Film & Stage Rating: April 12-18

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: Latest Ster-Kinekor, Nu Metro and Suncoast CineCentre display adverts for KwaZulu-Natal cinemas appear at the end of this post.
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A scene from Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM APRIL 12

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (THE BOLSHOI) ***
Stars: Olga Smirnova

The classic fairytale presented on stage by the Bolshoi Ballet. Doom replaces celebration when Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse on her 16th birthday, falling into a deep sleep for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. A resplendent ballet, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. Screenings at Cinema Nouveau cinemas are at 7.45pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 7.45pm next Wednesday and Thursday. The film runs for two hours and 50 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes.

HELLBOY **
Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: David Harour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, this fantasy adventure centres on a creature called Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battling an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

A DOG’S WAY HOME **
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos

A female dog travels four hundred miles in search of her owner throughout a Colorado wilderness.

BREAKTHROUGH  **
Director: Roxann Dawson
Stars: Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas

When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

RACETIME **
Director: Benoit Godbout and Jean-Francois Pouliot
Stars: Sonja Ball, Lucinda Davis, Tod Fennell

A Canadian animated film, originally in French, in which, during a spectacular sled race through a village, Frankie-Four-Eyes and his team, includig Sophie as the driver, take on the newcomers: the mysterious and conceited Zac and his athletic cousin.

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Emily Mortimer in The Bookshop, also starring Bill Nighy.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

DUMBO ****
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Colin Farrell, Danny Devito, Michael Keaton

The remake of Disney’s 1941 animation hit sees a young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, help save a struggling circus. However, when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

HOTEL MUMBAI ***
Director: Anthony Maras
Stars: Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY ***
Director: Stephan Merchant
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

COLD PURSUIT ***
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Michael Richardson

A grieving snow plough driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film, In Order of Disappearance.

THE BOOKSHOP ***
Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Emily Mortimer,  Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne

A drama set in England un 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

WONDER PARK ***
Stars: Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell

This animated adventure tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: HIDDEN WORLD  ***
Director: Dean DeBlois
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington

In this animated sequel, Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury so he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

CAPTAIN MARVEL ***
Directors: Anna Broden and Ryan Fleck
Stars: Brie Larson, Samue L Jackson, Ben Mendellsohn

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

GALVESTON ***
Director: Melanie Laurent
Stars: Ben Foster, Jeffrey Grover, Christopher Amitrano

A crime-drama centred on a dying hitman who, after escaping a set up, returns to his hometown of Galveston where he plans his revenge.

ROMEO AKBAR WALTER ***
Director: Robby Grewal
Stars: John Abraham, Mouni Roy, Boman Irani

A film based on the tale of Ravindra Kaushik, an ex RAW agent. His spy mind benefitted India in the 1971 war and many more secrets were revealed by him.

SHAZAM! **
Director: David Sandberg
Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou

We all have a superhero inside of us –  it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero: Shazam.

LOVE LIVES HERE **
Director: Morman Moorake
Stars: Thando Thabethe, Lungile Radu, Zola Nombona

A South African film about a young woman’s quest for love, getting up caught up in the modern and traditional ideas for romance. The movie further explores different types of relationships and how we ultimately navigate love, sex and relationships.

TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL **
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tyler Perry, Casi Davis, Patrice Lovely

Yet another film with Tyler Perry in drag as Madea. This time, a joyous family reunion becomes a nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.

WHAT MEN WANT **
Director:  Adam Shankman
Stars: Taraji P Henson, Kristen Ledlow, Josh Brener

A comedy in which a woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

THE UPSIDE  **
Director: Neil Burger
Stars: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.

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The many faces of Gino Fabbri in Completely Nuts, at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

GINO FABBRI: COMPLETELY NUTS
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban)

Most definitely not my cup of tea, but many seem to find the loud slapstick, broad humour and pure corn of comedian-musician Gino Fabbri a good laugh. In this solo show he performs a variety of songs and presents a full range of over-the-top characters. He also offers some very good drumming. Book at Computicket. (BS)

ONE NIGHT IN PARIS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)

Johannesburg singer Tinya Koenderman presents a collection of songs associated with France in this show to be staged at 8pm Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.  (BS)

SUPER BANDS
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

Running until June 2, this latest showband entertainment salutes the music of great bands such as The Beatles, The Stones, Abba, The Jackson Five, Backstreet Boys, U2 and 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. Review on Sunday. (BS)

THE GOLDEN DAYS OF SPRINGBOK RADIO: FRANK GRAHAM
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Scheduled for a single performance at 2pm on Sunday, April 14, this fun show has Durban radio legend Frank Graham reminiscing about shows, colleagues and fun moments from the golden age of Springbok Radio and the many characters he immortalised on the airwaves. Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.  (BS)

BIG TOP ROCK
(Barnyard Theatre, Suncoast Casino, Durban)

The first show at Durban’s new Barnyard Theatre on the beachfront promenade is a revival and tweaking of an earlier hit show from this supper theatre franchise – a collection of rock songs performed by a band, singers, aerial artists and gymnasts, in a circus theme. A fun show with some dazzling moments, it runs until February 24. Performances are at 7.30pm every Tuesday to Thursday, when tickets cost R165 (Tuesday tickets are two-for-one price). Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8pm, when tickets cost R165 each. Sunday shows are at 2pm and tickets cost R130 each (pensioners pay half price and under-12s get in free, for telephonic bookings only). (BS)

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


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