2018 Film Releases In South Africa

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Upcoming Film Releases In South Africa in 2018

Information provided by the film distributors in South Africa: Ster Kinekor, Empire Entertainment Africa, UIP SA, and Black Sheep Films.  Dates subject to change, visit www.sterkinekor.comwww.cinemanouveau.co.za and www.numetro.co.za for cinemas where the films will be showing.    Report broken links

LATEST RELEASES / JUNE 2018

Upcoming Film Releases: July – September 2018

Listed Alphabetically

A SIMPLE FAVOR This mystery thriller centers on three small-town characters: a mom blogger (Anna Kendrick), her best friend (Blake Lively) who disappears suddenly and the latter’s husband (Henry Golding). The story includes betrayals and reversals, a dead body and the revolving question of who is duping whom. Directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Feig and Jessica Sharzer. It is an adaptation of Darcey Bell’s novel of the same name. Read more / Trailer Opens 21 September in SA

ADRIFT Based on the true story of survival, a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. A harrowing and heartbreaking real story based on Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s book. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas. Read moreTrailer / Opens 27 July in SA

Alpha2ALPHA While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group during the Ice Age, a young hunter is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone – he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack,he learns to rely on it, and they become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.  This historical drama is directed by Albert Hughes and written by Dan Wiedenhaupt. The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén. Trailer Read more /  Releases in South Africa on 17 August

AMERICAN ANIMALS Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen are four friends who live an ordinary existence in Kentucky. After a visit to Transylvania University, Lipka comes up with the idea to steal the rarest and most valuable books from the school’s library. As one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history starts to unfold, the men question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives are simply misguided attempts at achieving the American dream. Written and directed by Bart Layton. It stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 July

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy. It is the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by the writing teams of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. It stars Rudd as Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Van Dyne. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 July

AsinamaliASINAMALI Written and directed by Mbongeni Ngema, the film version of the seminal musical.  The narrative follows a group of prisoners in the 80s as they think back on their pasts and the events leading to their arrest. The hardship of prison life is told through the experiences of the inmates, whose lives are made even more difficult by sadistic prison warder Sergeant Mgwaqaza (Boitumelo Chuck Shisana). At the same time, the prison authorities are under pressure to accommodate Comrade Washington (Mbongeni Ngema), an exiled MK soldier working for Amnesty International, who is running drama workshops with the inmates at the notorious Durban Central Prison. He is thwarted at every turn by Mgwaqaza. Comrade Washington has an additional agenda, to see the love of his life Soweto (Danica de la Rey), who is languishing in the Female Section of the prison, soon to be transferred to death row in Pretoria for her MK cross-border activities. Washington believes in the power of music and theatre to transform the lives of people: the political activists, the criminals and even the hardened servants of the apartheid regime. Through sheer determination he outsmarts the prison authorities, manipulating those around him into allowing him to create a play which depicts how they came to land in prison. It represents triumph over adversity, with the theatrical musical explosion becoming their ticket to freedom.  Trailer / Read more / Releases in South Africa on 3 August

A.X.L In the vein of classic ’80s family movies Short Circuit and Flight Of The Navigator, A.X.L. is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara (Becky G), to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 August

BACK TO BURGANDY Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard in this tender tale of a new generation finding its own unique blend from acclaimed director Cédric Klapisch (L’Auberge Espagnole). Jean (Pio Marmaï), the black sheep of the family, unexpectedly returns home from a decade abroad to reconnect with his hospitalized father. He’s welcomed by his strong-willed sister, Juliette (Ana Girardot), who took over the reins of the vineyard after their father fell ill, and Jeremie (François Civil), the youngest of the three who has recently married into one of the region’s more prestigious wine families. Their father passes shortly after Jean’s return, leaving them with the estate and a looming inheritance tax of half a million dollars. As four seasons and two harvests go by, Jean, Juliette, and Jeremie have to learn to reinvent their relationship and trust in each other as they work to preserve the land that ties them together. French drama directed by Cédric Klapisch. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 20 July

CHARMING The animated musical comedy explores the untold stories of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty who discover that they are all engaged to the same Prince Charming. After a fairy spills a large amount of charm dust on Charming, Prince Charming, led by the heroine Lenore, a woman who is incapable of love, must go on an epic journey to find his one truest of loves. Directed and written by Ross Venokur. The film stars the voices by Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Avril Lavigne, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M., and Sia. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 17 August 

