Film & Stage Rating (July 2-18)

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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Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in Stuber.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM JULY 12

STUBER **
Director: Michael Dowse
Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino

A comedy-drama in which a detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure

SUPER 30 **
Director: Vikas Bahl
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi

This Indian film is based on the life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar, who runs the famed Super 30 programme for IIT aspirants in Patna.

CHILD’S PLAY **
Director: Lars Klevberg
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Brian Tyree Henry

A remake of the 1998 horror film in which a mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

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A scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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A moment from Celtic Rock at Durban Barnyard Theatre at Suncoast Casino.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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)

OUR SONG
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

This show, inspired by the life and character of Nelson Mandela, has pianist, composer and arranger Burton Naidoo transcribing some of Mandela’s’ most iconic speeches and creating a musical backdrop for them. Burton has also written new compositions to compliment the performance. Written for solo piano and track, the audience can expect speeches from the Livonia Trial, Praise singing from Sthembile Mlangeni and Zolani Mkhiva at the inauguration, as well as Mr FW De Klerks announcement to free Nelson Mandela at Parliament, 1990. 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)

THE RATS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo, Durban)
Durban singer Anthony Stonier presents hits associated with ‘Rat Pack’ members Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra. Performance at 2pm on Sunday only. 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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