Film & Stage Rating (July 5-11)

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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Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role in the acclaimed film of the London stage production of Hamlet.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JULY 5

HAMLET ****
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch

An encore screening of thechighly acclaimed London production of Shakespeare’s great work, with a powerful performance from Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Running three hours and 30 minutes, the National Theatre live screening will be at Cinema Nouveau cinemas at  7.05pm on Monday only.

YESTERDAY ***
Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino

A struggling musician realises he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

GRETA ***
Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe

A young woman befriends a lonely widow who is harbouring a dark and deadly agenda toward her.

MALAAL ***
Director: Neil Jordan
Stars:Meezaan Jafri, Sharmin Segal, Badri Chavan

The story of Shiva and Astha, two very different people from contrasting backgrounds who experience the innocence of love. Does their love find its destination or do they part ways? Stay on this journey to find out.

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Billie Lourd (left) and Kaitlyn Dever in Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde.

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 fantasty and reality, which tells the story of Elton John.

TOY STORY 4 ****
Director: Josh Cooley
Stars: Tom Haaks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

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.

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.

BOOKSMART ***
Director: Olivia Wilde
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realise they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

MA ***
Director: Tate Taylor
Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. However,  just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET ***
Director: Judy Naidoo
Stars: Aaqil Hoosen, Shaan Nathoo, Amith Sing

A South African film about two young Kwazulu-Natal boys who believe they can defeat the bullying local crime lord threatening their families, through their belief that one can be a Bollywood hero.

ANNA ***
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

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.

SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 ***
Directors:  Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val
Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford

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

STOCKHOLM ***
Director: Robert Budreau
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong

A drama based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME ***
Director: Jon Watts
Stars: Zendaya, Angourie Rice, Tom Holland

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

ANNABELLE COMES HOME **
Director:  Gary Dauberman
Stars: Vera Farminga, Patrick Wilson, McKenna Grace

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

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.

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A fun scene from Charlotte’s Web, which has final performances in Durban this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

CHARLOTTE’S WEB
(Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban)

KickstArt presents a colourful, chamring 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 , T-Bone Hlahlane and Mthokozisi Zulu.  Final weekend. (BS)

CELTIC ROCK
(Barnyard Theatre, Suncoast Casino, Durban)

A celebration of fine 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)

MAIS  QUE NADA
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

A feast of the sounds of Portugal, Cuba, Brazil, Spain and Africa all rolled up into one power-packed show. The band features Johnny Casquinha on lead vocals and guitar, Nicole Couto-Leite on backing vocals and piano, John Skuy  on vocals  and bass, Johan van der Merwe –and Ricjard Ellis on percussion, Tony Fisher on violin, mandolin and backing vocals, and  Graham Ellis on guitar and vocals. At 8pm today 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)

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)

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

 

 

 

 


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