Film & Stage Ratings (Oct 11-17)

CINEMA RATINGS
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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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Note: Latest Ster-Kinekor, Nu Metro and Suncoast CineCentre display ads for KwaZulu-Natal cinemas appear at the end of this post
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Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort in The Goldfinch.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM OCTOBER 11

THE GOLDFINCH ***
Director: John Crowley
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort

A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

BLESSERS ***
Director: Kumaran Naidu
Stars: Felex Badza, Menzi Biyela, Georgina Chang

A South African drama centred on Jacob Mofokeng (Kenneth Nkosi), a middle-aged businessman who has become accustomed to his routine, a life which includes his wife, Michelle (Sonia Mbele), his daughter, Natasha (Six Nyamane), his work and his fun. As a powerful CEO, with a big house, a successful spouse, a family and expensive recreational habits, Jacob feels like life will always be this easy. But will it?

PARASITE ***
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong

All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

ZULU WEDDING ***
Director: Lineo Sekeleoane
Stars: Nondumiso Tembe, Darrin Dewitt Henson,

Feisty choreographer Lungile will do a lot to avoid falling in love, and even more to avoid going home to South Africa, where she’s traditionally engaged to a king. However, when she meets her soulmate, Tex, she has to face her complicated past.

ADDAMS FAMILY 3D **
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz

An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.

GEMINI MAN **
Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth W#nstead, Cive Owen

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

THE SKY IS PINK **
Director: Shonali Bose
Stars:Zaira Wasim, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar

The love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with a Pulmonary fibrosis.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

Joaquin Phoenix as the dark title character in Joker, also starring Robert De Niro.

JOKER ***
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

This gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, who goes on to become Joker, arch enemy of Superman, has been receiving very mixed reviews. It has been labelled everything from disappointing to very good.

DOWNTON ABBEY ***
Director: Michael Engley
Stars: Maggue Smith, Imelda Stanton, Hugh Bonneville

The spinoff film from the hit British TV series picks up two years after the series ended in 2015, with the noble Yorkshire family and their faithful servants anticipating a visit by King George and Queen Mary. Expect scandal, kleptomania, an assassination attempt, a homosexual dalliance, and some secrets. A film laden with charm and nostalgia. (BS)

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. 

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.

HUSTLERS ***
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.

PAVAROTTI ***
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Spike Lee, Princess Diana, Stevie Wonder

A look at the life and work of opera legend. Luciano Pavarotti.

LATE NIGHT ***
Director: Nisha Ganatra
Stars: Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Mindy Kaling

A comedy-drama about a late-night talk show host who suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.

WAR **
Director: Siddharth Anand
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor

A thriller that follows an Indian soldier who is assigned to eliminate his former mentor, who had gone rogue.

BOTTOM OF THE 9TH **
Director: Raymond de Felitta
Stars: Sofia Vergara, Joe Manganiello, Denis O’Hare

After serving 17 years in prison for a violent mistake he made in his youth, a once-aspiring baseball player returns to his Bronx neighbourhood.

ROGER WATERS: US + THEM ***
Director: Sean Evans, Roger Waters
Stars: Roger Waters

A look at Roger Waters’ 2017-2018 concert tour. The film be shown at 2.30pm on Sunday at Imax at Gateway in Umhlanga.

ABOMINABLE **
Director: Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman
Stars: Charlie Bennet, Albert Tsai

Animated adventure about a magical yeti that must return to his family.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 **
Directors: Thurop vam Orman and John Rice
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones

An animated film in which the flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their feud to the next level.

RAMBO: LAST BLOOD **
Director: Adrian Grunberg
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal

He-man Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. Ho hum.

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.

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.

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Dave Starke pays tribute to the music and memories of Leonard Cohen at Durban;s Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo this weekend.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

DAVE STARKE: LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo)

Fine singer-guitarist Dave Starke will present his excellent tribute to the music and memories of Leonard Cohen at the Umbilo Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (October 11 and 12) and 2pm on Sunday (October 13). Tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

101 HITS
(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 October 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)

’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 show runs until November 10. 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)

THE CHAIN – THE FLEETWOOD MAC STORY
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof)

Hit Durban cover band The Reals, together with guest singer Samantha Landers and guest guitarist Colin Peddie, presenting another revival of The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story. The show will have nine performances between October 10 and 20 at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof. Tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. (BS)

THE SWINGING SIXTIES
(Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, Pietermaritzburg)

The Swinging Sixties, teaming Irish singer-musician Dave Monks and the versatile Marion Loudon, will reopen Pietermaritzburg’s newly refurbished RhumblowTheatre, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, with a performance at 2pm on Sunday, October 13. The show features hits associated with more than 20 popular artists. Tickets  cost R150 each. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 for bookings and any other information.

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


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