Film & Stage Rating (Oct 26-Nov 1)

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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Anthony Hopkins as the title character in King Lear.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM OCTOBER  26

KING LEAR ***
Director:  Richard Eyre
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Christopher Eccleston

The National Theatre Live film of the acclaimed BBC production of King Lear, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins in the name role, also features Emily Watson and Jim Broadbent. It is headed for Cinema Nouveau at Gateway, Umhlanga, this weekend. Screenings are scheduled for 7.30pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 7.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

FIRST MAN ***
Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

PEPPERMINT ***
Director:  Pierre Morel
Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher jnr, John Ortiz

A thriller about how, five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.

GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN **
Director: Ari Sandel
Stars: Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Two young friends find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist’s dummy to life.

THE LITTLE VAMPIRE 3D **
Director: Richard Claus and Karten Kiilerich
Stars: Rasmus Hardiker,. Amy Saville, Jim Carter

An animated adventure telling the story of Rudolph, a thirteen year old vampire, whose clan is threatened by a notorious vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal of the same age, who is fascinated by old castles.

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Sam Worthington in a scene from The Titan.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

PAPILLON ***
Director: Michael Noer
Stars: Rami Malek, Charlie Hunnam. Tommy Flanagan

Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island.

A STAR IS BORN ***
Director: Bradley Cooper
Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

The fourth big-screen version of the rags-to-riches story, this time with Bradley Cooper as the fading music star who watches as his prodigy rises. There is strong Oscar buzz for Lady Gaga.

THE HATE U GIVE ***
Director: George Tillman jnr
Stars: Amandla Steinberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN ***
Director:  David Kerr
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson

After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, bumbling spy Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.

A SIMPLE FAVOUR ***
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

A comedy-drama centred on a woman who seeks to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend.

HELL FEST **
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Stars: Bex Taylor-Klaus, Amy Dorsyth

A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

BABY MAMAS  **
Director: Stephena Zwane
Stars: Pamela Nomvete, Salamina Mosese

A South African comedy-drama revolving around the daily lives and loves of four professional women who are all in different stages of their own real-life baby mama drama.

HELICOPTER EELA  **
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Stars: Kajol, Riddhi Sen, T

An Indian film in which a wmoan called Eela joins her son’s college to complete her studies.

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS **
Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

VENOM **
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson

When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego, Venom, to save his life.

SMALLFOOT **
Director: Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig
Stars: James Corden, Channing Tatum, Zendaya

AN animated adventure that tells of a Yeti that is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “human” really do exist. It looks like it could be great fun.

NIGHT SCHOOL **
Director: Michael D Lee
Stars: Kevin Hart

A about a group of troublemakers forced to attend night school in the hope that they will pass exams to finish high school.

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.

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 TITAN **
Director: Lennart Ruff
Stars: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson

A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.
THE TITAN **
Director: Lennart Ruff
Stars:

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Cast members of Trick and Treat in Durban this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

THE REALS: HOT AUGUST NIGHT
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel. Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Popular Durban tribute band The Reals presents an excellent tribute to the music and memories of hit-maker Neil Diamond. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets for the show cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards). A Family Pack discount during the first week of shows is also available – R300 total for two adults and two children. One may take along one’s own meals or snacks to the venue, but no beverages as a pub is on the premises. Light meals and snacks may also be bought at the venue. Booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. (BS)

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)

TRICK AND TREAT
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

A show of magic to be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, and 2pm on Sunday October 28. Presented by the South African Magical Society, the family-friendly show is directed by Ricki Gray, one of South Africa’s best-loved illusionists, and features a variety of fun acts. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

THE FOXY 4
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

To be staged at 2pm on Sunday, October 28, this show features vivacious Durban singer-dancers Leigh Meyer, Marion Loudon, Jemma Kate Badenhorst and Camilla Rogers, it will offer a fast-paced look at women in music – among them Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Adele, The Supremes, Marilyn Monroe and Carole King. Described as cheeky and fun, with stylish choreography and striking costumes, the show also salutes Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gloria Estefan, Cilla Black and Aretha Franklin, among others. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636. (BS)

JAZZ JOL
(The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, Durban campus)

Durban’s popular annual Jazz Jol has a stellar line-up for the 30th edition that takes place at 7pm on Saturday, October 27. The event features composer-pianists Burton Naidoo and Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane alongside the impressive UKZN Big Band. Mashiloane will perform with Menzi Cele and Zoe The Seed on vocals, Boyi Mokhatla on drums and Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass. The UKZN Big Band, led by Naidoo, will perform old favourites including Have You Met Miss Jones, Take the ‘A’ Train and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.  New arrangements from John Kordalewski, as well as arrangements by students Micale Leon, Phuti Mofakeng, Kgethi Nkotsi and Sinalo Zulu, will also feature. Tickets cost R130  R90 for pensioners, R70 for students) and can be bought at the door. (BS)

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

 


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