Film & stage Ratings (Nov 17-23)

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, Nu Metro and Suncoast CineCentre display adverts for KwaZulu-Natal cinemas are at end of this post.
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A scene from Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT  IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM NOVEMBER 17

DIE ZAUBERFLOTE ****
Director: Julie Taymor
Stars: Golda Shultz, Charles Castronovo, René Pape,

This magical Mozart opera, presented by Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, tells a story set in a mythical land where a prince must rescue a princess being held captive by a High Priest.  Met music director James Levine conducts Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor’s production (*she created The Lion King on stage).  Golda Schultz stars as Pamina, with Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night. Prince Tamino is played by Charles Castronovo. Screenings at Ster-Kinekor commercial cinema at Gateway, Umhlanga, are at 5pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 11.30am on Tuesday.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ****
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMAN ***
Director: Angela Robinson
Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote

The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.

TUMHARI SULU ***
Director: Suresh Triveni
Stars: Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia, Manay Kaul

Vidya Balan fills the role of a beautiful, enthusiastic and happy-go-lucky Mumbai housewife whose routine life changes when she unexpectedly lands herself with the job of a night jock on a leading radio station.

THE STAR **
Director: Timothy Reckart
Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant

An animated film in which a small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

THEERAN ADHIGAARAM ONDRU **
Director: H Vinoth
Stars: Karthiu, Rakul Preet Singh, Abhimanyu Singh

An Indian action-thriller centred on Theeran, a police officer, tries to decode a series of cold blood events based on same pattern.

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Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen in Wind River.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

GEOSTORM ***
Director: Dean Devlin
Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US ***
Director: Hany Anu-Assad
Stars: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges

A drama in which two strangers, stranded after a tragic plane crash, must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote, snow-covered mountain. When they realise help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.

JIGSAW ***
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Stars: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie

Yet another sequel to the Saw horror hit from 2004, this film has bodies turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for 10 years.

THOR: RAGNAROK ***
Director: Taika Waititi
Stars: Chris Hemsworth,Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

A big-budget fantasy spectacle in which the mighty Thor, now imprisoned, finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilisation.

WIND RIVER ****
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen. Kelsey Asbille, Julie Jones

A well-received drama about a veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service, who helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman. He uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.

ONLY THE BRAVE ***
Director: Jopseph Kosinski
Stars: James Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

ITTEFAQ ***
Director: Abhay Chopra
Stars: Sidharth Maihotra, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna

A mystery thriller centred on a detective who seeks out the truth between two different stories of a crime scene.

FLATLINERS **
Director: Niels Ardem Oplev
Stars:Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrey

Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience. This gives them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

THE JUNGLE BUNCH **
Director: David Alaux
Stars: Paul Borne, Phillipe Bozo, Pascal Casanova

An animated film in which Maurice may look like a penguin, but is a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he’s the clumsiest kung-fu master ever. Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before him. But Igor, an evil koala, wants to destroy the jungle once and for all, helped by his army of silly baboons.

TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN **
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tkler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Brock O’Hurn

A comedy in which matriarch Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted camp ground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the boogeyman are unleashed.

SECRET SUPERSTAR **
Director: Advait Chandan
Stars: Zaira Wasim, Meher Wij, Raj Arjun

This Indian film revolves around the life of a child who aspires to be a singer.

GOLMAAL AGAIN **
Director: Rohit Shetty
Stars: Ajay Devon, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor

The fourth installment of the Golmaal franchise.

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.

TULIP FEVER **
Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell

An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING **
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace

A desperate single mother moves with her three children into the notorious, supposedly haunted, real-life Amityville house to try and use its dark powers to cure her comatose son. Things go horribly wrong.

ALL SAINTS **
Director: Steve Gomer
Stars: Carla Buono, John Corvett, Barry Corbin

When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, the pastor of a failing Anglican church attempts to aid them by planting crops and enlisting the help of the community.

SUBURBICON **
Director: George Clooney
Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac

A drama in which a home invasion rattles a quiet family town.

MOTHER! *
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. Colleague Patrick Compton hated it, labelling it “not just a disaster, it may even be certifiable. A screechy, hysterical Freudian nightmare about an egocentric poet and his wife, it’s in every sense a horror show!”

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.

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Dave Monks performs Great British Pub Night at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo, Durban.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

A HANDFUL OF KEYS
(iZulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

The fun, witty, varied and award-winning A Handful of Keys, originally devised and performed 24 years ago by Ian von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel, now has another great line-up, some fresh costumes and new additions to a programme that remains a great treat –and a perfect showcase for the acting, piano and vocal skills of its stars. Rated as South Africa`s most successful musical revue ever, A Handful of Keys first drew rapturous applause in 1994, and more than 420 000 people have seen it since, in some 1 450 performances over the years. Roelof Colyn, who has performed in this hit show before, alongside Von Memerty, is now teamed with an exciting newcomer in tall, curly-topped, 19-year-old James Smith, who has a comfort on stage and chutzpah that belie his age. Remember his name. Until November 19. (BS)

A TRIBUTE TO MIRIAM MAKEBA
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Kloof)

Popular singer Thulile Zama of Durban heads the cast of A Tribute to Mama Africa, to be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 17 and 18) and 2pm on Sunday (November 19) at the Kloof branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road. Featuring David Smith on piano, Sbusiso Mkhonza on bass and Rebekah Pillayon drums, the show is a salute to the music and memories of Miriam Makeba. It features such hits as The Click Song, Pata-Pata and Promise. Seating at the venue is at tables of six. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and FHSSC Members). Booking is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.(BS)

GREAT BRITISH PUB NIGHT
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

Irish singer and musician Dave Monks presents the fun Great British Pub Night show at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pmon Friday and Saturday (November 17 and 18) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (November 19). Also scheduled for 2pm and 6.30pm on December 17 at the Pietermaritzburg Rhumbelow Theatre, a the Allan Wilson shellhole, the show is said to offer some 50 snippets of the most popular singalong and clap-along songs on the planet. Expect evergreen hits like Roll Out the Barrel, She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain, Happy Days Are Here Again, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Show Me the Way to Go Home and also hits associated with Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Roger Whittaker, Smokie and The Beatles. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners). Booking is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

Below are this week’s ads for KwaZulu-Natal from Ster-Kinekor, Nu Metro and Suncoast CineCentre.

 

 


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