Film & Stage Ratings (Apr 6-12)

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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Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson in Hampstead.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM APRIL 6

SEMIRAMIDE **
Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Stars:Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare New YorkMet appearance – its first in nearly 25 years – with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. Semiramide is
the culmination of the Italian phase of Rossini’s monumental yet unusual career. He had already produced such immortal comedies as Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L’Italiana in Algeri, but in the early 19th century he was celebrated above all else for his tragedies – none more so than Semiramide. For decades after its premiere, the opera swept through the music capitals of Europe and beyond, enthralling audiences with its urgent, transcendentally beautiful use of melody; undeniably exhilarating drama; and, most importantly, astonishing vocal displays. Cinema Nouveau screenings are scheduled for 5pm on April 7, 2.30pm on April 8 and 11.30am next Tuesday. It runs for three hours and 29 minutes, including an interval.

A QUIET PLACE ***
Director:  John Krasinski
Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

A thriller in which a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES ***
Director: Michael Matthews
Stars:Zethu Dlomo, Garth Breytenbach, Kenneth Fok

Lives change forever when Tau, the young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town.

HERE COMES THE GRUMP ***
Director: Andres Couturier
Stars: Lily Collins, Toby Kebbell, Ian McShane

An animated film  in which balloon kingdoms, dopey police dragons and happy wizards are exactly how Terry remembered his grandmother’s whacky fairy tales. Except they are real and it’s definitely not as ‘cheerful’

HAMPSTEAD **
Director:  Joel Hopkins
Stars: James Norton,.  Diane Keaton, Lesley Manville, Brendan Gleeson

An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath, when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

MIDNIGHT SUN **
Director:  Scott Speer
Stars: Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle

A 17-year-old girl suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight..
 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE **
Director: Jose Padilha
Stars: Rosamund PIke, Daniel Bruhl, Eddie Marsan
A drama inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.
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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.e.

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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Barry Thomson presents I Am, I Said at 2pm on Sunday, in Durban.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban)

 

The year’s first production from Durban’s award-winning KickstArt theatre company has Steven Stead directing an award-win

ning comedy about an amateur dramatics group for which anything that can do wrong, does, when they try to present a whodunnit. The ensemble cast incluues Bryan Hiles, Michael Gritten, Daisy Spencer and Adam Dore. (BS)

 

BARRY THOMSON; I AM, I SAID
(Rhumbelow Theatre, St Cyprian’s Church, Umbilo, Durban)

Barry Thomson, of The Reals band, goes solo this weekend for his I Am, I Said show, to be presented at 2pm on Sunday (April 8). The show is said to be an intimate tribute to a selection of popular artists that have bared their souls, through songs, for the world to see.  Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty are a few of the artists featured in the show. Tickets cost R150.  To book call Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

 

 

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


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