playhouse Drama theatre until Sunday, July 9.

 

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS 

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

KickstArt presents the popular children’s story by Roald Dahl, starring Bryan Hiles as the young boy who has a remarkable adventure involving a giant peach and five eccentric giant insects. Directed and designed by Greg King, the fantasy-comedy, with original music by South Jersey Pom Poms, also features Clare Mortimer, Peter Court, Belinda Henwood, Nhlakanipho Manqele and Lyle Buxton. Performances are scheduled for 2.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays, 11am and 3pm on Saturdays, and 2.30pm on Sundays. No babes in arms or children under three. Booking is at Computicket. (BS)

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
(Playhouse Drama theatre, Durban)

Under the direction of Nick Jourdan, the annual touring musical by Northcliff  High School pupils in Gauteng has long been a fun must-do. This year’s musical, the Broadway hit show inspired by the 1975 movie, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, is a great slice of nonsense about riderless knights on a quest for a grail that ends up having them search for players for a Broadway musical. Lots to tickle the funnybone. One of the school’s best shows in a while. Final performances at the Playhouse at 7.30pm Thursday and Friday (July 6 and 7), at 2pm and 7.30pm on Saturday (July 8) and 3pm on Sunday (July 9). (BS

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 (July 7 and 8)  and 2pm and 6.30pm Sunday (July 9). 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.  Full review under ‘Theatre’ on my site. (BS)

SWINGING ’60S
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

Irish singer and musician Dave Monks teams with Durban singer Marion Loudon for this laidback, low-fuss tribute to the hits of the Swinging Sixties – songs associated with the likes of The Beatles, Sony and Cher, The Carpenters, The Crystals, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, Cliff Richard, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Bee Gees, to name a few. Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland at 082 449 8636. (BS)

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