Film & Stage Ratings (Aug 25-31)

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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Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in Maudie.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT  IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM AUGUST 25

RENOIR: REVEALED AND REVILED ***
A documentary as part of season three of the popular Exhibition on Screen series.  A film about Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world’s favourites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This film – based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia – examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today. This production releases at Nouveau cinemas on Saturday, August 26, for limited screenings.  The running time is 100 minutes

MAUDIE ***
Director: Aisling Walsh
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari, Matchett

A drama centred on an arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

2:22 **
Director: Paul Currie
Stars: Teresa Palmer, Micheiel Huisman, Sam Reid

A thriller in which a man’s life is derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22pm.

A GENTLEMAN **
Director: Krishna D K, Raj Nidimoru
Stars: Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunil Shetty, Sidharth Malhotra

A comedy-drama about a man called Gaurav, who  is on a mission to settle down. He is in the process of trying to charm Kavya into creating life with him and getting married. However, Kavya dreads the thought of taking the plunge.

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A scene from Girls Trip, directed by Malcolm D Lee.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Members of the band performing a Pink Floyd supper show tribute at Durban’s Norwegian Hall this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS 

WISH YOU WERE HERE; A PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE
(Norwegian Hall, 214 St Thomas Road, Berea , Durban)

Pink Floyd fans are in for a treat if they pop along to Durban’s Norwegian Hall, 214 St Thomas Road, this weekend – Wish You Were Here: A Pink Floyd Tribute is being presented as supper theatre by a group of local musicians. Performances are scheduled for 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday (August 25 and 26), and the show will then be staged at the Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg, on September 1. Admission is R150 and booking is by phoning 081 755 9479  or 076 536 9658. Durban band Templar Funk is building a reputation for audacity. Nonetheless, in this case they’re calling in some distinguished friends to lend a hand. Templar Funk is a three-piece rock band, consisting of bassist Neil Ford and singer-guitarists Steven Squier and Ross Tapson. They form the core of the lineup that will be doing the show, their guests including Dulcie Erasmus on keyboards/vocals, Grant Halliday on drums and Martin Sigamoney on saxophone. The show will explore aspects of the Pink Floyd repertoire that haven’t been extensively covered, even by Pink Floyd themselves, so fans can expect to hear well-loved classics that they may never have heard performed live before, says Ross. Tracks from the albums Wish You Were Here and Momentary Lapse of Reason are among highlights of the evening. (BS)

WOODSTOCK
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo)

The Reals band and guest vocalist Marion Loudon return with a revival of their hit show commemorating the 48th anniversary of the “three days of peace and music” celebration, ‘at which 32 acts performed to an audience of 400 000 young people. It took place from August 15 to 18, 1969, on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the New York town of Bethel. Tickets cost R150 each and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. The Reals features Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals), Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals, and Jason Andrew on bass and vocals. NOTE: See my interview with Dawn Selby of The Reals  under MUSIC. (BS)

OUR WAY
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

Durban vocal trio The Gee Jays – Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell – will perform Our Way at the Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (August 27) . The team, which plans to bring the same show to Durban early in September, has been performing together for 32 years.  Our Way is a sentimental journey that includes hits associated with Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Bill Haley and the Comets, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Simon and Gadfunkel, Robbie Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Louis Armstrong, Frank Ifield and others. Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

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