Film  & Stage Ratings (May 24-30)

CINEMA RATINGS
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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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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 poster image for  the film of the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Golden Age ’18.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM MAY 24

THE GOLDEN AGE ’18 ****
Stars: Bolshoi Ballet

Beautiful tangos of men in love in the roaring 1920s is the atmosphere captured in this Bolshoi ballet. The Golden Age cabaret is a favourite night-time venue and during the merriment, a young fisherman, Boris, falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realises she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot” , but also the love interest of the local gangster, Yashka. With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and accurately portrays the 1920 s era. Screenings at Cinema Nouveau cinemas are at 7.45pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 7.45pm next Wednesday and Thursday.

ALADDIN ***
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott

A live-action version and new interpretation of the hit 1992 Disney musical, with some new characters. It’s about a kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

LONG SHOT ***
Director:  Jonathan Levine
Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan, June Diane Raphael

A romantic comedy in which journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

RED JOAN ***
Director:  Trevor Nunn
Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore

The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.

INDIA’S MOST WANTED **
Director:  Raj Kumar Gupta
Stars: Arjun Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma, Gaurav Mishra

A drama in which a group of intelligence officers embark on a top secret mission to track down a wanted international criminal.

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A scene from The Queen’s Corgi, an animated film featuring the talents of Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters and Tom Courtenay.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Courtenay

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:
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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 from Curtain Up!, at Durban’s Elizabeth Seddon Theatre.

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)

CURTAIN UP!
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN, Durban)

One of the best from 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)

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)

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)

ADIEU
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

Durban’s Family Players comedy drag lip-sync troupe performs its swansong after three decades-plus of raising funds for charity. Roland Stansell, Derek Pearce, Allan Quihampton and Greg Baptie present a range of sparkly costumes, wigs and heels … and a lot of laughs, 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 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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