Film & Stage Ratings (June 8-13)

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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Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt and huge creature in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JUNE 8

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM ***
Director: J A Bayona
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine

When the islan’’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

MACBETH ****
Director: Rufus Norris
Stars: Rory Kinnear, Anne-Marie Duff

The latest National Theatre Live screening highlights Shakespeare’s tragedy of moral decline. In the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Intense and terrifying, this new production was filmed live at the National Theatre in London, Rory Kinnear plays Macbeth and Olivier and Bafta-nominee Anne-Marie Duff plays Lady Macbeth. Fort screenings at Cinema Nouveau cinemas countrywide from June 9.

SAMSON **
Director: Bruce Macdonald and Gabriel Sabloff
Stars: Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Taylor James

After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with Supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God.

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Timothy Spall and Imelda Staunton in Finding Your Feet.

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: Imelda Staunton, 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.

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.

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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NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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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