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.    

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Films released in South Africa January 2018 – November 10, 2018

Upcoming Film Releases: November 2018 – March 2019

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3 DAYS TO GO No matter how long it has been since you last saw your relatives, meeting up at family gatherings – especially funerals – can lead to drama and more drama. This typical, and often very emotional, scenario is also the inspiration behind award-winning producer Bianca Isaac’s directorial debut, 3 Days To Go, which puts family relationships in the spotlight!  Read more / Showing from 25 January, 2019

 

A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. It is the eleventh and final installment of the Madea film series, and stars Perry in several roles, including as the titular character. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 March

AD ASTRAAD ASTRA This epic sci-fi adventure follows astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) , an Army Corps engineer who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.  His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. Directed by James Gray, and written by Gray and Ethan GrossRead more / Trailer / Showing from 11 January, 2019

alita-battle-angel-_6016956ALITA:  BATTLE ANGEL From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), comes an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. In this cyberpunk action film Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, and is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Read moreTrailer / Showing from 15 February 2019

aquaman_0AQUAMAN From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breath-taking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role.  The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king. The film also stars Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry. Directed by James Wan, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, from a story by Wan, Beall, and Geoff JohnsRead moreTrailer / Showing from 21 December

BEAUTIFUL BOYBEAUTIFUL BOY Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heart-breaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan.directed by Felix Van Groeningen, in his English-language feature debut. The screenplay, written by Luke Davies and Van Groeningen, is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. Read more /  Trailer / Showing from 11 January 2019

_DSC9362.ARWBEN IS BACK 19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe. Ben is Back also stars Courtney B. Vance (The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird). Written and directed by Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green).  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 December

BLINDSPOTTINGBLINDSPOTTING Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity. Written, produced by and starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal.[2] Carlos López Estrada directs.Casal and Diggs, childhood friends in real-life, wrote the screenplay in the mid-2000s, initially to speak for the city of Oakland which they felt was often misrepresented in film. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 4 January, 2019

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODYBOHEMIAN RHAPSODY It charts Queen’s extraordinary story, from the band’s roots as bright London college students, to the dazzling heights of international stardom, when they filled stadiums across the world at record-breaking concerts, including the legendary 1985 performance at Live Aid, which was watched by a global audience of 1.9 billion and raised money for the famine in Ethiopia. As the story unfolds, it becomes crystal clear why the band had such lasting appeal. Freddie Mercury is played brilliantly by Rami Malek, and also stars Gwilym Lee (Jamestown, Midsomer Murders) who plays Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy (East Enders, X-Men Apocalypse) as drummer Roger Taylor, and Joe Mazzello (Jurassic Park, Justifed) as bass guitarist John Deacon.  Infused with indelible Queen songs, the film highlights the dynamics of the trailblazing band both on and off stage – how audiences enthusiastically joined in ‘We Will Rock You,’ taking over from the band members themselves who watched their fans in awe.  It was directed by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher, written by Anthony McCartenWatch Trailer / Feature: A celebration of Queen’s music and lead singer Freddie Mercury’s extraordinary life. / The film releases in South Africa on 30 November

BOOKSHOP2THE BOOKSHOP England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? An elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community. Written and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), based on the novel of the same name by Penelope Fitzgerald‘s acclaimed novel. Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 16 November

BOY ERASED tells the story of Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. “Boy Erased” is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity. Written and directed by Joel Edgerton. With Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Cherry Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Joe Alwyn, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, Madelyn Cline, Britton Sear. Read more / Trailer / Showing from February 2019

BUMBLEBEE On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. Directed by Travis Knight from a screenplay by Christina Hodson. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Ian Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Grace Dzienny. It is the sixth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a prequel to 2007’s Transformers. Read moreTrailer / Showing from 21 December

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir,  the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) who made her living in the 1970s and ‘80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.  When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). Read more / Trailer / Opens 8 February 2019

