Film & Stage Rating (Aug30-Sep5)

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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A scene from Good Boys.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM AUGUST 30

GOOD BOYS ***
Director:  Gene Stupnitsky
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L Williams, Brady Noon

Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD ***
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
OVERCOMER ***
Director: Alex Kendrick
Stars: Alex Kendrick, Shari Rigby, Aryn Wright-Thompson
A high-school basketball coach volunteers to coach a troubled teen in long-distance running.
IT: CHAPTER 2 ***
Director: Andy Muschietti
Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying clown, Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
RAFIKI **
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Stars: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji
Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives, it is said – but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
SAAHOU **
Director: Sujeeth
Stars: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Mandira Bedi
The tale of a power battle in the higher echelons of power, unrelated and unconnected episodes occurring in different parts of the globe. They intertwine in an unforeseen manner to a revelation of mind games.

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A scene from the photo-realistic remake of The Lion King.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

TOY STORY 4 ****
Director: Josh Cooley
Stars: Tom Hanks, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Jemma Badenhorst in ’80s to Now at the Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino,

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

WOODSTOCK
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof

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, until September 8). 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)

CAT SIMONI: WINE, WOMAN AND SONG
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)

Westville-raised Simoni, who is now based in the Cape, presents a new cabaret inspired by her recent tour to Europe’s jazz festivals and clubs. She describes the show as a personal salute to her favourite, wine-drenched composers and artists. From a tipsy Johann Strauss’s title song spiced with Cat’s own teasing lyrics, to Marianne Faithful’s timeless Ballad of Lucy Jordan and the Janis Joplin classic Mercedes Benz, the show has something for everyone. Also on the songsheet are tributes to The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Chrissie Hynde, Chris de Burgh, Cher, Edith Piaf, Melina Mercouri, Shania Twain, Queen, The Pogues, Jaques Brel, Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Etta James, Adele and Amy Winehouse. Wine, Woman and Song is devised and directed by Paul Spence. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31, and 2pm on Sunday, September 1. Admission is R150 a head (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. (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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