Film & Stage Ratings (Jan 26-Feb 1)

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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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s The Post.

FILMS NEW ON  CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JANUARY 26

THE POST ***
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks,

A drama about a cover-up that spanned four US Presidents, and which pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

PADMAAVAT ***
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Stars: Deepika Padukone, Anupriya Goenka, Ranveer Singh

Set in medieval Rajasthan, this Indian drama sees Queen Padmavatimarried to a noble king. They live in a prosperous fortress with their subjects until an ambitious Sultan hears of Padmavati’s beauty and forms an obsessive love for the Queen of Mewar.

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE **
Director: Wes Ball
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario

A sci-fi fantasy in which young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the Flare.

MONSTER FAMILY **
Director: Holger Tappe
Stars: Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost

An animated film in which the Wishbone family are far from happy. In an attempt to reconnect as a family, Mum and Emma plan a fun night out. However, her plan backfires when an evil witch curses them, and they’re all turned into monsters.

PROUD MARY **
Director: Babak Najafi
Stars: Taraji P Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Wonston

Mary, a hit woman working for an organised crime family in Boston, finds her life  completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

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Vera Farmiga and Liam Neeson in The Commuter.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

THE SHAPE OF WATER *****
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Sally 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

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!

COCO ****
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BREATHE ***
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.

FATHER FIGURES **
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.

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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)

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


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