Film & Stage Ratings (Dec 1-7)

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 the Bolshoi Ballet’s Le Corsaire.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM DECEMBER 1

WONDER ****
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic

Based on the New York Times bestseller, this drama tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences, who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

PADDINGTON BEAR 2 ***
Director: Paul King
Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville

Paddington the bear, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS **
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Stars: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn

A comedy in which, as their own mothers drop in unexpectedly, three under-appreciated and ever-burdened moms, rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for mothers: Christmas.

SHE IS KING ***
Director: Gersh Kgamedi
Stars: Ifani,. Anga Jamela, Mbuso Kgarebe

A musical in which a talented young woman from a rural village travels to Johannesburg, to become a star. She lands a role in a musical play about Zulu Queen Mkabayi, Shaka’s aunt, and searches for her identity as a Pperformer, a Zulu, a woman and a daughter.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES **
Director:  Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Stars:

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World No 1 Billie Jean King and former champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

OVERDRIVE **
Director: Antonio Negret
Stars: Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas

Two car thief brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities, wind up in the cross hairs of the local crime boss.

LE CORSAIRE ***
ChoreographyAlexei Ratmansky after Marius Petipa
Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet presents this lavish ballet in three acts, with a libretto based on the poem The Corsair by Lord Byron. Amidst a bustling market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lanquedem decides to sell her to the Pasha. It runs for three hours and 35 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes.

 

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A scene from Coco and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, featuring the voices of Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Not as good as the 1974 film, this laboured remake of the Agatha Christie whodunit tells of a murder on a train where detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh with an impressive moustache), who is a passenger, is recruited to solve the case.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The Reals pay tribute to Badfinger and Bad Company in Durban this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

BADFINGER TO BAD COMPANY
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

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 be seen 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)

CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Kloof)

Durban group The Black Lapels with a tribute to the birth of the Los Angeles music scene, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (December 1 and 2) and 2pm on Sunday (December 3). The show teams singer-guitarist Rob Warren, bassist and singer Garth Warren, drummer Gareth Gale and guest guitarist Rusty Red. Expect to hear music associated with  The Band, The Eagles, Neil Young, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Creedence, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and others. These artists and their music defined an era. Set the tone, so to speak for a generation of hippies, beatniks, bohemians, artists, poets, protesters, lovers of excess and freedom to live and love by. Ultimately the mainstream found them too. So that’s pretty much all of us. Seating is at tables of six, and tickets cost R150 each. Phone Roland at 082 499 8636 to book. (BS)

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


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