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Film ratings are by Billy Suter or from Internet Movie Data Base. Theatre ratings are by Billy Suter.
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FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM SEPTEMBER 6
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Stars: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles
Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Stars: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma
Following a group of friends from university as they progress into middle-age life and go their own separate ways.
ANDRE RIEU: MAASTRICHT 2019 **
Stars: Andre Rieu and guests
The 15th edition of the conductor and violinist’s spectacular open-air concerts in his hometown of Maastricht. The evening concert on the most romantic square in the Netherlands – the Vrijthof in Maastrich – will see Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as guest soloists, offering waltzes, classical music, operetta and tunes from hit musicals. Screenings at Cinema Nouveau are scheduled for 7.45pm on Saturday and 2.30pm on Sunday.
AFTER THE WEDDING **
Director: Bart Freundlich
Stars: Michelle Wiliams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup
A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.
BACK OF THE MOON **
Director: Angus Gibson
Stars: Richard Lukunku, Moneoa Moshesh
A South African drama about a gangster who, on the last day of his life, finds something worth living for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS
SHALL WE DANCE
(Playhouse Opera theatre, Durban)
Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens have produced yet another spectacle of mostly Ballroom and Latin American dance in an extravaganza also offering varied other dance styles and a cast of more than 100 that comprises both professionals and students. The host is DJ Damon Beard. The season ends on September 15. (BS)
(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. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646. (BS)
(Barnyard Theatre, Suncoast Casino, Durban)
More than 60 years of hit songs feature in this party show spotlighting10 singers, musicians and dancers. Watch how the cast perform 20 songs from 20 different artists in a six-minute medley and how they achieve their ultimate goal of performing 101 hit songs in one show! Running until Septem ber 20, the show has 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)
LIZA AND FRIENDS
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban)
Tonya Koenderman, performing to backing tracks, salutes the hits and memories of Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner and others. 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)
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