Film & Stage Ratings (Aug 18-24)

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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Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde, also starring James McAvoy.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT  IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM AUGUST 18

ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES (PART 1) ****
Director: Marianne Elliot
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Natahan Lane, James McArdle

This drama  releases on Saturday, August 19, for four screenings only: on August 19, 23 and 24 at 7.30pm and on August 20 at 2.30pm. Angels in America: Perestroika (Part 2) releases on Saturday, September 2,  also for four screenings only – at 7.30pm on September 2, 6 and 7, and 2.30pm on September 3. Both films will show at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban. The running time of Part 1 is three hours and 40 minutes, and Part 2 runs for four hours and 20 minutes, both including two, 15-minute intervals. One of the theatre highlights of the year in the UK, the first instalment of Angels in America also marks the 60th National Theatre Live broadcast to screens worldwide. The drama follows the lives of a group of New Yorkers as they grapple with life and death, love and sex, and heaven and hell, against the backdrop of the Aids crisis in Reagan’s America in the mid-1980s.

A FAMILY MAN **
Director: Mark Williams
Stars: Alison Brie, Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe

A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company – his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD **
Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Elodie Yung, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman

The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hitman who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

ATOMIC BLONDE ***
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Charlize Theron, James mcAvoy, John Goodman

A thriller about an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

DETROIT ***
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith

Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.

ANNABELLE: CREATION **

Director: David F Sandberg
Stars: Anthony Laplagia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto

A horror film set 12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, when a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. They  soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

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Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson in Viceroy’s House.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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.

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.

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.

GIRLS TRIP ***
Director: Malcom 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.

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.

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.

THE SON OF BIGFOOT ***
Director: Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen
Cast: Cinda Adams, Bob Barlen, Cal Brunker

An animated film in which a teenage boy journeys to find his missing father only to discover that he’s actually Bigfoot.

BELOW HER MOUTH **
Director: April Mullen
Stars: Erika Linder, Natalie Krill, Sebastian Pigott

A drama in which an unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever

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.

MY COUSIN RACHEL **
Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen

Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, this is the tale of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

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Rowan Bartlett, Darren King and Bryan Hiles in Tie a Knot in It (Vegas Baby!).

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS 

SCORCHED
(Playhouse Drama, Durban)

Scorched took three Naledi Theatre Awards this year: Best Director of a Play (Jade Bowers), Best Lead Performance in a Play: Female (Ilse Klink) and Best Supporting Actress (Ameera Patel). Bowers is the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre. It is an epic yet intimate family drama by Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. The play follows twins Janine and Simon Marwan on a riveting journey to the heart of their mother’s war-torn Middle-Eastern homeland, in pursuit of their tangled roots and a long-lost sibling. In this land, where civil war, massacre and revenge constitute a way of life, the twins uncover shocking secrets about their mother’s history, about themselves and their origins. Public performances are at 7.30pm on Friday,  August 18, and 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets (R80) can be booked at Computicket. (BS)

TIE A KNOT IN IT (VEGAS BABY!)
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Kloof)

Rowan Bartlett, Darren King and Bryan Hiles team in this supper show. It’s a light-hearted salute to stars who played Las Vegas – among them Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, Bette Midler, Elvis Presley and The Rat Pack. It will be seen at the Hilton Arts Festival in September – but, before that, will be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Saturday, August 19, and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, August 20. Tickets cost R150 each. To book, or for more information, phone Roland Stansell  at 082 499 8636. (BS)

ELVIS AND ME: THE PRISCILLA STORY
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo)

Doug Weich, a popular Durban-based Elvis Presley tribute artist, backed by an eight-member band, performs at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (August 18 and 19) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (August 20). The production will then be staged at the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, September 10. The show, seen through Priscilla’s eyes, tells the story of the relationship between her and Elvis – from when they first met until the star died 40 years ago, on August 16, 1977. The band features Wade Wight on keyboards and backing vocals, Evan Cullum on piano and backing vocals, Glen Turrell on bass, Andy Turrell on drums, David Knott on lead guitar and Kirsty Madgin on sax. Claire Rowlett and Sandi  Da Cunha are on female vocals (representing Priscilla Presley).Tickets cost R150 each and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.
NOTE: See my interview with Elvis tribute artist Doug Weich on this site – under MUSIC. (BS)

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One thought on “Film & Stage Ratings (Aug 18-24)

  1. Hey Bill is it just me or are the movies on the circuit at the moment just crap! I just don’t seem to be able to come up with one movie this year that has been stand out. 🤔

    On Thu, 17 Aug 2017 at 8:29 PM …..SoSuterBill….. wrote:

    > sosuterbill posted: “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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