Film & Stage Ratings (June 14-20)

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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Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Men in Black: International.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JUNE 14

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL ***
Director: F Gary Gray
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organisation.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 ***
Director: Brian Lynch
Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford

An animated film continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.

A DOG’S JOURNEY ***
Director: Gail Mancuso
Stars: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott

A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.

THE WHTE CROW ***
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann

Featuring a screenplay by David Hare, this drama tells the story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West.

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Jackson A Dunn stars in Screen Gems’ Brightburn.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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

An epic musical fantasy, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality, which tells the story of Elton John. An excellent, stylish film with much inspired direction, clever use of songs and a superb performance by Taron Egerton as Elton.  See it!

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

BACKTRACE **
Director: Brian A Miller
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Baylee Curran, Colin Egglesfield

The lone surviving thief of a violent armoured car robbery is sprung from a high security facility and administered an experimental drug.

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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Lisa Bobbert in Bobbertlicious, at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Kloof.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

CHARLOTTE’S WEB
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban)

KicksArt presents a colourful version of the popular E B White children’s story about the friendship between a pig and a spider. A delightful showcase for the design talents of Greg King, who also directs, the production  features a cast including Bryan Hiles, Lyle Buxton, Belinda Henwood, Cara Roberts and Mthokozisi Zulu. Until July 21. (BS)

CELTIC ROCK
(Barnyard Theatre, Suncoast Casino, Durban)

A celebration of fin Irish sounds combining elements of rock, traditional Irish pub songs, as well as folk and pop. The cast includes Raymond Oberholzer, Kyle Matthews and Zoe Townsend on vocals, Kristo Zondagh on drums, Carolyn Thompson on keyboards, Barry Thomson on lead guitar, Nathan Machent on bass and David Kid on violin. 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)

BOBBERTLICIOUS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Durban theatre darling Lisa Bobbert revives her colourful solo show in which she meshes song, comedy and some of the popular characters she has created on stage over the years, many alongside her funnyman husband Aaron McIlroy. 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)

NOEL, COLE AND ME
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)
A fun collage of favourites and general zaniness, starring popular singer-pianist Godfrey Johnson. There are many salutes to the hits of Noel Coward and Cole Porter, but also expect pleasant surprises. 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.


One thought on “Film & Stage Ratings (June 14-20)

  1. I don’t know what wrong buttons I’ve pressed, but your postings no longer just appear on my FB page. (I do get the specific postings you send me…and am grateful for that) I find your postings only when I browse through the email page on my laptop. So i’ve never really noticed your full report on movies available, and shows on in Durban. Thanks for the movie info I haven’t been to a cinema in about a year (a friend used to take me once upon a time but because I now walk SO slowly that option doesn’t often occur these days). But it was very interesting to see what’s on at present. Thanks again. Love from Claudia in Cape Town

    On Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM …..SoSuterBill….. wrote:

    > sosuterbill posted: “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. > …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Note: Latest Ster-Kinekor,” >

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