Film & Show Ratings (Aug 4-10)

A scene from Girls Trip, a new comedy on the cinema circuit this weekend

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 AUGUST 4

BRITISH MUSEUM PRESENTS: HOKUSAI ***

Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, Hokusai focuses on the work, life and times of Katsushika Hokusai, painter and printmaker of the Edo (Modern Tokyo) period. Hokusai is regarded as Japan’s greatest artist, who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists. The film uses spectacular close-ups and expert insights to show his wide-ranging influence and legacy. Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history. This production will be at Nouveau cinemas (and Ster-Kinekor Gateway) at 7.30pm on Saturday, 2.30pm Sunday and 7.30pm next Wednesday and Thursday.

BRIMSTONE ***
Director: Martin Koolhoven
Stars: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington

An epic thriller which experienced some early production hell (see feature story under ‘Cinema’ on this site). It is a suspenseful tale of guilt and retribution unfolding in the late 19th century in the American West, focusing on a new reverend who poses danger for a young woman and her family.

GIRLS TRIP ***
Director: Malcolm D Lee
Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith

A comedy about four lifelong friends whotravel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there is enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

BABY DRIVER ***
Director: Edgar Wright 
Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm

An action-drama about a young getaway driver who, after being coerced into working for a crime boss, finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

JAB HARRY MET DEJAL ***
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Stars: Paras Arora, Diljit Dosanjh, Samantha Elizondo

A romantic comedy centred on Harry and Sejal’s journey across Europe. A search for Sejal’s engagement ring makes Harry understand love and relationships better. Sejal experiences new found freedom, security and solace in Harry’s company.

KROTOA ***
Director: Roberta Durrant
Stars: armand aucamp, Jacques Bessenger, Roeline Daneel

A South African film about a feisty, bright, 11-year-old girl who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck, her uncle’s trading partner. She is brought into the first fort established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. There she grows into a visionary young woman who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for Van Riebeeck who became the first Governor of the Cape Colony.

SNATCHED **
Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer, Kim Caramele

When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic holiday, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results. This film opens on the public holiday, Wednesday, (August 9).

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A scene from the animated success, Cars 3.

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.

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.

VICEROY’S HOUSE ***
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambo, Hugh Bonneville

A drama in which the final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

VAN DER MERWE **
Director: Bruce Lawley
Stars: Greg Kriek, Rob van Vuuren, Lizette van der Merwe

A South African comedy in which Van der Merwe, a bumbling farmer from a traditional farming family, struggles to keep his family together when his daughter returns from England with her British fiancé and family.

DUNKIRK ****
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars:  Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Mark Rylance

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

NINA ***
Director: Cynthia Mort
Stars: Zo Saldana, David Oyelowo, Kevin Mambo

The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

MUBARAKAN **
Director: Anees Bazmee
Stars
: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz

A comedy about Karan and Charan, identical twin brothers whose personalities are polar opposite, and who become involved in an arranged marriage switch.

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.

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.

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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Durban band The Jazz Minkeys present a new show in Kloof this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS 

THE CHAIN – FLEETWOOD MAC
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Final night on August 4 for this excellent  entertainment from Durban band The Reals – with special guests vocalist Marion Loudon and guest guitarist Colin Peddie. Expect all the hits in a tight and hugely rewarding show. 8pm nightly until July 30 and again at 8pm nightly from next Wednesday to Friday (August 2 to 4).The band – with Durban favourites Dawn Selby on the keyboards, Barry Thomson on the guitar, Jason Andrew on the bass and Mali Sewell on drums – covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac. Expect to hear all your favourites – Little Lies, I Wonder, Say That You Love Me, Everywhere, Landslide, Dreams and then some. Seating is at tables of six and tickets cost R150. Call Roland at 082 449 8636 to book. (BS)

CROSSROADS – ERIC CLAPTON AND FRIENDS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo)

Singer-guitarist Rusty Red, singer-bassist Skippy Kubeka and drummer Chris Milling excel in this fine tribute to Eric Clapton, the artists who influenced him, and the musicians influenced by Clapton. Songs by Stevie Ray Vaughn, J J Cale, Muddy Waters and John Mayer are included in the lineup. Full review under ‘Music’ on this site. Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday. Seating is at tables of eight and tickets cost R150. Call Roland at 082 449 8636 to book. (BS)

A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS – THE STORY OF EGYPTIAN ELLA
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Daniel Sheldon and his colourful eight-member Durban band The Jazz Minkeys perform this novel show at 8pm this Saturday (August 5) and 2pm on Sunday (August 6). It  offers music tinged with surprises and great 1920s-style jazz, and has guest Anthony Stonier as narrator, telling of a dancing girl living the high life in the speakeasies and ‘sporting houses’ of New Orleans. However, when life gets too good she begins to put on weight, losing her regular appeal. Join Stonier and an ace band as they follow the enchanting Ella musically in a journey of self-discovery which takes her across the ocean to the banks of the River Nile, and then on to the place where she rightly belongs. Expect a great story and some well-crafted musical arrangements presented by some of Durban finest musicians – Neil Gonsalves on piano, Demi Fernandez on guitar, Tom Hare on sax, Ildo Nandja on bass, Nosihe Zulu on vocals, Zoe Masuku on vocals, Riley Giandhari on drums and Daniel Sheldon on trumpet. The show includes some great songs from the old New Orleans tradition, like At the Jazz Band Ball and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, with a few surprises like Deliah’s Gone and In a Persian Market. Seating at the venue is at tables of six. Tickets cost R150. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 to book and for any further information. (BS)

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