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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 MAY 17
JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM ***
Director: Chad Stahelski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.
POKEMON: DETECTIVE PICKACHU **
Director: Rob Letterman
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
GLORIA BELL ***
Director: Sebastian Lelio
Stars: Sean astin, Julianne Moore, Alanna Ubach
A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at Los Angeles dance clubs.
DE DE PYAAR DE **
Director: Akiv Ali
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh
A 50-year-old single father faces disapproval from his family and his ex-wife when he falls in love with a 26-year-old woman.
FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 choreographed show saluting fiesty Latin pop, rock and novelty numbers, with good singers, a standout trio of professional dancers (including Strictly Come Dancing’s Ryan Hammond) 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)
BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE SHOW
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel Beryldene Road, Kloof)
The debut show by talented singer, guitarist, keyboardist and harmonica-player Tanner Wareham, backed by bassist Reeve Cook and drummer George Ogollo. An informal, charming and very enjoyable tribute to the songs of Bob Dylan. Performances are every Wednesday to Sunday until May 26. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646. (BS)
(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. Final performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646. (BS)
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN, Durban)
The annual Young Performers musical featuring a cast of teenagers from local high schools. The show, running until June 1, is a reprise of this project’s first musical, an original work, from 2001. Curtain Up! has been rewritten and updated by multi-award-winning actress Charon Williams-Ros, who wrote the original script. It tells of a diverse group of talented young performers taking shelter from the rain in a derelict theatre where, to their delight, they discover the evocative remnants of past productions. Sonfgs in th show come from The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!; Rent, Les Miserables and Into the Woods. Booking is at Computicket. (BS)
(Hexagon Theatre, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg)
The 20th anniversary of this celebration of dance by high school pupils from throughout the Midlands. The task for each school remains constant: to create a six-minute piece of dance choreography integrating any type of musical or textual accompaniment. The programme accommodates a range of choreographic and performance possibilities. Shows are at 7.30pm on May 17, 18, 20, 21 and 22. Tickets cost R75 and booking is by calling (033) 260 5537. Funk 2019 is produced by The Theatre–St Anne’s Diocesan College. It is directed by Lynn Chemaly. (BS)
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