CAPTAIN MARVEL Set in 1995, it follows a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot (Brie Larson) , as she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes and joins Starforce, an elite Kree military team, before returning home with new questions about her past and identity when the Earth is caught in the center of an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds.  Based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Meg LeFauveNicole PerlmanGeneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive, and Carly Mensch also contributing to the screenplay.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 March

COLLETTECOLLETTE After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 December 

creed-1280-1536691205241_1280wCREED 2 Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.Under guidance from Rocky Balboa, boxing phenom Adonis Johnson prepares for a bout against the son of Ivan Drago — the former Russian fighter who killed his father in the ring years earlierDirected by Steven Caple Jr., screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker. With Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren.  Read more / Trailer / Opens 30 November 

DOMINEE TINIE (PASTOR TINIE) After sixteen years as the pastor of the mother church, Tienie Benade (Frank Opperman) is confronted with a steep decline in the number of churchgoers and a modern society that is rapidly changing. Do clergymen, or even the church, still have a role to play in this world? He is trying his best to adapt and make sense of the changes, but, in the process, he is alienating his wife and children. After an incident with a dying vagrant, Tienie finds himself at a crossroads. Would he be able to regain his self-confidence and win back the love of his family and would he be brave enough to provide guidance to his congregation in this new era? Based on the play by Dana Snyman. Written and directed by Sallas de JagerRead more / Trailer / Showing from 25 January

elliot-the-littlest-reindeer-post2ELLIOT:  THE LITTLEST REINDEER A good-hearted miniature horse (voice of Josh Hutcherson) dreams of pulling Santa’s sleigh. He gets the chance to audition when a reindeer retires, but troubles on his farm force him to choose between saving Christmas or helping his best friends. Jennifer Westcott wrote and directed this animated film, which also features the voices of Samantha Bee, Martin Short, John Cleese, Morena Baccarin, and Jeff Dunham. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 14 December

DUMPLIN’ Dumplin’ (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. Directed by Anne Fletcher. Read moreShowing from 4 January

the-favourite-poster-xlTHE FAVOURITE The story focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, from an original screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 February

FINAL SCORE After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.directed by Scott Mann and written by David T. Lynch. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 February

FRANK AND FEARLESSFRANK & FEARLESS Set in Africa, the movie takes you on a thrilling adventure as a loveable old man, Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster), and a ten year old rural African boy, Fearless (Themba Ntuli), set out to kidnap the ambassador of a South-East Asian country in an attempt to stop rhino slaughter. They are joined on this mission by two four-legged friends; Reini a baby rhino whose mother was killed by poachers and Fearless’s big and faithful black dog called Dog. When things go terribly wrong, they have no choice but to take on a platoon of merciless poachers, who are led by the terrifying ranger turned poacher, Dolf (Kenneth Nkosi), with whom Sonny has a past. The emotional heart, of course, stems from the characters’ individual journeys. Directed by Gray Hofmeyr from a screenplay by Leon Schuster and Hofmeyr. Read more / TrailerShowing from 23 November

THE FRONT RUNNER Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for director Jason Reitman in this new thrilling drama that follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Directed by Jason Reitman, based on the 2014 book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, written by Matt Bai. Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Bai and Jay Carson. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 February

GLASS  M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. Written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film is a sequel to Shyamalan’s previous films Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), cumulatively forming the Unbreakable series, also known as the “Eastrail 177” trilogy. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 18 January

GREEN BOOK  A bouncer at a New York nightclub (Viggo Mortensen) takes a job as a famed black pianist’s (Donald Walbridge Shirley) chauffeur during a tour in the American Deep South, forging a close friendship while navigating the deep racism of the region. The film is named for The Negro Motorist Green Book, usually referred to as “The Green Book”, a segregation-era road travel guidebook to help African-Americans dealing with racial discrimination issues and Jim Crow laws, such as whites-only garages, restaurants and hotels refusing services.  Directed by Peter Farrelly, the screenplay was written by Lip’s son Nick Vallelonga, as well as Farrelly and Brian Hayes Currie. The film gets its title from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American roadtrippers, written by Victor Hugo Green. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 February

grinchTHE GRINCH For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic.  The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.  The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all. Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, it is the third screen adaptation of the story, following the 1966 TV special of the same name and the 2000 live-action feature-length also of the same name. It is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow.  Read more /  Trailer / Showing from 7 December

HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U Two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman re-enters the time loop to determine why she was entered into it in the first place. She must also face a revenge-seeking Lori, who has been resurrected by the power of the time loop. Written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 February

HOLMES AND WATSON  Detective Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell)  and Dr. John Watson (John C. Reilly) join forces to investigate a murder at Buckingham Palace. They soon learn that they have only four days to solve the case, or the queen will become the next victim. Written and directed by Etan Cohen. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 February. 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind. Loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell, it is a sequel to 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon and 2014’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, and is the third and final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the film stars the voices of Jay BaruchelCate BlanchettCraig Ferguson. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 February

HUNTER KILLERHUNTER KILLER Action-thriller. An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. Directed by Donovan Marsh and written by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss, based on the 2012 novel Firing Point by Don Keith & George Wallace. With Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 23 November in SA.

 

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on James Baldwin‘s novel.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 25 January

Instant-Family-Movie-TrailerINSTANT FAMILY Hoping to start a family, Pete and Ellie (Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne) turn to the foster care system to make their dream come true. The couple soon learn the joys and frustrations of parenthood when they decide to adopt three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl.Co-written, co-produced and directed by Sean Anders. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 December 

 

I still see youI STILL SEE YOU Bella Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with a mysterious classmate, Kirk, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead—and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer. Directed by Scott Speer, with Bella Thorne, Dermot Mulroney, Louis Herthum. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 23 November

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART Five years after its predecessor, the Duplo invaders have made Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland as a result of Finn’s father allowing his younger sister to play with him in the basement. Emmet is completely unaffected by this dramatic change and pretends everything is still awesome, unlike everyone else, who have been toughened and hardened, making them ready for more fighting. When an intergalactic invader named Sweet Mayhem comes from outer space and kidnaps his girlfriend Wyldstyle and his friends, Wyldstyle’s ex-boyfriend Batman, MetalBeard, Princess Unikitty and Benny, Emmet’s master building skills are put to the ultimate test. He must use them to travel to space and rescue his friends, defeat Sweet Mayhem, and restore harmony to Bricksburg and the rest of the Lego Universe, with help from a new friend, Rex Dangervest. The direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014), it is the fourth film in the franchise, set to follow the releases of both of the first film’s spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie (both released in 2017). It is being directed by Mike Mitchell[1] and co-directed by Trisha Gum, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (writers and directors of the first film) returning as producers and co-writers. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 March

LUIS AND THE ALIENS Growing up as half-orphan with an Ufologist-Dad (Armin Sonntag) who’s obsessed to prove to the whole world that alien exist, 12-year-old Luis hasn’t had an easy and certainly not a normal life. As nobody believes Armin Sonntag, not even Luis, it’s quite a big surprise when one day, three awkward little aliens (Mog, Nag and Wabo) crash-land right in front of Luis. Excited and without bias, Luis wants to show his Dad his discovery and finds out that his father would ‘shockfrost’ his new friends. Meanwhile the school principal suspects that Luis cannot be getting the attention and upbringing from his father that the boy needs and decides that Luis should be sent to a boarding school. A wild adventure starts where Luis and his friends from outer space try to reach the huge mothership, to bring the aliens home. And perhaps Luis should just leave with them to get away from all these problems here on Earth… Read more / Trailer / Showing from 4 January.

