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Film ratings are by Billy Suter or from Internet Movie Data Base. Theatre ratings are by Billy Suter.
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FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JANUARY 19
THE SHAPE OF WATER ***
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: sSally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
This Golden Globe-winning fantasy-drama takes place at a top-secret research facility in the 1950s, where a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
INSIDIOUS:THE LAST KEY ***
Director: Adam Robitel
Stars: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Simpson
Parapsychologist Dr Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.
Director: Andy Serkis
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville
The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of actor Andy Serkis.
MEGAN LEAVEY **
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton
A drama based on the true story of a young US Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Stars: Zarine Khan, Katan Kundrra, Manjit Singh
An Indian thriller in which Ayush and Rose’s battle with extreme paranormal activities created by a ruthless and cursed spirit that would lead them to their ultimate redemption or downfall.
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. Sentimental but delightful. A must-see!
Director: Lee Unkrich
Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Winner of the Golden Globe Award for best animated film, this enchanting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS
DAVE MARKS: THE GREAT BRITISH PUB NIGHT
(Rhumbelow Theare, Tinas Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)
DURBAN’S Rhumbelow Theatre franchise kicks into action again this week with a performance by Irish-born Dave. HisThe Great British Pub Night is on at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (January 19 and 20) and 2pm on Sunday (January 21). The venue opens 90 minutes before the show and tickets cost R150 (call 082 499 8636 for bookings). The Great British Pub Night features more than 50 snippets of the most popular sing-a-long and clap-along songs on the planet. British old-time music hall is certainly covered in this show with evergreen hits such as Roll Out the Barrel, She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain, Happy Days Are Here Again, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and Show Me the Way to Go Home. Dave’s impressive repertoire of original arrangements of pop and party songs covers five decades of hits associated with the likes of Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Roger Whittaker, Smokie and The Beatles. (BS)
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)
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