Film & Stage Ratings (June 7-13)

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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Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JUNE 7

ROCKETMAN ****
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard

An epic musical fantasy, blurring the lines of fantasty and reality, which tells the story of Elton John.

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX ***
Director: Simon Kinberg
Stars: James Macavoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.

BACKTRACK ***
Director: Michael Petroni
Stars: Adrein Brody, Jenni Baird, Bruce Spence

Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover something terrifying.

POULENC’S DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES ***

Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites (three hours, 22 minutes) brings the 13th season of The Met: Live in HD to a close when it releases from June 8, thereby concluding a richly varied season of opera. Screenings at Cinema Nouveau are at 5pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 11.30am on Tuesday.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR **
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Stars: Yara Shahidi, Anai Lee, Charles Melton

A hopeless romantic ambivalent about his future in medical school falls for a hard-luck young woman who doesn’t believe in love.

BHARAT **
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Stars: Salma Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover

At the cusp of India’s birth as an Independent nation, a family makes an arduous journey to freedom at a cost. A young boy Bharat, makes a promise to his Father that he will keep his family together no matter what

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A scene from the effects-packed Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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.

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.

GODZILLA: THE KING OF MONSTERS ***
Director: Michael Dougherty
Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

BRIGHTBURN ***
Director: David Tarovesky
Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A Dunn

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

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.

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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The Reals (and guest guitarist Shaun Dragt, second left) in their fine tribute to The Traveling Wilburys, now in Kloof.

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)

THE REALS: TRIBUTE TO THE TRAVELING WILBURYS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Virtually sold out for its remaining performances this weekend, this is a fine show by seasoned Durban band The Reals – Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew – together with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt. Saluting The superband of the show title as well as individual members – Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty – the show has final performances at 8pm today and tomorrow, 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)

MEGASTARS OF POP
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

A salute to the music of such stars as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, Pink and Tina Turner, the lineup of singers including  Candace Kennedy, Ruan Geldenhuys and Jae Green. The theatre opens at 6.30pm – meals are on sale at the venue – with the show commencing at 8pm Wednesdays 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. Under-12s now get in free for all performances. (BS)

PIANOMANIA
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)
A fun collage of serious classics, favourites, oddities and general zaniness, starring popular singer-pianist Godrey Johnson and fellow pianist Nicholas McDiarmid, both at baby grand pianos. 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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