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Winnie-the-Pooh and friends reunite with old pal Christopher Robin — now an adult. Directed by Marc Forster, with a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Alex Ross Perry, and Allison Schroeder and from a story by Perry. The film is inspired by A. A. Milne’s book Winnie-the-Pooh and is a live-action/CGI continuation of the Disney franchise of the same name. The film will star Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, with Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, and Mark Gatiss in supporting roles, along with the voices of Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, and Sophie Okonedo. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 August

CLOVERFIELD MOVIE The story, set in the near future, centers on a team of astronauts on a space station making a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival. After a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated. Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival. Directed by Julius Onah, written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, and produced by J. J. Abrams. Trailer / TBC

CRAZY RICH ASIANS It follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her long-time boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.  Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.  It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.  Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.  And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Read more / Trailer Opens 17 August in SA.

DARKEST MINDS (IMAX) The film is a Young Adult/Sci-Fi Thriller that follows the story of Ruby Daly (Amandla Stenberg).  The world around her has taken a turn when kids start catching an incurable, mysterious virus.  The kids that don’t succumb to this illness discover that they have acquired unique abilities, which the government authorities have labelled with a color-coding:  those classified as Green have incredible, heightened intelligence, Blue can move objects with their thoughts, Gold can create and control electricity, Orange can control minds, memories, and emotions, and Red can create and control fire. With over 90% of the kids now wiped out, these remaining kids with special powers are taken to government-run camps where they are studied, controlled, and feared. Ruby first learns of her ability (an Orange) when she inadvertently erases her parents’ memories of her.  A devastated Ruby is sent away to a camp, using her power to become classified as a Green so that she isn’t further contained, or worse.  After several years in the camp, a doctor named Cate (Mandy Moore), who is part of a group acting against the government, sneaks Ruby out, but on their way to another location, Ruby escapes. On the run, Ruby meets three other kids, Chubs (a Green), Zu (a Gold), and Liam (a Blue).  The four embark on a road trip to find a rumoured safe haven created and run by other kids like them.  But once they find it, everything isn’t what it seems. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 August

DOWN A DARK HALL Five emotionally fragile teens are committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted girls. Mesmerized by the intense head mistress Madame Duret, they think they have found a place where they can finally flourish academically and artistically. The mystery deepens as they break through layer after layer of misdirection to discover the true, horrifying purpose of the school. Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution’s supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress. Directed by Rodrigo Cortés, starring Isabelle Fuhrman, Uma Thurman, Anna Sophia Robb. Read more / Trailer / Opens 17 August in SA

EQUALIZER 2 Robert McCall returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice — but how far will he go when it’s someone he loves?  Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk. It is a sequel to 2014 film The Equalizer, based on the TV series of the same name. The film stars Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 August

FAREWELL ELLA BELLA For Ella (24), the death of her alcoholic father leaves her with nothing but debt and the bitter memory of a complicated past. Abandoned by her mother at a young age, she has sacrificed her life, opportunities and love to care for a man she resents, but is now left adrift in the world after his passing. The re-emergence of her nomadic godfather, Neo (46), at her father’s cremation, gives Ella the opportunity to discover a better future for herself in Johannesburg. She also decides that she will bury his ashes at her childhood home in Jo’burg. Written and directed by Lwazi Mvusi. Cast: Jay Anstey, Sello Maake Kancube, Lionel Newton, Katlego Danke, Mary-Anne Barlow, Noluthando Meje. Trailer / Showing from 17 August

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Raya, and son Zak scrape a living together wrestling in tiny venues. When Raya and Zak get the chance to audition for the WWE, they learn that becoming superstars demands more than they ever dreamed possible. Directed by Stephen Merchant, starring Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn. Read moreTrailer / Opens 14 September in SA

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY In 1946 a London-based writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was German-occupied during WWII. Feeling compelled to visit the island, she starts to get a picture of what it was like during the occupation.Directed by Mike Newell, starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay. Read more/  Trailer / Opens 10 August in SA

THE HAPPY TIME MURDERS When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case. Directed by Brian Henson, starring Elizabeth Banks, Melissa McCarthy, Joel McHale. Read more / Trailer / Opens 31 August in SA

HOTEL ARTEMIS A woman known as the Nurse runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals in a riot-torn, near future Los Angeles. Science-fiction action film written and directed by Drew Pearce. With Jodie Foster. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 August

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION Join the monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 31 August

THE HUSTLE A a female-centered remake of the 1988 comedy, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, in which two down-and-out con artists engage in a “loser leaves town” contest. Directed by Chris Addison, starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson. Read moreTrailer / Opens 6 July in SA

