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Film ratings are by Billy Suter or from Internet Movie Data Base. Theatre ratings are by Billy Suter.
Note: Ster-Kinekor, Nu Metro and Suncoast CineCentre display adverts for KwaZulu-Natal cinemas appear at the end of this post.
FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM MARCH 23
LA BOHEME ***
Director: Matthew Diamond
Stars: Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Susanna Phillips
The film of the Met Opera production of the Puccini opera, staged by Franco Zefferelli. It has Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, with Susanna Phillips as Musetta and Lucas Meachem as Marcello. The performance was conducted by Marco Armiliato The live transmission is hosted by Kelli O’Hara. La Bohème is the sixth of 10 live transmissions to be shown this season. Screenogns will be at Cinema Nouveaus countrywide and at Ster-Kinekor, Gateway, Umhlanga. Screenings are scheduled for 5pm Saturday, 2.30pm Sunday and 11.30am Tuesday.
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL ***
Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Jamie Bell, Stephen Graham, Annette Bening
Nominated for three Bafta Awards, this film is about a romance sparked between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.
READY PLAYER ONE ***
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olvia Cooke, BenMendelsohn
Director: Corne van Rooyen
Stars: Diaan Lawrenson, Quanita Adams, Annelisa Weiland
A South African film about three estranged sisters and how they sustain each other after the death of their mother. It’s the first Afrikaans film in the ‘chick flick’ genre.
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST ***
Director: Andrew Hyatt
Stars:James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Andre Agius
The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle.
PETER RABBIT ***
Director: Will Gluck
Stars: James Corden Fayssal Bazzi, Domnhall Gleeson
Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden,
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING **
Director: Steven S DeKnight
Stars: John Boyega, scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny
A sci-fi adventure centred on Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacer Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
Director: Siddharth Malhotra
Stars: Ranu Makherji, Supriva Pilgaonkar, Ivan Rodrigues
A film described as a positive and inspiring story about a woman who turns her biggest weakness into her biggest strength.
Director: Nash Edgerton
Stars: Joel Edgerton. Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo
A dark action comedy about the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.
Director: Brandon E Brooks
Stars:Suzi Lorraine, Adam C Edwards, Michal J Panichelli Jnr
Thirteen years ago, a young girl drowned due to adult neglect, in present day, this little girl’s memory will spark a plot of retribution that will leave each person involved quite unwell.
FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS
THE SHAPE OF WATER ****
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
This year’s winner of Oscars for best picture, director, art direction and score. Showing locally only at Shelly Beach cinema complex, it is a beautifully told fantasy set in a secret research facility in the 1960s, where a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. (BS)
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ****
Director: Michael Gracey
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams
Still going strong in Durban after having opened in mid-December, this original musical is inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum. It 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 treat!
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI ****
Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson
A hard-hitting, superbly acted drama that is cleaning up at the awards ceremonies. The Oscar-winning drama tells of a no-nonsense mother who personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
BLACK PANTHER ***
Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Chadwick Biseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
An action-adventure in which T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
GNOME ALONE ***
Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Stars: Becky G, Josh Peck, Tara Strong
When Chloe discovers her new home’s garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the Troggs. An animated movie.
RED SPARROW ***
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
A thriller in which ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’, a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission: targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
GAME NIGHT ***
Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
A crime-comedy in which a group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.
GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN ***
Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Domnhall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald
A behind-scenes look at the life of author A A Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son.
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukta, Ileana D’Cruz
This Indian film, nased on truth, tells of a Amay Patnaik, a fearless income tax officer, who carries out a non-stop raid at the mansion of Tauji, the most powerful man in Lucknow.
TOMB RAIDER ***
Director: Roar Uthaug
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West. Walton Goggins
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.
MEERKAT MAANTUIG **
Director: Hanneke Schutte
Stars: Anchen du Plessis, Rika Sennett, Pierre van Pletzen
An Afrikaans film about Gideonette, a timid and visionary girl, who lives with her parents in a small town. Her dad, Gideon, battles daily to allay her fears about the curse of the Gideon de La Reys. Throughout their family history every Gideon de La Rey died in a freak accident at a young age. When he suddenly dies, Gideonette’s worst fears are realised and she retreats into a dark world where her imagination runs wild.
Director: Sergio G Sanchez
Stars: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton
A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live
CATCHING FEELINGS ***
Director: Kagiso Lediga
Stars: Kagiso Lediga, Pearl Thusi, Andrew Buckland
This dark South African romantic comedy follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife, as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.
DEATH WISH **
Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Bruce Wilklis, Vincetn D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue
Dr Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives. After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice.
FIFTY SHADES FREED **
Director: James Foley
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Arielle Kebbel
Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana share a life of luxury. However, as she steps into her new role as Mrs Grey, he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability… and new threats could jeopardise their happy ending before it even begins.
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.
TAD THE LOST EXPLORER: SECRET OF KING MIDAS **
Director: David Alonso and Enrique Gayo
Stars: Oscar Barberan, Michelle Jenner
An animated movie centred on Tad Jones, the most awkward explorer, who must rescue his beloved Sara from a millionaire who is looking for King Midas’ necklace.
NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS
THE REALS: POETRY IN MUSIC
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof)
The Reals band, with guest guitarist-singer Colin Peddie and vocalist Samantha Landers, present Poetry in Music until from March 25. Featuring musical direction by Dawn Selby, the show features poetic music associated with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, The Eagles, Indigo Girls, Mumford and Sons, Leonard Cohen and others. Tickets cost R150 each. Seating is tables of six and tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. (BS)
THE BLARNEY BROTHERS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wislon Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)
Damien and Paul McIlroy, and Tony Fisher, present a miz of sing-alongs, popular old hits and fun songs in this pub-styled entertainment, which they have been providing for four decades. Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.
A BEAUTIFUL NOISE
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)
Durban singers Marion Loudon and Andrew Webster are among the cast of this new show, which also features guitarist John Ellis (of Tree63), Andy Turrell on pedal-steel and second guitar, Anita Roscoe on violin, Dylan van der Linde on drums, Llewelyn Chetty on bass and the only musician not from Durban, Lifa Arosi, on keyboards. A tribute to iconic country, folk and acoustic rock artists, A Beautiful Noise will run until April 1. Expect songs associated with Ed Sheeran, Adele, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Rodriguez, Dolly Parton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mumford and Sons, Shania Twain and others. To book call (031) 161 0000. (BS)
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