Film & Stage ratings (Jan 12-18)

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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Rory Kinnear as Karl Marx and Oliver Chris as Friedrich Engels in Young Marx. Picture by Manuel Harlan.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JANUARY 12

YOUNG MARX ****
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris

Young Marx, which runs for 150 minutes, including a 20-minute interval, is scheduled for Cinema Nouveau cinemas (but at the commercial cinema complex at Gateway, Umhlanga) at 7.30pm this Saturday (January 13), 2.30pm on Sunday (January 14) and 7.30pm next Wednesday and Thursday (January 17 and 18). It stars Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Penny Dreadful, Othello), as Marx and Olivier Award-nominee Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) as Engels. The new comedy, written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, was recorded live at the new Bridge Theatre in London. The setting is 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, in London’s Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the 32-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

MOLLY’S GAME ***
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Chastain was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role.

THE COMMUTER ***
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

An action-drama about a businessman being caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

BRAD’S STATUS ***
Director: Mike White
Stars: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer

A comedy-drama in which a father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.

MUKKABAAZ ***
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: Rajesh Tailang, Shreedhar Dubey, Zoya Hussain

A drama centred on a lower-caste boxer struggles to make his mark on the boxing world.

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Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok, in which the mighty Thor, now imprisoned, finds himself in a gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ****
Director: Michael Gracey
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum, this eagerly anticipated film is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

COCO ****
Director: Lee Unkrich
Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin  Bratt

Nominated for two Golden Globe Awards (best animated film and best song, Remember Me), this film tells of a 12-year-old boy, Miguel Rivera, who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, where he seeks the help of his musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ****
Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill

Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE ***
Director: Jason Hall
Stars: Haley Bennet, Miles Teller, Joe Cole

A drama centred on a group of US soldiers who, returning from Iraq, struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

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.

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.

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.

PITCH PERFECT 3 ***
Director: Trish Sie
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow

Following their win at the world championship, the now-separated Bellas vocal team members reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

FERDINAND***
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Stars: John Cena, Kate McKonnon, Bobby Cannavale

An animated romp in which Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE ***
Director: Jake Kasdan
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they choose.

FATHER FIGURE **
Director: Lawrence Sher
Stars: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close

A comedy in which, upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road to try to find him.

THE NUT JOB: NUTTY BY NATURE **
Director: Cal Brunker
Stars: Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Cannavale

An animated film in which , following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

TIGER ZINDA HAI **
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Stars: Karrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Anupriya Goenka

A sequel to the record-breaking Ek Tha Tiger, this new film continues the story of two super-spies, Tiger and Zoya, eight years after their first adventures.

THE FOREIGNER **
Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Katie Leung, Jackie Chan., Rufus Jones

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.

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.

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.

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Kirsty van der Linde lets rip in Knowing Me, Knowing You at Sibaya Casino’s Rockwood Theatre.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

Durban’s new theatre presents a tribute to great partnerships of rock and pop, devised and directed by Durban performer Andrew Webster. This is a lively and colourful  tribute show that is certain to delight anyone who has been missing the old Barnyard shows. The two female vocalists, in particular (Liesl Coppin and Jemma Shankland), are confident and versatile, while saxophonist Kirsty van der Linde – a local Barnyard regular who has a solo spot in the show with The Beatles’ Come Together – is also a constant eye-puller. Until January 28. To book call (031) 161 0000. (BS)

DRACULA
(Club Altitude, Silver Road, Morningside, Durban)

Durban’s 21st naughty panto has all you’d expect – ditzy dames, double entendres, jokes both corny and blue, sarcasm, send-ups, random song outbursts, and nudge-winks at politicians and Steve Hofmeyr, among others. Durban drag darling Anthony Stonier stars as the enigmatic count on a raised stage dominated by a penis-shaped archway. His co-stars include the amusing, scene-stealing, energetic, larger-than-life Jaziel Vaugh’hann, as saucy and flamboyant Juicy Lucy, chaperone to the dim-witted Mina, played by a bubbly Kerry-Lee McKibbin. The two find their lives changing by crossing paths with not only Dracula and the nerdy Jonathan, played by lanky and comical Mpilo Nzimande, but also two characters played by Thomie, for whom Dracula marks his 10th naughty panto appearance. Extended to January 20.  (BS)

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


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