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success. Directed by David Kerr. Written by William Davies. Read more / TrailerReleases in South Africa on 21 September    

KINGS Millie is a hardworking, tough and protective Los Angeles single mother with an affection for homeless children. Her neighbor Obie is the local loose cannon — and the only white man — in an area largely inhabited by African-Americans, Latinos and Koreans. With racial tensions running high, Millie and Obie appear to be unlikely allies. But following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, the two of them must navigate the gathering chaos in the city. With Halle Berry and Daniel Craig. Written and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 13 July

LIFE & NOTHING MORE The second feature from Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza sensitively chronicles the everyday life of an African American family in northern Florida and their struggle to stay afloat in a society that marginalizes them. Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza, with Regina Williams, Ry’nesia Chambers. Read more Trailer / Opens 20 July in SA

LOOKING FOR LOVE Following a disastrous drunken display at her younger sister’s wedding, 38-year-old Buyi has her parents worried that she’s wasting her life working meaningless jobs. Her parents insist that she take her head out of the clouds and focus on finding herself a good man and settle down. Buyi is gutted. She returns from KwaZulu-Natal feeling hopeless about her love situation. Where is a heavyset black woman going to find a man in South Africa? Desperate, she reluctantly allows her sexy best friend, Lindi to help find her a man in the exclusive ‘man market.’ Between questionable concoctions, a quirky magician with a cat obsession, and a sex addict that can’t get enough of a big butt, Buyi quickly loses hope of finding Mr. Right. A hilarious, heart-warming story of acceptance and hope. Directed by Adze ugah, screenplay by Chinaka Iwunze. A new local romantic comedy that stars Celeste Ntuli  Trailer / TBC

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker.  Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.  Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes also serve as executive producers. Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya.  Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna.  Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful).  Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends). With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver). Read more / Trailer / Showing from 20 July

Mary-Magdalene-Movie-Wallpapers-7MARY MAGDALENE is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett and directed by Garth Davis. Trailer / Read more / TBC

MARY SHELLEY Mary Wollstonecraft’s (Elle Fanning) family disapproves when she and poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth) announce their love for each other. The family is horrified when it finds that the couple has eloped, accompanied by Mary’s half-sister, Claire (Bel Powley) . While staying in the home of Lord Byron at Lake Geneva, the guests are challenged to write a ghost story, which leads Mary to conceive her novel “Frankenstein.”  Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour,  based on an original screenplay by Australian screenwriter Emma Jensen. It is about writer Mary Shelley’s first love and romantic relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired Mary to write Frankenstein. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 August

MEG (3D and IMAX) In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside.  With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon.  What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature.  Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time. Directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy. Read moreTrailer / Opens 10 August in SA

MILE 22 An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. Directed by Peter Berg, starring Lauren Cohan, Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich. Read more /  Trailer / Opens 7 September in SA

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT Ethan Hunt and his IMF team find themselves in a race against time after a mission goes wrong. Written, directed and co-produced by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series and stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Harris who all reprise their roles from previous films. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 27 July

THE NEW MUTANTS Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Magik, Wolfsbane and other teenage mutants try to come to grips with their superpowers while staying at a secret facility. This superhero horror is based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men series. The film is directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee. With Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga.  Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa: TBC 

NIGHT SCHOOL Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. Director: Malcolm D. Lee Writers: Kevin Hart & Harry Ratchford & Joey Wells & Matt Kellard and Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg. Read more / Trailer / Releases in South Africa on 28 September 

THE NUMBER The film is inspired by Jonny Steinberg’s award-winning non-fiction book, ‘The Number’, with its big screen adaptation by Paul Ian Johnson revealing the origins of the fearsome numbers gangs that operate in prisons throughout South Africa.  it tells the extraordinary tale of the nigh-impossible redemption of high-ranking Magadien, a Magistrate of the 28’s, one of the notorious Numbers prison gangs.  It charts his journey as a man who finds his humanity –  from being a hardened prisoner, loyal to his gang, to him turning his back on them and the criminal way of life; to choosing his family and building a relationship with his son. It stars Mothusi Magano in the lead as Magadien, Warren Masemola, Sihle Xaba, Presley Chwenegyagae, Lemogang Tsipa, Kevin Smith, and Deon Lotz. Directed by Khalo Matabane, from a screenplay by Paul Ian Johnson.  Showing from 10 August

THE NUN When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate.  Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret.  Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. Directed by Corin Hardy, starring Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope. Read more / Trailer / Opens 7 September in SA

OPERATION FINALE Secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust. Directed by Chris Weitz, with Oscar Isaac, Joe Alwyn, Mélanie Laurent, Antonia Desplat, Lior Raz. Read more /  Opens 28 September in SA

PapillonPAPILLON Based on the international best-selling autobiography, it follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship. Directed by Michael Noer. It is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. The original film was written by Dalton Trumbo based on the best-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. Trailer / Read more / Releases in South Africa on 19 October.

