Film & Stage Ratings (Jul 27-Aug 2)

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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Vanessa Kirby, Henry Cavill and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Picture from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JULY 27

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT ***
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames

Another action-heavy spectacle in which Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

ADRIFT **
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin  Grace Palmer

A true story of survival, as a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

FAREWELL ELLA BELLA **
Director: Lwazi Mvusi
Stars: Jay Anstey, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Lionel Newton

Made in South Africa, this film has Ella (24), after the death of her alcoholic father, left with nothing but debt and the bitter memory of a complicated past. Abandoned by her mother at a young age, she has sacrificed her life, opportunities and love to care for a man she resents but is now left adrift in the world after his passing. The re-emergence of her nomadic godfather, Neo (46), at her father’s cremation gives Ella the opportunity to discover a better future for herself in Johannesburg.

TEEFA IN TROUBLE **
Director: Ahsan Rahim
Stars: Ali Zafar, Maya Ali, Mehmood Aslam

An action-comedy in which Teefa goes to Poland to bring Anya to Pakistan to marry gangster Butt’s son – but gets into trouble with Anya’s gangster father and the police.

BROKEN PROMISES 4-EVER **
Director: Kumaran Naidoo
Stars: Kogie Naidoo, Rani Pillay, Maeshni Naiker

Another sequel to the hit South African comedy series, in which Reuben’s son, Mandoza, now gets into some courtship confusion, with his family getting the wrong end of the stick.

TEEN TITANS GO TO THE MOVIES **
Director: Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michall
Stars: Will Arnett, Eric Bauza, Kristen Bell

Animated film in which a villain’s maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.

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A scene from Ant-Man and The Wasp.

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.

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.

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.

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Dave Starke, who performs with friends in a tribute to James Taylor and Carole King.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

A TRIBUTE TO JAMES TAYLOR AND CAROLE KING
(RhumbelowTheatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

Singer-guitarist  Dave Starke and friends in an expanded version of the show that premiered at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Tina’s Hotel venue some weeks ago. Starke shares the spotlight with Jaran Lienig from Norway, local singer Too Bit Mac, saxophonist Geir Daasvand from Norway and Cape Town-based guitarist and accordion player Lizzie Gaisford. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday, July 27 to 29. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

SINATRA, QUITE FRANKLY
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Anthony Stonier’S Sinatra tribute runs at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday, July 27 to 28. Stonier, who has been a recognisable presence on the South African stage for the past 30 years, sings all the Frank Sinatra hits. Tables seat six and tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. (BS)

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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