Film & Stage Ratings (May 25-31)

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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Cheebacca and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in a scene from Solo: A Star Wars Story,.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM MAY 25

FINDING YOUR FEET ***
Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall
On the eve of retirement, a middle9class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend, and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ***
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke
During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

CENDRILLON ***
Conductor: Bertrand de Bil
Stars: Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Kathleen Kim
Massenet’s sumptuous opera take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production. In French with English subtitles. Screenings are at 2.30pm on Saturdaa and Sunday, and 11.30am next Tuesday.

PLEASE STAND BY  ***
Director: Ben Lewin
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, Alice EveA young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition.

PARAMANU: THE STORY OF POKHRAN **
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Stars: John Abraham, Boman Irani, Diana Penty
A look at India’s first confidential nuclear test series at Pokhran, lead by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, during the time of PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure.

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Oprah Winfrey in A Wrinkle in Time.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

DEADPOOL 2 ****
Director: David Leitch

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.

JOURNEY’S END ***
Director: Saul Dibb
Stars: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, this drama tells the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR ***
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Stars: Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland
This film has The Avengers and their allies having to be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

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.

MADAME ***
Director: Amanda Sthers
Stars: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel,  Rossy de Palma

Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are 13 guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noble woman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.

BLOCKERS ***
Director: Kay Cannon
Stars: Kathryn Newton, Leslie Mann, Gideon Adlon
A comedy in which three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

TRAFFIK ***
Director: Deon Taylor
Stars: Dawn Oliviera, Paula Patton, Luke Goss
A thriller in which a couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

BEIRUT ***
Director: Brad Anderson
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm, Mark Pellegrino
Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

TULLY ***
Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass
A comedy-drama in which a mother of three hires a night nanny to help with her newborn.

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.

MAYA THE BEE – THE HONEY GAMES **
Director: Noel Cleary and Sergio Delfino
Stars: Coco Jack Gillies, Richard Roxburgh
When an overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive. An animated adventure.

I FEEL PRETTY **
Director: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams
A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realises her appearance never changed?

A WRINKLE IN TIME **
Director: Ava DuVernay
Stars: Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

LIFE OF THE PARTY **
Director: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs
A comedy in which, after her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college to complete her degree.

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A moment from KickstArt’s lavish production of the musical Camelot.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

CAMELOT
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN, Durban)
This lavish KickstArt musical about King Arthur and his Round Table, and the love triangle of King Arthur, his queen Guenevere, and knight Sir Lancelot, stars Steven Stead as Arthur, Jessica Sole as Guenevere and Lyle Buxton as the noble knight. A very high standard of performance and presentation. Don’t miss it! Until June 3.

DAVE STARKE: A TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhle, Pietermaritzburg)
Excellent supper show with singer-guitarist Dave Starke paying tribute to the musician, life and poetry of Leonard Cohen. Performances are at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, May 26. Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). To book, or for more details, phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

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)

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


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