Film  & Stage Ratings (May 10-16)

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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Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in The Hustle.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM MAY 10

THE HUSTLE ***
Director:  Chris Addison
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who team up to take down the dirty, rotten men who have wronged them.

THE INTRUDER **
Director: Deon Taylor
Stars:   Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good, Debs Howard

A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

POMS **
Director: Zara Hayes
Stars:  Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier

A comedy about a group of women who form a cheer-leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it!’.

STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2 **
Director: Punit Malhotra
Stars: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday

The biggest franchise of Bollywood returns in this tale of friendship, sportsmanship, love and companionship.

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Characters in Avengers: Endgame.

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.

KANDASAMYS: THE WEDDING ***
Director: Jayan Moodley
Stars: Miriam Bassa, Rushiul Juglall, Vashir Kemraj

The sequel to the Durban-set comedy, Keeping Up With the Kandsamys, sees the once-feuding Durban families putting up with further pressures and problems while planning a wedding.

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.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME ***
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Brie Larson, Linda Cardellini, Scarlett Johannson

After the devastating events the 2018 Avengers film, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’s actions and restore order to the universe.

MISS BALA ***
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Thomas Dekker, Vivian Chan

Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film.

EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE ***
Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angeles Sarafyan

A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.

UGLY DOLLS ***
Director: Kelly Asbury
Stars: Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae

An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that who you truly are is what matters most.

SKEMERSON **
Director:  Phillip Rademeyer
Stars: Pietie Beyers, Anneke Weidemann, Elzia Cawood

A young man, battling a mental illness, decides to take his own life. Then he meets two strangers on a bridge. A South African drama.

THE CURSE OF LA LLORANA *
Director:  Terrence Williams
Stars: Joel Bryant, Regan Forston, Elizabeth Osbourn

A troubled family must unite to save their young niece from the sinister forces of La Llorona, an evil spirit that inhabits an abandoned house.

BLANK **
Director: Behzad Khambata
Stars: Sunny Deol, Karan Kapadia, Karanvir Sharma

A suicide bomber loses his memory and has a bomb attached to his heart. It is up to the police officers to prevent this bomb from taking innocent lives.

PET SEMATARY **
Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Based on the Stephen King novel, this film remake tells of a doctor and his wife and two young children relocating from Boston to rural Maine. There they discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

LITTLE **
Director: Tina Gordon Chism
Stars: Reigna Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin

A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

THE QUEEN’S CORGI **
Director: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Stars: Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters, Tom Courtena

An animated film about  the adventures of Rex, the British monarch’s most beloved dog, which loses track of its mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self.

KALANK **
Director:
Stars:

Set in 1945, in Pre-Independent India,  this film focuses on the elite, opulent and solemn world of the Chaudhry family, and the wild, mysterious and musical underbelly of the town called Hira Mandi. They clash when Roop Chaudhry encounters Zafar, a daredevil from Hira Mandi, unleashing deep-buried truths, secrets of betrayal and affairs that threaten to bring the both worlds crashing down.

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.

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A standout moment in Rhythm of the Night at the Barnyard Theatre at Durban’s Suncoast Casino.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT
(Barnyard Theatre, Suncoast Casino, Durban)

The best large-showband entertainment locally in a long time. A slick, impressively costumed and well choregraphed  show saluting fiesty Latin pop, rock and novelty numbers, with good singers, a standout trio of professional dancers and a tight on-stage band. 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)

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

Running until June 2, this enjoyable 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)

TRIBUTE TO THE TRAVELLING WILBURYS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

The Reals, and guest guitarist Shaun Dragt, present a tribute to the hits of superband The Travelling Wilburys, as well as to the hits of the star individual members of that band – Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday (this and next week).  Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646. (BS)

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


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