Film & show ratings (July 21-27)

 

A scene from Captain Underpants, an animated comedy featuring the voices of Ed Helms and Kevin Hart.

CINEMA RATINGS
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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 JULY21

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS **

Director: David Soren
Stars: Kevin Hart., Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch

An animated comedy adventure in which two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS ***
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Sci-fi adventure in which a dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

THINGS TO COME ***
Director: Mia Hansen Love
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon, Roman Kolinka

Drama in which a philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.

MUNNA MICHAEL **
Director: Sabir Khan
Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tiger Shroff, Chitrangda Singh

A musical-drama in which a young man tries to follow the footsteps of his idol, Michael Jackson

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A scene from The Odyssey, centred on ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

 

THE CIRCLE ***
Director: James Ponsoldt
Stars: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega

A sci-fi thriller centred on a woman who lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES ***
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

After the human-like apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

WAKEFIELD ***
Director: Robin Swixcord
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Garner

A drama in which a man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.

THE ODYSSEY ***
Director: Jerome Salle
Stars: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tatou

A drama centred on highly influential and a fearlessly ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. His aquatic adventure covers roughly 30 years of his life and achievements.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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 Jame and the Giant Peach. From left are Clare Mortimer, Peter Court, Belinda Henwood and Lyle Buxton.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS 

 

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

Final weekend. 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 feature, Clare Mortimer, Peter Court, Belinda Henwood, Nhlakanipho Manqele and Lyle Buxton. Performances are at 2.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays, 11am and 3pm on Saturdays, and 2.30pm on Sundays. No babes in arms or children under three. Book at Computicket. (BS)

GOTTA LOTTA SOUL
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

Excellent party entertainment show featuring Percy Smith and Marion Loudon on vocals, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Andy Turrell on guitar and drums, and Jill Murraybrown on bass, this show will be staged, this weekend and next, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sundays, with an additional 6.30pm performance on Sunday, July 23. A celebration of American soul music, it features songs associated with, among others, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Ruth Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Wilson Pickett. Also saluted are novelty artists such as Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, the Blues Brothers and James Brown.Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of eight. To book, or for more details, phone Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

2-4-1 A LOT MORE FUN
(RhumbelowTheatre, Umbilio, Durban – mornings only)

Final show at 10am today The first part of this entertainment offering by Durban’s Adi Paxton is a holiday-themed eco-adventure puppet story, Splish, Splash, Sploosh!, featuring a magical frog, a rather prickly young cactus and other water-wise plants near a rather dry waterhole. What happens when the world is a whole lot drier than you’re used to? Find out in this tale told with audience interaction and involvement, a few magic effects and some humour. This show will be followed by a ditzy performance by Cherry the Clown who, along with her AbracaZebra, celebrates a fun time as she creates a show with a little help from her family audiences. Whether its waving your hands, singing along or becoming a character come along and join her too. Each mini show is about 25 minutes with the total performance time being 50 minutes. After the shows everyone is invited to stay for a free half-hour workshop on how to make flying paper objects and shapes. Tickets cost R50 for the lot, and chips, sweets, water and fruit juices will be on sale at the theatre. Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

TRIBUTE TO DIRE STRAITS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

The Reals present their excellent Tribute to Dire Straits nightly until Sunday (July 23). Performances are nightly at 7pm, except Sunday, when the show starts at 2pm. The band features Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell, Jason Andrew and guest guitarist Shaun Dragt. Expect hits such as Brothers in Arms, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Private Investigations and Money for Nothing.Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of six (please note). To book, or for more details phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

THE VOICE
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

Dqnny Fisher .who was lead singer of The Blarney Bros for eight years, takes his popular solo show, The Voice, to The Rhumbelow Theatre’s Pietermaritzburg branch, at the Allan Wilson shellhole, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (July 23). Presented by Steyn Alive Production, the show highlights Fisher’s strong pop voice and some of his popular impersonations, which include Elivs Presley, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Meatloaf, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Bob Dylan, Benny Hill and even Nelson Mandela. Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of eight. To book, or for more details, phone Roland at 082 499 8636

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