Film & Stage Ratings (July 20-26)

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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Principal cast of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. My review is under Cinema on this site.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JULY 20

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN ***
Director: Ol Parker
Stars: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep

Lots more songs from Abba link this frothy sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia!. The new film looks at the past of Donna (Meryl Streep) and the future of her daughter, Sophie. Very contrived but with enough kitsch, sparkle and to keep one interested. Look out for Cher as a glam gran.

DHADAK **
Director: Shashank Kaitan
Stars: Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaasn Khattar, Ashutosh Rana

Set in Rajasthan, this love story explores how the protagonists deal with issues like differences between castes and honor killings.

LIFE AND NOTHING MORE **
Director: Antonio Mendez Esparza
Stars:Andrew Bleechington, Regina Williams, Robert Williams

Standing on the edge of adulthood, Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young African-American in today’s America. With his mother longing to find more to her life then parenting, Andrew is forced to take on the mounting pressure of family responsibility. His search for connection with an absent father, leads him to a dangerous crossroads.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Gcina Mhlophe performs in My Travelling Bag, in Kloof this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

GCINA MHLOPHE; MY TRAVELLING BAG
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Master storyteller, poet and author, Durban’s Gcina Mhlophe, paints vivid vignettes and amusing moments in her fascinating performance inspired by her travels all over the world. She reflects on 33 years of suitcases bought, stamps in her passports, friendships, missed flights, mementos and memories. The show, widely acclaimed, has performances at 8pm on Friday and 2pm on Sunday, with Saturday day-time performances reserved for school audiences. Tables seat six and tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. (BS)

SWINGING SIXTIES
(RhumbelowTheatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

Seasoned Irish singer and musician Dave Monks, alongside Durban singer Marion Loudon, in a salute to the hits of the 1960s. The Swinging Sixties is scheduled for performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (July 20 and 21) and 2pm on Sunday, July 22.  Expect to hear classics associated with 20 different artists, including The Carpenters, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Nancy Sinatra, the Bee Gees, The Monkees and Cliff Richard. Admission is R150 a head (R130 for pensioners). Call 082 499 8636 to book.

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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