Film & Stage Ratings (Mar29-Apr5)

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:  Ster-Kinekor, Nu Metro and Suncoast CineCentre display adverts for KwaZulu-Natal cinemas appear at the end of this post.
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Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren in The Leisure Seeker.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM MARCH 29

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF ****
Director: Benedict Andrews
Stars: Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell, Colm Meaney
Benedict Andrews’ Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams’s classic. Set on a steamy night in Mississippi, it centres on a Southern family that gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell.  Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs for three hours and 15 minutes with one interval. Screenings at Cinema Nouveau cinemas are at 7.30pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 7.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

THE LEISURE SEEKER ***
Director: Paolo Virzi
Stars: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay

The story of a runaway couple who go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.
WINCHESTER **
Director: Then Spierig Brothers
Stars: Helene Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey
Ensconced in her sprawling California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
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A scene from the animated film, Gnome Alone.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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.

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.

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.

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.  Screenings will be at Cinema Nouveaus countrywide and at Ster-Kinekor, Gateway, Umhlanga. Screenings are scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday  and 11.30am on Wednesday.

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

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

SUSTERS ***
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.

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.

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.

HICHKI **
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.

GRINGO **
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.

ACRIMONY **
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.

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.

 

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Jonathan  Roxmouth is performing hit songs from hit shows at Kloof’s Tina’s Hotel.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

AN EVENING WITH JONATHAN ROXMOUTH
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof)

South Africa’s king of stage musicals, the multi-award=winning Jonathan Roxmouth, performs songs from hit shows, fresh from youring as Che in Evita. He has also starred in such hits as West Side Stroy, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd and Grease. 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. Until Monday. (BS)

THE REALS: TRIBUTE TO DIRE STRAITS
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

The Reals band, with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt, present a single 8pm Sunday, April 1, performance of their acclaimed salute to the music and memories of Dire Straits, whose hits include Money for Nothing, Romeo and Juliet,, Walk of Life, Twisting By the Pool and Sultans of Swing. Tickets cost R135.  To book call (031) 161 0000. (BS)

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. Note: Final weekend. (BS)

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


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