Film & stage Ratings (Sept 29-Oct 5)

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in Victoria and Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears,

 

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:  The Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro  display ads for KwaZulu-Natal cinemas are at end of this post.
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FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT  IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM SEPTEMBER 29

VICTORIA AND ABDUL ***
Director: Stephe Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Piggott-Smith

A drama in which Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

THE BIG SICK ***
Director: Michael Showalter
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani. Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations and his true feelings.

KINGSMEN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE **
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Taron Egerton, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Strong

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsmen’s  journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US. These two elite secret organisations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

POP, LOCK AND ROLL **
Director: Ziggy Hofmeyr
Stars: Dimiri Bajlanis, Eric Uys, LionelNewton

A South africna movie in which Raps, an ambitious street style, hip hop dancer from a poor neighbourhood, believes money is everything. He gets a lucky break and rises as a professional entertainer, but when he falls in love with the beautiful Brazilian wife of the gangster-come-producer who’s making his career, he’ll have to risk career and life to find true happiness.

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE **
Directors: Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher
Stars: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen

Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.

JUDWAA 2 **
Director: David Dhawan
Stars: Salman Jhan, Anupam Kher, Jacqueline Fernandez

A comedy-drama in which Prem and Raja are twin brothers who are separated at birth but are uniquely connected to each other via their reflexes. They reunite as adults and set out to take down the underground smuggling world.

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Hi-5 (James Corden) and Gene (T.J.Miller) in the animated The Emoji Movie.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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.

AMERICAN MADE ***
Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson

The story of a pilot landing work for the CIA and as a drug-runner in the South during the 1980s.

HOME AGAIN ***
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff

A romantic comedy in which life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.

LOGAN LUCKY ***
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Channing Tatum,  Adam Driver, Daniel Craig

A film about two brothers attempting  to pull off a heist during a Nascar  race in North Carolina.

IT ***
Director: Andy Muschietti
Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Liberher, Finn Wolfhard.

Originally a 1990 TV mini-series, based on the book by master of themcabare Stephe Ling, this remake A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

STRONGER ***
Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Miranda Richardson, Tatiana Maslany

The inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

AMERICAN ASSASSIN **
Director: Michael Cuesta
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Michal Keaton, Sanaa Lathan

An action-thriller centred on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.

ARMED RESPONSE*
Director: John Stockwell
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dav Annable

A horror-thriller centred on a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew then begins to experience strange and horrific things.

THE EMOJI MOVIE *
Director: Tony Leondis
Stars: TJ Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden

A poorly received animated film in which Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

THE DARK TOWER **
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey,  Tom Taylor

An action-fantasy in which the last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

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.

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.

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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NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

A TRIBUTE TO JIM CROCE
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

Rob Warren, lead singer and guitarist with the excellent The Black Lapels band, pays tribute to the music of Jim Croce whose hits include Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, Time in a Bottle, I Got a Name and Operator. Surprise guests will join Rob in this fine show. Performances are scheduled for 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (September 23 and 24). Tickets cost R150 each. Book by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

THE WAY WE WERE: MOVIE MUSIC MEMORIES
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel. Beryldene Road, Kloof)

SINGER Anthony Stonier presents music from the movies at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s branch at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1. Stonier will sing songs such as Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Old Man River (Showboat), Witchcraft (The Joker is Wild), When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio), Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins) and Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).Other songs on the bill include As Time Goes By, The Glory of Love, Smile, All the Way and Singing in the Rain. Tickets cost R150. To book contact Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

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Below are this week’s adverts for KwaZulu-Natal from Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro

 


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