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POLAROID High school loner Bird Fitcher finds a vintage Polaroid camera that holds dark and mysterious secrets. She soon realizes that those who get their picture taken by it meet a tragic and untimely death. Horror directed by Lars Klevberg, based on his 2014 short film of the same name. Starring Kathryn Prescott, Mitch Pileggi, Grace Zabriskie, Tyler Young. Trailer / Read more / TBC

 

THE PREDATOR (3D and IMAX) Soldiers join forces to battle a vicious extra-terrestrial that hunts humans in a suburban neighbourhood. Directed by Shane Black, starring  Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn. Read more / TrailerOpens 14 September in SA

SEARCHING  The film is shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. Told entirely from a computer screen, David Kim discovers that his daughter, Margot, is missing. As he searches through her web history and interviews people who were supposedly close with her, he begins to learn that his daughter was not as perfect as she seemed. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty. Starring John Cho and Debra Messing. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 August

Show-Dogs-movie-2SHOW DOGS Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. Directed by Raja Gosnell from an original screenplay by Max Botkin. Trailer / Read more / Showing from 6 July

 

 

SKYSCRAPER Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.  On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.  A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas, Central Intelligence). Read more / Trailer / Releases in South Africa on 13 July

SMALLFOOT An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. Voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick. Trailer Opens 28 September in SA

SNOW QUEEN 3: FIRE AND ICE Kai and Gerda’s family possess a special talent for getting in trouble. When they become adults, Kai and Gerda decide to go in search of Gerda’s parents, although they will have to tackle a lot of problems along the way. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 27 July

STROOMOP tells the story of five women being tossed about by life’s rough waters and drowning in their own lives. Together they not only have to fight tears, fears and pain, but they must also fight for survival in this exciting white river rafting adventure on the Orange River. The film offers hilarious laugh-out-loud moments that make you realise that sometimes you simply have to accept your circumstances and make the most of it. In fact, sometimes you will have to swim against the current to discover that you are more than enough, and that you possess everything you need to overcome what the river of life may float your way. Donnalee Roberts plays Lana, a surgeon with a tragic past. Simoné Nortmann is Vivian, a data analyst living a lie. Adrie, played by Chanelle de Jager, has tons of potential, but she has lost herself somewhere between marriage and motherhood.  Ilse Klink plays Diona, a strong-willed family lawyer, who has spent years helping other families, but have neglected her own in the process. Armand Aucamp, famous for his roles in Ballade vir ’n EnkelingDie Boekklub 1 and 2 and Knapsekêrels stars as the river guide, Guy. Award-winning actor, screenwriter, producer and television presenter (Fliek Foendies on kykNET) Ivan Botha’s long-awaited directorial debut. Showing from 10 August.

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME A pair of friends embark on an espionage adventure after one of them finds out her ex is a spy. Directed by Susanna Fogel, starring Justin Theroux, Mila Kunis, Sam Heughan. Read moreTrailer / Opens 24 August in SA

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES  When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big!  “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is!  But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick.  If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them.  With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream.  But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry.  The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line! Directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, voices of Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton. Read more /  Trailer / Opens 27 July in SA

THE TITAN Hotshot Air Force pilot, Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington), is chosen for a military experiment that will create a human being capable of surviving the harsh environments of Saturn’s moon, TITAN. The experiment is successful, turning Rick into a super-human, but it also creates deadly side-effects which threatens the life of Rick, his wife and family, and possibly humanity itself. Trailer / Read more / Releases in South Africa on 21 September

 

UPGRADE A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life. Australian science fiction action body horror written and directed by Leigh Whannell (SAW, Insidious). It stars Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 31 August

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back. …. And though he loves his grandpa he wants his room back – so he has no choice but to declare war. ..directed by Tim Hill, based on the novel of same name by Robert Kimmel Smith. Trailer / Read more /TBC

 

THE WIFE The faithful wife of a famous New York novelist decides to leave her husband on the eve he’s scheduled to receive a prestigious literary prize. The life-altering decision unearths the many dark secrets of their marriage. Directed by Björn Runge and written by Jane Anderson, based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. It stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 August