Film & Stage Ratings (Oct 6-12)

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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Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049, also featuring Harrison Ford.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT  IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM OCTOBER 6

BLADE RUNNER 2049 ***
Director: Dennis Villeneuve
Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

A sci-fi spectacle in which a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who has been missing for 30 years.

GOOD TIME ***
Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh

A thriller centred on a heist going awry, and a bank robber trying to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.

MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE **
Director: Jayson Thiessen
Stars: Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber

A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria. There they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home. An animated film.

WISH UPON **
Director: John R Leonetti
Stars: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee

A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in The Big Sick.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

An action-thriller centred on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.

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.

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

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

TIE A KNOT IN IT (VEGAS, BABY)
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

Durban’s Rowan Bartlett, Darren King and Bryan Hiles team up for an informal, fun show saluting the men and women who have plaued Begas. Laced with amusing remarks, this show features hits by Robbie Williams, Cher, Frank Sinatra and others. Performances are scheduled for 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 6 and 7), and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday ((October 8). Tickets cost R150 each. Book by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

CAT SIMONI: A TRIBUTE TO FRANCOISE HARDY
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

SINGER and pianist Cat Simoni pays tribute to the music and memories of French pop star from the 1960s, Francoise Hardy. At 2pm and 6/30pm on Sunday (October 8). Ex[ect sogns such as Only You Can Do It, Only Friends and All Over the World. 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.


2 thoughts on “Film & Stage Ratings (Oct 6-12)

  1. Thank you so much for your review Billy. Greatly appreciated. Could you not give us the NuMetro schedule as well as SterKinekor?
    I live in Ballito where we only have NeWMetro.

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