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Film ratings are by Billy Suter or from Internet Movie Data Base. Theatre ratings are by Billy Suter.
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FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM NOVEMBER 9
COLDPLAY: A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS ***
A film celebrating Coldplay’s record-breaking A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. The two-hour concert film was shot live In São Paulo on November 8, 2017. The A Head Full Of Dreams Tour has been confirmed as the third biggest of all time, having played to more than 5.5 million fans across the world. The concert features tracks from seven Coldlay albums. Catch the film at 8pm next Wednesday at the Ster-Kinekor complex at Gateway in Umhlanga.
Director: Julios Avery
Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Olivier
The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day.
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE ***
Director: Drew Goddard
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo Dakota Johnson
Circa 1968, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colours – before everything goes to hell.
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB ***
Director: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield
Subtitled A New Dragon Tatoo Story, this drama centres on a young computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, and journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, who find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
LIFE ITSELF **
Director: Dan Fogelman
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening
As a young New York couple goES from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
Director: A R Murugadoss
Stars: Jospeh Vijay, Keerthi Suresh, Yogi Babu
A successful businessman gets involved in a political battle with two notorious ministers over the wellbeing of fishermen in Tamil Nadu.
BURN THE STAGE: THE MOVIE **
Director: Jun-Soo Park
Stars: BTS, Jeong-guk Jeon, Hoseok Jung
Scheduled for an 8pm screening next Tuesday at Gateway’s Ster-Kinekor complex in Umhlanga, this is a documentary following the music group BTS, as they tour the world and share their experience along with their beloved band friends and fans.
TWO TAILS **
Director: Victor Azeez
A Russian animated film about a beaver and a cat which, after becoming best friends, embark on a dangerous mission to rescue their friends, who were abducted by aliens.
THUGS OF HINDUSTAN **
Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif
Based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel, Confessions of a Thug, this movie tells of a thug named Ameer Ali and his gang, whose nefarious ways posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India between 1790 and 1805.
FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS ***
Directors: Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston
Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley.
A fantasy spectacle in which a young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
JULIET, NAKED ***
Director: Jesse Peretz
Stars: Chris O’Dowd, Rose Byrne, Kitty O’Beirne
The story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once-revered, now-faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.
Director: Sara Blecher
Stars: Jack Devnarain, Rajesh Gopie, Kelly-Eve Koopman.
A new South African action-drama, scripted by Neil McCarthy. It tells the tale of an estranged son who must break the rules to save his family (and their criminal empire) when his overbearing father falters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SLENDER MAN **
Director: Sylvain White
Stars: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair
In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn’t actually exist – until one of them mysteriously goes missing.
NOBODY’S FOOL **
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Courtney Henggeler, Missi Pyle
A woman is released from prison and reunites with her sister. She soon discovers that her sister is in an online relationship with a man who may not be what he seems.
ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES ***
Director: Steven C Miller
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista
Years after he fought his way out of an inescapable prison, Ray Breslin has organised a new top-notch security force. But when one of his team members goes missing, Breslin must return to the hell he once escaped from.
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.
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.
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 film about a group of troublemakers forced to attend night school in the hope that they will pass exams to finish high school.
NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS
PIETER-DIRK UYS – WHEN IN DOUBT, SAY DARLING
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban)
After a sold-out season at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Studio and the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, the newest Uys show has final performances in Durban this weekend. Sometimes politics repeats itself, not only taking history and turning it into farce, but taking farce and turning into the fake news which is now called entertainment. Uys is sorting out 40 years of distress, disguise and disgust: from apartheid to tripartite, from amandla to Nkandla – and happily back to amandla. In the boxes are wigs, glasses, wagging fingers, toyi-toyis, red berets, trump cards of madness, icons and aikonas, from Bezuidenhouts, Raubenheimers and Ramaphosas to Altzheimers. See PW Botha impersonate Jacob Zuma! Witness Dr Piet Koornhof solve the Brexit stand-off! Celebrate the appearances of Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Nowell Fine and Evita Bezuidenhout! Booking is at Computicket. (BS)
THE REALS AND GUESTS: POETRY IN MUSIC
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)
Presented at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday, this show is by popular Durban tribute band The Reals and guests: singer-guitarist Colin Peddie and vocalist Samantha Solomon. Devised by Peddie, it showcases material that is more lyrically driven but without losing the punch accompanying popular music. Expect songs associated with the likes of The Eagles, Leonard Cohen, Indigo Girls, The Waterboys, Paul Simon, Mumford and Sons, and others. Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards). 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)
DAVE STARKE: LEONARD COHEN – A TRIBUTE
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)
Eshowe-based singer-guitsrist Dave Starke offers an excellent tribute to the music and memories of Leonard Cohen, whose hits include Hallelujah and So Long Marianne. Presented at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636. (BS)
BEST OF DECADES
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)
Showcasing a vibrant parade of chart-topping hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and today, this showband entertainment features Durban talents Andrew Webster, Calli Thomson,Kirsty van der Linde and Dylan van der Linde, among others. 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)
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