Film & Stage Ratings (June 1-6)

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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Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in a remake of the 1987 film, Overboard, which starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JUNE 1

NOMMER 37 ***
Director:  Nosipho Dumisa
Stars: Irshaad Ally, Ephram Gordon, Amrain Ismael-Essop

A South African thriller about a man who, in debt and recently left as a paraplegic, witnesses a powerful criminal, named Lawyer, commit murder while observing his neighbours through binoculars. He theninitiates a treacherous blackmail scheme.

OVERBOARD **
Director: Rob Greenberg
Stars: Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez
A comedy in which a spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee.

CHAPPAQUIDDICK **
Director: John Curren
Stars: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan
A thriller depicting Ted Kennedy’s involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

BREAKING IN **
Director:  James McTeigue
Stars: Gabrielle Union, Billy  Burke, Richard Cabral
An action-drama in which a woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.

VEERE DI WEDDING **
Director: Shashanka Ghosh
Stars: Nidhi Mehra, Mehul Suri

An Indian film in which Four girls are on their way to find true love. However, friendship this strong does have its consequences.

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A scene from Maya the Bee: The Honey Games.

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.

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.

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 Eve
A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition.

PARMANU: 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.

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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Steven Stead and Jessica Sole in KickstArt’s Camelot which is in its final weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

TROUBADORS: A TRIBUTE TO JAMES TAYLOR AND CAROLE KING
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof)
Singer-guitarist Dave Starke and singer Two Bit Mac pay paying tribute to James Taylor and Carole King.  Take the butter-like voice of James Taylor, that made famous songs like Carolina on My Mind, You Can Close Your Eyes, Sweet Baby James, Fire and Rain and Never Die Young, and contrast it with the soulful, rich voice of Carole King in songs likeSo Far Away, Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.  The result is a mellow, emotional journey through the lives of these two friends and lovers, their music and their madness. Starke is a Cape Town-born guitarist and singer. Former frontman for acoustic rock band, Soulfire, he is now a full-time solo performer and composer. Dave appeared on the first season of The Voice South Africa and in addition to performing at theatres and weddings, he composes music for film and television. Too Bit Mac is South African-born singer who was educated in the US. On her return to South Africa, she performed in High School Music South Africa. She is currently the vocalist in KZN corporate showband Brandy Bossa Nova. Tickets for their tribute show cost R150 (R130 for pensioners). To book, phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. (BS)

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 a standout 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! Final weekend. (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)

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


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