Film & Stage Ratings (July 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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Neve Campbell and Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper.

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

SKYSCRAPER ***
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell

A father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper.

KING ***
Director: Deniz Gamze
Stars: Hall Berry, Daniel Craig

The life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.

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A scene from Book Club.

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.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP ***
Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena

As Scott Lang balances being both a superhero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

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.

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.

LOVE, SIMON ***
Director: Greg Berlanti
Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he is gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

BOOK CLUB ***
Director: Bill Holderman
Stars: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

TAG ***
Director: Jeff Tomsic
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson

A comedy about a small group of former classmates that organise an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

THE HURRICANE HEIST **
Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten

An action-drama centred on thieves attempting a massive heist against the US Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities.

SANJU **
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal

Sanju is a biopic of the controversial life of actor Sanjay Dutt: his film career, jail sentence and personal life.

DUCK DUCK GOOSE **
Director: Christopher Jenkins
Stars: Jim Gaffigan, Lance Lim, Zendaya

An animated film centgred on a bachelor goose that must form a bond with two lost ducklings as they journey south.

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.

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.

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Cast members of Rock ‘n’ Roll Nerds: The Piano Greats, in Kloof this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

ROCK ’N’ ROLL NERDS: THE PIANO GREATS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof)

An enjoyable salute to great pop and rock piano players, featuring music associated with Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Alicia Keys and Carole King, among others. It runs at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Saturday this week, July 11 to 14, and at 2pm on Sunday, July 14. It stars Kirsty van der Linde on some vocals and lots o saxophone, Andy Turrell on bass, Dylan van der Linde on drums, David Knott on lead guitar and Evan Cullum on piano and musical direction. Main vocalists are Nicky Knott and a standout Evan Cullum and Ofentse Mokhuane. Tables seat six and tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. (BS)

THE BLARNEY BROTHERS
(RhumbelowTheatre, Cunningham Road, Unbilo, Durban)

If you are a fan of Irish sing-alongs, novelty ditties and fun party music from various decades, you’d do well to check out one of Durban’s most popular and seasoned bands, The Blarney Brothers, this weekend. The hit trio – siblings Damien and Paul McIlroy, and Tony Fisher – sing and perform various instruments and have a strong following. Catch them at Durban’s newly renovated Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, off Bartle Road, at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (July 13 and 14) and 2pm on Sunday (July 15). Now celebrating its 44th anniversary, the trio specialises in Irish ballads, catchy pub songs, popular current hits and the occasional Irish jig. Since the early 1990s, the group has undertaken numerous international tours. Besides appearing in the UK, the band has visited the Far East frequently, appearing in Singapore, Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Australia. Tickets for their show cost R150 (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or call Roland at 082 499 8646.

JUKEBOX HITS
(Rockwood theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

Some of the most requested songs of all time feature in this new showband entertainment runninguntil September 2. Jukebox Hits has a 10-member cast headed by popular Durban singers Liesl Coppin and Percy Smith, as well as charming vocalist Kyle Matthews, a onetime regular on the Barnyard Theatre circuit and the star of the ’80s tribute show that has just completed a successful run at the Rockwood Theatre. Also on vocals are Riyaan Cornelius and Janine Cupido, while Durban’s Calli Thomson is on keyboards, local lad Paul Cassells is on drums, Sheldon von Grimm is on guitar and Kelly Joubert is on bass. Popular Kirsty van der Linde, who is among the cast of Rock ’n’ Roll Nerds: Piano Greats at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof this weekend, will join the Jukebox Hits cast on July 19, taking over from Johan van der Molen. Jukebox Hits features classics such as Piano Man, What a Wonderful World, YMCA, Let’s Twist Again, Unchained Melody, New York, Don’t Stop Believing, Uptown Funk, End of the Road, Mony Mony, Black Velvet and That’s The Way I Like It, to name just a few. To book tickets for Jukebox Hits phone (031) 161 0000. Thursday night tickets cost R99, while Friday and Saturday night tickets cost R130 each. On Sundays, with adults at R130 a ticket, children under the age of 12 get in free and pensioners pay half price. (BS)

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


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