Film & Stage Ratings (Nov 24-30)

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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Nicholas Hoult in Rebel in the Rye, also starring Kevin Spacey.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM NOVEMBER 24

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS ***
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp

Remake of the 1974 Agatha Christie whodunit about a murder on a train where detective Hercule Poirot, who is a passenger, is recruited to solve the case.

REBEL IN THE RYE ***
Director: Danny Strong
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Lucy Boynton, Zoey Deutch

Drama about the life of celebrated but reclusive author, J D Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

STRIKE A ROCK ***
Director: Aliki Saragas
Producers: Aliki Saragas, Liani Maasdorp, Anita Khanna

After a massacre shakes the foundations of their poverty-stricken mining community, Marikana, two grandmothers rise up out of their homes and lead their community in a historic fight against seemingly insurmountable odds for justice and dignity. In an intimate story where the personal becomes political through fighting on-the-ground to the corridors of power, how will these women take on Goliath enemies and make their voices heard?

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: DAVID HOCKNEY AND THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS ***
Director: Phil Grabsky
Stars: David Hockey

Presented by Tim Marlow, this documentary offers a behind-scenes look at artist Hockney’s recent blockbuster Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions: 2012’s A Bigger Picture and 2016’s 82 Portraits and One Still Life. Screened as part of Hockney’s ongoing 80th birthday celebrations, the film includes new interviews with the artist himself, alongside contributions from art critics Martin Gayford and Jonathan Jones, and Edith Devaney (Senior Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts) who twice sat for Hockney to paint.

DADDY’S HOME 2 ***
Director: Sean Anders
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson

Having finally got used to each other’s existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays, in this comedy sequel.

COCO AND OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE **
Director: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers
Stars: Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell

A Christmas-themed special featuring characters from Walt Disney Pictures’ 53rd full-length animated motion picture, the 2013 hit, Frozen, the most successful animated film in history.

POTATO PHOTATO **
Director: Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Stars: O C Ukele, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva

A comedy about a divorced couple wh srruggle when they agree to share equal space at their home.

VUIL WASGOED **
Director: Morne du Toit
Stars: Bennie Fourie, Bouwer Bosch, Nico Panagio

An Afrikaans comedy about Wim and Kevin, who work at a laundromat. By day, things are boring, but when the sun sets they party in their clients’ clothes. During a party, they discover a chopped-off finger in a client’s suit’s jacket. The underhanded owner of the finger, his sons and a ruthless traitor is hot on Wim and Kevin’s heels and have no regard for their safety.

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A scene from The Star, an animated film in which a small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Steve Harvey of The Staccatos performs in Durban this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

BADFINGER TO BAD COMPANY
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shelhhole, Pietermaritzburg)

ALWAYS in search of fresh ideas for their showband tributes, versatile Durban band The Reals have decided to feature the music of two groups whose names begin with the letter B for their latest show. The show will first be staged at 2pm on Sunday, November 26, at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Pietermaritzburg branch at the Allan Wilson shellhole. It then will be seen at the Durban Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo – every Friday to Sunday throughout December, until December 17. Performances will be at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. The show’s first half will intertwine the connection between Badfinger and Apple Records, a record label owned by The Beatles. They were supposed to be the next Beatles but a series of tragedies, mismanagement and “rock and roll rip-offs” left Badfinger little more than a sad footnote in musical history. The show also features Apple-affiliated artists, including The Beatles. Tickets cost R150. Booking is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.(BS)

STEVE ASHLEY: TIMELESS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

Steve Ashley, former frontman of local band The Staccatos, will perform at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November  24 and 25) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (November 26). The show, titled Timeless, covers his from the 1960s to the 1980s, including songs associated with The Staccatos (remember Cry to Me?), Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, CCR, Journey, Prince, Tom Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Engelbert Humperdinck, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, The Archies and Michael Bolton. Tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

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


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