Film & Stage Ratings (Oct 18-24)

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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Angelina Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

FILMS NEW ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS – FROM OCTOBER 18

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL ***
Director: Joachim Ronning
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson

Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play

LIGHT OF MY LIFE***
Director: Casey Affleck
Stars: Casey Afleck, Anna Pniowsky, Tom Bower

Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world’s population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.

THE STORY OF RACHELTJIE DE BEER ***
Director:  Matthys Boshoff
Stars: Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Antoinette Louw

South African wilderness 1800s. Five years after their mother died, Rachel, a girl on the cusp of adolescence and five-year-old Jamie, find themselves on their way to the virgin gold fields with their father, Herman, as he tries to start a new life. When Jamie goes missing in a freak snow blizzard, Rachel braves the storm to look for her little brother.

LAAl KAPTAAN ***
Director: Naveep Singh
Stars: Saif Ali Khan

An Indian drama, set in the late 18th century which follows one man on a tumultuous journey full of drama, revenge and deceit.

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Joaquin Phoenix gives an Oscar-worthy performance in Joker.

FILMS STILL ON CIRCUIT IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

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

A gritty, dark character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, who goes on to become Joker, arch enemy of Batman. It is more psychological thriller than cartoon caper, and while receiving mixed reviews gets my vote as one of the best films of this year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Cape Town drag icon Lilly Slaptsilli gives three performances in Durban this weekend – in her debut standup comedy, I’m Gagging.

NOW ON STAGE IN DURBAN AND SURROUNDS

LILLY SLAPTSILLI: I‘M GAGGING
 (Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo)

Cape Town lip-sync drag queen Lilly Slaptsilli returns with much stand-up comedy show and some lip-sync. A hilarious show, a weekly draw in Cape Town since December, it has leggy Lilly milking laughs from everything from Cape kugels  and beggars to luggage and airport shenanigans. Lots that is naughty. Great fun. Friday is sold out so tickets available for 8pm Saturday and 4.30pm Sunday only (the rugby will be shown at the theatre on Sunday as well).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)

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


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