MARY POPPINS2MARY POPPINS RETURNS Set in 1930s London, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children, Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh), and Georgie (Joel Dawson), and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters). After Michael’s wife’s death, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep).Directed by Rob Marshall, with a screenplay by David Magee, songs by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, from a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca. Based on the book series by P. L. Travers and a sequel film to 1964’s Mary Poppins. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 December

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Based on John Guy‘s biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart.The film is directed by Josie Rourke and adapted by Beau Willimon. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous character and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and chronicles the 1569 conflict between their two countriesRead more / Trailer / Showing from 1 March

MATWETWE (Wizard) Matwetwe (Wizard) is a coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over the course of one action packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a king pin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious and sometimes very serious escapade. Written and directed by Kagiso Lediga.  Read more/ Trailer / Showing from 25 January 

mortal-engines-trailer-893894MORTAL ENGINES Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved.  Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns.  Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar).  Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. This tartling, new epic adventure is directed by Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong).  Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay.  The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic. Read more Trailer / Showing from 14 December

the-muleTHE MULE Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive.  Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel.  He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler.  But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates.  And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him. “The Mule” marks Oscar-winner Eastwood’s first time on both sides of the camera since he starred in 2009’s critically acclaimed “Gran Torino.”. Produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also plays the lead role, and written by Nick SchenkRead more / Trailer / Showing from 18 January 2019

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. Written and directed by David Lowery, based on the true-life story of Forrest Tucker, a career criminal and prison escape artist. The script is based on David Grann‘s 2003 article in The New Yorkertitled “The Old Man and the Gun”, which was later collected in Grann’s 2010 book The Devil and Sherlock HolmesRead more / Trailer / From 11 January

ON THE BASIS OF SEX An inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) as she teams with her husband Marty (Arnie Hammer) to bring a ground breaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.  Based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 25 January 2019

THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking at the best of times, and that doubles up when you add in the spine-tingling idea of moving bodies around at a morgue. But for Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell), things get even stranger. Reed, fresh out of rehab after some unspecified “issues”, is working the graveyard shift in the morgue when she takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver. The body belongs to Hannah Grace (Kirby Johnson), whose family had been trying to perform an exorcism on her when she perished.Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions and starts to suspect that the body may still be possessed by a ruthless demonic force. But is it all in her mind, or is this a truly supernatural threat? Diederik Van Rooijen directs this one, from a script by Brian Sieve and the cast also includes Grey Damon, Stana Katic, Louis Herthum and James A. Watson Jr. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 February

THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON On her 7th birthday, Princess Barbara discovers a magical book that transports her to Wonderland – an enchanted place filled with dragons and fantastic creatures. Animation film directed by Marina Nefedova. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 February

THE PRODIGY A mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy, with Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore, Jackson Robert Scott. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 February 2019

PUZZLEPUZZLE A woman (Kelly Macdonald) who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man (Irrfan Khan) for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.  Directed by Marc Turtletaub and written by Oren Moverman and Polly Mann, based on the 2010 Argentine film of the same nameRead more / Trailer / Showing from 30 November

wreck-it-ralph-2-trailer-daft-punk-920x584RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph  the story centers on Wreck-It Ralph’s adventures in the Internet data space when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade by Mr. Litwak, as he must find a replacement for the broken steering wheel of Sugar Rush. Along the way, Ralph and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, such as trendy algorithms and the Disney Princess lineup with The MuppetsStar WarsDisney AnimationMarvel Comics and Pixar characters. Directed by Rich MoorePhil Johnston Read more / Trailer / Showing from 30 November

RHYTHM SECTION A woman assumes a new identity to track down those responsible for the death of her family in a plane crash. Directed by Reed Morano and written by Mark Burnell and based on his novel of the same name. The film stars Blake Lively and Jude LawRead more/ Trailer / Showing from 22 February

robin-hood-movie-trailer-954747ROBIN HOOD Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance. directed by Otto Bathurst and written by Ben Chandler and David James Kelly, from a story by Chandler and based on the tale of Robin Hood. Read more /  Trailer / Showing from 28 December 2018

second actSECOND ACT A comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act. Directed by Peter Segal and written by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. Read more /  Trailer / Showing from 14 December

