Film & Stage Ratings (Apr 13-19)

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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Dwayne Johnson and creatures in Rampage.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM APRIL 13

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RAMPAGE ***Director: Brad Peyton
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman

A grand adventure in which, when three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.

GISELLE ***
Director:
Stars: Svetlana Zakharova, Sergei Polunin

A foilm of the Bolshoie Ballet work. Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts. Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht. This chilling, yet luminous ballet continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi. When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death. The film runs for 140 minutes with a 15-minute interval. Screenings are at 7.45pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday, and 7.45pm on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

COLOSSAL ***
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Stars: Anne hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

EARLY MAN ***
Director: Nick Park
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams

An animated film set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. It tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy, Lord Nooth, and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

OCTOBER ***
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Stars: Varun Shawan, Banita Sandhu

Dan (Varun Dhawan) is a carefree, 21-year-old, intern. Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) is an intern at the same hotel, who at times is at the receiving end of Dan’s audaciousness. Life goes on until a sudden turn of events smashes Dan and Shiuli’s lives together.

A scene from Peter Rabbit, starring James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi and Domnhall Gleeson.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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 6pm on Tuesday and 11.30am on Wednesday. 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.
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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Dave Starker performs his excellent tribute to Leonard Cohen in Pietermaritzburg at 2pm on Sunday,

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 deftly directing an award-winning comedy about an amateur dramatics group for which anything that can do wrong, does, when they try to present a whodunnit. The ensemble cast includes Bryan Hiles, Michael Gritten, Daisy Spencer and Adam Dore. Excellent direction by Stead,  well acted, and people absolutely love it, but I personally find the play repetitive, increasingly corny and overstaying its welcome. (BS)

DAVE STARKE; A TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

Singer- guitarist Dave Starke pays fine tribute to Cohen, offering not only a well-researched history of the man, his poetry, music and achievements, but also insight into Cohen’s thought processes. We also get various anecdotes, much interesting sideline info on the great poet and songwriter, and a lot of unexpected, dry humour. It is an elegant and captivating show, impressively lit by Sarah Claxon. It has the cool and confident Starke doing a great job with hits such a So Long Marianne, Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy, Hallelujah and the moving The Treaty, as well as other hits and lesser-known material. Highly Recommended! Tickets cost R150 each. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 to book or for more information. (BS)

THAT 80S SHOW
(The Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

Andrew Webster has devised and directed this third party entertainment at Durban’s grand new supper theatre, which opened last November. Durban’s popular Barry and Calli Thomson are among a cast that pays tribute to ’80s hits by, among others, Tears For Fears, Def Leppard, Yazoo, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Madonna, INXS, UB40, Pat Benatar,  Queen. Mango Groove and many others. I could have done with less narration and corny chit-chat but a good band with some great song choices. (BS)

IN THE FLESH; WISH YOU WERE HERE – A PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE
(The Wave Park at Gateway, Umhlanga)

Gateway’s Wave House – now known as The Wave Park – is under new ownership with new ideas and concepts for the entertainment plan going forward. The new owners have engaged entertainment personality and one time owner of Ballito’s Pumpkin Theatre, Danny Fisher, to run and conceptualise the new programming for the Marquee venue that is now part of the Wave Park. Whilst there is certainly still the “ family entertainment side” with kids activity, night markets and the like, Fisher is doing what he knows best: live entertainmen. The large and comfortable marquee area, with tables and chairs, will offer regular live entertainment and the first, this Pink Floyd tribuite, was staged at 7pm on April 12, and willne staged agai att the time on Thursday, April 19. A six-member band called In the Flesh will present their popular Pink Floyd tribute show, Wish You Were Here, for which tickest cost R100 at WEBtickets. In the Flesh features Dulcie Erasmus on keyboards/vocals, Neil Ford on bass, Grant Halliday on  drums, Steven Squier on guitar/vocals, Ross Tapson pn guitar/vocals and Martin Sigamoney on sax. The show, which will open at 7pm with a support act still to be named, has already been staged to success in Durban, Richards Bay, Ramsgate and Pietermaritzburg. Plans are in progress for it to soon be staged in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. If you require any more info, phone Mark at (081) 75 9479. (BS)

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


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