Film & Stage Ratings (Sept 14-20)

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 members of Billionaire Boys Club, directed by James Cox.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM SEPTEMBER 14

BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB  ***
Director:  James Cox
Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Taron Egerton

A drama centred on a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles who, during the early 1980s, establish a ‘get-rich-quick’ scam that turns deadly.

THE PREDATOR  ***
Director:  Shane Black
Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacon Tremblay

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of for soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

SUBMERGENCE  ***
Director: Wi m Wenders
Stars: Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Alexander Siddig

In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.

SGT STUBBY  **
Director:  Richard Lanni
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan lerman, Gerard Depardieu

An animated film telling the true story of a stray dog who joins his new master on the battlefields of World War 1. For his valorous actions, Sgt.Stubby is still recognised as the most decorated dog in American history.

MANMARZIYAAN  **
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal

An Indian film telling a love story set in Punjab.

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Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce in The Wife.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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.

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

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN ***
Director: Marc Foster
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY ***
Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Lily James, Matthew Goode, Glen Powell

The story of Juliet Ashton (Lily James) – a free-spirited, successful writer living in post-war London. Despite the success of her recent novel and support from her dear friend and publisher Sidney (Matthew Goode), she struggles to find inspiration for her writing after the harsh experiences of the war.

CHARMING ***
Director:  Ross Venokur
Stars:Demi Lovato, Sia, Wilmer Valderrama

An animated adventure centred on a three fairy tale princesses who find themselves engaged to the same guy, Prince Charming.

THE WIFE ***
Director: Bjorn Runge
Stars: Christian Slater, Glenn Close, Max Irons

A drama in which a wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

THE EQUALIZER 2 ***
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders

A thriller in which Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed. However, how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

CRAZY RICH ASIANS ***
Director:  Jon M Chu
Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.

ELLEN ***
Director: Daryne Joshua
Stars: Jarrid Geduld, Jill Levenberg, Elton Landrew

Based on a true events, this film tells of the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son – a relationship that will eventually drive her to the edge and lead to his murder.

MILE 22 **
Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais

A thriller in which an elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.

BLACKKKLANDSMAN  ***
Director: Spike Lee
Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.

LOOKING FOR LOVE **
Director: Adze Ugah
Stars: Allen Booi, Lillian Dube, Tayo Fanira

A single, unaccomplished Zulu woman must find Mr Right in the pitiless concrete jungle that is Joburg before she turns 40. Desperate Buyi reluctantly allows her sexy, best friend to help find her a man from her exclusive ‘man market’’. Between questionable concoctions, a quirky magician with a cat obsession and a sex addict that can’t get enough of a big butt, Buyi quickly loses hope of finding Mr Right.

THE FIRST PURGE **
Director: Gerard McMurray
Stars: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade

America’s third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.

THE NUN **
Director: Corin Hardy
Stars: Bonnie Aarons, Taissa Farmiga, Jonny Coyne

A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

YAMLA PEGLA DEEWANA: PHIR SE **
Director: Navaniat Singh
Stars: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol

Inheriting from the ancestors, the legacy of the Ayurveda panacea ‘Vajrakavach’, a famed and effective remedy for all ills,  brothers  Pooran and Kaala use the kavach with varied intentions. While good-hearted Pooran helps people, Kaala looks out for his interest in money.

A.X.L **
Director: Oliver Daly
Stars: Thomas Jane, Becky G, Alex Neustaedter

The story of A.X.L, a top-secret, robotic dog that develops a special friendship with a lad called Miles, and will go to any length to protect his new companion.

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME **
Director: Susanna Fogel
Stars: Milla Kunis, Jason Theroux, Kate McKinnon

An action comedy in which Audrey and Morgan, best friends, unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: MONSTERS VACATION **
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

An animated film in which Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family.

THE MEG **
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Jason Staham, Rain Wilson

After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

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.

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A standout moment from Shall We Dance, now in its 26th year. Picture by Sophie Thomson.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

A ROCKING WORLD TOUR
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

Showcasing a vibrant parade of chart-topping hits from across the globe, A Rocking World Tour opens with a visit to Australasia, where the talented cast pays homage to the great bands and singers that rocked Down Under – from rockers AC/DC and Midnight Oil to the irresistible Kylie Minogue.  From there, they spin the globe and get caught up in an Asian adventure, with a colourful fusion of high-energy Bhangra and Bollywood hits. The next stop is the world’s party capital, Europe, where the singers and musicians pay tribute to Sweden’s Roxette and Abba, Norway’s A-Ha, France’s Gipsy Kings and Daft Punk, Italy’s Eiffel 65 and Germany’s Boney M, before jetting off to Britain to celebrate the rock of Led Zeppelin. The worldwide movement also features hits from Mexico, Jamaica, South America, the US and South Africa. The band consists of Barry Thomson of The Reals on lead guitar (to be replaced next week by former Tree63 guitarist John Ellis), Lloyd de Gier on bass, Dillan Kanny on drums and Shemuel Mahebeer on keyboards. The theatre opens at 6.30pm – meals are on sale at the venue – with the show commencing at 8pm Thursdays to Saturdays. Tickets cost only R99 each on Thursdays, and R130 each for other performances, but half price for pensioners at the 2pm Sunday matinee performances, when under-12s get in free. (BS)

SHALL WE DANCE
(Playhouse Opera theatre, Durban)

Hard to believe that one of the country’s longest-running annual shows, still being produced and directed by Durban’s hard-working Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens, is now in its 26th year – and still keeping the customers satisfied. The show is always a colourful and joyous occasion, a variety spectacle offering a fun and varied mix of dance, and features a cast of almost 100 this year, comprising members of local dance companies and professionals. It’s not as good as last year’s show perhaps, but Letard and Cusens have created a slick, bright show with a changing  parade of good costumes and backdrops. It gets extra points for the welcome introduction this year of two vibrant, Bollywood-inspired routines by the attractive and exciting Rudra Dance Theatre company.  Until September 16. (BS)

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

 

 


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