DIE SEEMEEU Christiaan Olwagen (Johnny is nie Dood nie, Kanarie) adapts Anton Chekhov’s classic play, The Seagull, to film, and places it in South Africa in the 1990’s, almost one hundred years after it was written. Each of Chekhov’s skillfully drawn characters – the vain and self-absorbed theatre diva Irene (Sandra Prinsloo); her ailing and ageing brother Piet (Marius Weyers); the self-doubting, insecure, lovelorn playwright and neglected son Konstant (Albert Pretorius); the naïve, ingenue Nina (Rolanda Marais); the gloomy, alcoholic, dope smoking Masha (Cintaine Schutte); the cheerful philosopher and witness to the drama Dr Eugene (Gerben Kamper); the brash farm manager Elias (Deon Lotz); his long suffering wife Paulina (Martelize Kolver); the puppy dog, poverty-stricken teacher Simon (Geon Nel); and the famous writer Boors (Alyzzander Fourie) – grapple with inner fears, longings, doubts, regrets, recriminations and miseries. All of them, of course, of their own making.Performed in Afrikaans, with English subtitles, the characters are easily recognised, yet appear as if they were written for this new setting.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 March

SEW THE WINTER TO MY SKIN A rousing, action-adventure-epic set in early 1950’s rural South Africa, chronicling the captivating chase and suspenseful capture of the native outlaw, John Kepe. This self-proclaimed “Samson of the Boschberg” inevitably became a political threat to the very fabric of the ruling colonial society. A South African Epic written and directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 February. 

SHOCK AND AWESHOCK AND AWE Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Joey Hartstone. The film stars Woody HarrelsonTommy Lee JonesJames MarsdenMilla Jovovich, and Jessica Biel, and follows a group of journalists at Knight-Ridder’s Washington Bureau, who investigate the reasons behind the Bush Administration‘s 2003 invasion of Iraq.   Read more / Trailer / Showing from 23 November

 

THE SISTERS BROTHERS From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, this reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents…and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli (Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California – a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity? It also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as learned scout John Morris and Riz Ahmed as fugitive chemist Hermann Kermit Warm. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 18 January

SPIDER-MANSPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE  Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.It is set in an alternate universe from Sony’s other Spider-Man properties, but introduces a shared multiverse. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, from a screenplay by Phil Lord. Read moreTrailer / Showing from 14 December

square-e1509035879357THE SQUARE Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Written and directed by Ruben Östlund. The film was entered into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it received positive reviews and won the Palme d’Or. It was subsequently selected for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It went on to win six European Film Awards, including Best Film; two Guldbagge Awards, including Best Director; and other honours. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy AwardsRead more / Trailer / Showing from 14 December

STATUS UPDATESTATUS UPDATE Ross Lynch (My Friend Dahmer) stars as Kyle Moore, a teenager who, after being uprooted by his parents’ separation and unable to fit into his new hometown, stumbles upon a magical app that causes his social media updates to come true. Also stars Olivia Holt, Rob Wriggle, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Instagram celebrity “The Fat Jewish”. Directed by Scott Speer, from a screenplay by Jason Filardi. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 30 November

DIE STROPERS (The Harvesters) South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love. Written and directed by Etienne Kallos, a Greek-South African Director. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 February

THE TURNING A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. Directed by Floria Sigismondi and executive produced by Steven Spielberg that is a modern adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 March

THE UPSIDE It is a remake of the French 2011 film The Intouchables which was itself inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo. A heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 February, 2019

 

 

WHAT MEN WANT Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what more she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world, until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest to the test. Directed by Adam Shankman. A remake of the 2000 film What Women Want. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 February

WHITE BOY RICK Rick Wershe is a single father who’s struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. Wershe sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his son, Rick Jr., to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. When young Rick gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself. Directed by Yann Demange and written by Andy Weiss, and Logan and Noah Miller. Based on a true story, the film stars Richie Merritt as Richard Wershe Jr., who in the 1980s became the youngest FBI informant ever at the age of 14. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 March

ZEROZERO Raj, a man of short stature dreams of dating a specific superstar. He doesn’t know what to expect in return, but what he does know is that true love comes in various forms. Indian romantic drama written by Himanshu Sharma and directed by Aanand L. Rai. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 December