Film & Stage Rating (Aug 23-29)

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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Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in Angel Has Fallen.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM AUGUST 23

THE LEHMAN TRYLOGY ****
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Ben Miles

A National Theatre Live offering, bringing the best of British theatre to local cinema. The story of a family and a company that changed the world, the film has Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, King Lear) directing Simon Russell Beale (King LearThe Tragedy of King Richard the Second), Adam Godley (Suits, Breaking Bad) and Ben Miles (The Crown) in Ben Power’s English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play. Screenings at Cinema Nouveau cinemas are at 7.30pm on Saturday, 2.30pm on Sunday and 7.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

APOCALYSE NOW: FINAL CUT ****
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall

The classic 1979 war drama gets a new director’s cut. It centres on a US Army officer serving in Vietnam, who is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

ANGEL HAS FALLEN ***
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Stars: Gerard Butler, Piper Perabo, Morgan Freeman

Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat.

47M DOWN: UNCAGED **
Director: Johannes Roberts
Stars: Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju

Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they have entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.

ANDER MENS ***
Director: Quentin Krog
Stars: Bennie Fourie, Marlee van der Merwe and Frank Opperman

A South African comedy about a series of unfortunate events that happen to a very unfortunate and mediocre man. It all starts for Daniel Niemand when his wife leaves him for their marriage counsellor and he unknowingly becomes integral in a high-level police ploy to capture a local crime syndicate.

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD **
Director: James Bobin
Stars: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michaelk Pen a

Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

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A scene from The Lion King, featuring the voices of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala and Donald Glover as Simba.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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.

THE KITCHEN ***
Director: Andrea Berloff
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss

The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison.

MISSION MANGAL ***
Director: Jagan Shakti
Stars:Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha

Based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT ***
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra

In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

THE LION KING ***
Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, John Kani

The photo-realistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated musical hit about a lion cub’s life lessons as he journeys from infancy to adulthood.

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.

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.

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.

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS HOBBS AND SHAW ***
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, David Statham, Idris Elba

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE ***
Director: Wayne Roberts
Stars: Johnny Depp, Rosemarie DeWitt, Odessa Young

Also known as The Professor, this film tells of a college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN ***
Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried

Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK ***
Director: Andre Ovredal
Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush

A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives.

HER ONLY CHOICE **
Director: Christel Gibson
Stars: Jamaal Avery jnr, Christopher Bates, Veronica Blakney

A woman is faced with a choice to fight for her life or sacrifice it for another. After years of infertility, a newly-expectant mother is diagnosed with a life-altering disease.

NERKONDA PAARVAI ***
Director: H Vinoth
Stars: Vidya Balan, Ajith Kumar, Shraddha Srinath

When three young women are implicated in a crime, a retired lawyer steps forward to help them clear their names

JABARIYA JODI **
Director:
Stars: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra

Based on tales of groom kidnappings in Bihar, where a groom is kidnapped to avoid dowry, this film has Sidharth Malhotra playing a thug who helps kidnap grooms.

PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE *
Director: Lino SiSalvo
Stars: Dino Andrade, Gabriel Bateman, Ian James Corlett

Animated feature film inspired by the Playmobil brand toys.

CRAWL **
Director: Aexandre Aja
Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

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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NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

Cast members of ’80s to Now at Sibaya Casino’s Rockwood Theatre.

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

Staged every year to great success, this is Durban band The Reals’ fine salute to the memory of the great ’60s music festival that offered three days of music and peace. Also featuring guest singer Marion Loudon, the show has final Durban performances this weekend before a short run at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof. Tickets cost R150 each. Performances at 2pm on Friday, 8pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Book at  Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646. (BS)

SMASH HIT RADIO
(Barnyard Theatre, Suncoast Casino, Durban)

A fine music show for all age groupd – from Louis Armstrong to Ed Sheeran, from Elton John to Lynyrd Skynyrd, UB40 to Bob Segar. The show also pays tribute to Toto, Donna Summer, Th Four Tops, Earth, Wind and Fire, Etta James, Glenn Miller, Cher and others. 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)

WILLIAM SAINTS CHOIR & STORMY MONDAY BAND
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

A show covering music from Bach to The Beatles, featuring The Williams Saints Ladies’ Choir, based in the Upper Highway area, backed by The Stormy Monday Band. This versatile and feisty group of 20 singers, originally founded in 1982, offers songs associated with Pachelbel,Mozart, Bach, The Carpenters, Laurika Rauch, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Pat Benatar, T-Rex, The Cars, David Bowie, Suzi Quatro, The Doors, Joan Armatrading. Tickets cost R150 each. Performances are at 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Book at  Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646. (BS)

‘80S TO NOW
(Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga)

A salute to the music of such stars as Yazoo, Depeche Mode, Human League, Adele, Wham, Bob Marley, Bon Jovi,  Alanis Morrissette and many 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. 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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