Film & Stage Ratings (June 22-28)

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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A scene from Wes Anderson’s award-winning animated film, Isle of Dogs.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JUNE 22

ISLE OF DOGS ***
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Koyu Rankin

Set in Japan, this award-winning animated film  follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.

ON CHESIL BEACH ***
Director: Dominic Cooke
Stars: Saoirse Roan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel, this film is set in 1962 England. It is about a young couple who find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.

OCEAN’S 8 ***
Director: Gary Ross
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

BRAVEN **
Director: Lin Oeding
Stars: Jason Momoa, Garret Dillahunt, Jill Wagner

An action-drama centred on a logger who defends his family from a group of dangerous drug-runners.

THYS EN TRIX **
Director: Quentin Krog
Stars: Leandie du Randt Bosch, Bouwer Bosch, Brendon Daniels, Zak Hendrikz

Thys and Trix are siblings and eager yet helpless police officers. Their constant feud results in their expulsion after it causes yet another embarrassment for the police service. Detective Solomons is investigating the activities of a crime syndicate in an exclusive golf estate outside Mossel Bay. Due to their ‘vanilla’ looks, Thys and Trix are singled out for the first time as the most competent team to lead an investigation. However, the fact that they must pretend to be a married couple to make the investigation credible complicates the situation.

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Toni Collette in Hereditary. The film also stars Gabriel Byrne.

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.

HEREDITARY ****
Director: Ari Aster
Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gariel Byrne

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

INCREDIBLES 2 ***
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell

Bob Parr (alias Mr Incredible) is left to care for young Jack-Jack while Helen (alias Elastigirl) is out saving the world. A sequel to the 2004 animated success.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RACE 3 **
Director: Remo D’Souza (as Remo)
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez

An action-thriller centred on a family that deals in borderline crime; ruthless and vindictive to the core.

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.

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

THE REALS AND FRIENDS: A CELEBRATION
(Glenwood Boys’ High School hall, Durban)

Popular and versatile Durban band The Reals – Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew – team with various pals for a special event to raise funds to complete renovations of Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo. At 2pm on Sunday only. Tickets cost R150 and Roland Stansell (082 499 8636) is your contact for bookings. (BS)

THE JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE
(RhumbelowTheatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Only at at 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday(June 27 and 28), this fine show features Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, his brother Garth Warren on bass, Gareth Gale on drums and Clare McIlroy on vocals. The show, set in Folsom Prison and saluting the music and memories of the great Johnny Cash, has played to sold-out audiences in Durban and is back by popular demand. Expect to hear hit songs such as Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, Cry Cry Cry and Walk the Line, as well as songs with June Carter such as Jackson, It Ain’t Me Babe and Jukebox Blues. Tickets cost R150, seating is at tables of six, and booking is by phoning 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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