2018 Film Releases In South Africa

2018 releases

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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 / SEPTEMBER RELEASES

Upcoming Film Releases: October – December 2018

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STAR IS BORNA STAR IS BORN In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga).  She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight.  But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. In addition to playing Ally, Gaga, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson.  All the music is original and was recorded live. It is directed by Bradley Cooper.It marks the third remake of the original 1937 film, which was adapted into a 1954 musical and then remade as a 1976 rock musical with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Read moreTrailer / Showing from 12 October

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 28 December

anon1ANON In the near future, private memories are recorded and crime has almost ceased to exist. Sal Frieland (Clice Owen) is a detective in a world with no privacy, ignorance, or anonymity; where everyone’s lives are transparent, traceable, and recorded by the authorities; where crime almost ceases to exist.But in trying to solve a series of unsolved murders, he stumbles upon a young woman known only as “The Girl.” (Amanda Seyfried). She has no identity, no history and is invisible to the cops. Sal realizes this may not be the end of crime, and it could be the beginning of it. This British science fiction thriller film is directed and written by Andrew Niccol. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 16 November

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

assassinationnation_0HERO-USETHISASSASSINATION NATION High school senior Lily and her group of friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats just like the rest of the world. So, when an anonymous hacker starts posting details from the private lives of everyone in their small town, the result is absolute madness leaving Lily and her friends questioning whether they’ll live through the night. Written and directed by Sam Levinson, with Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Bill Skarsgård, Joel McHale, Colman Domingo, Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Anika Noni Rose. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 30 November

Baby-Mamas26BABY MAMAS It follows the daily lives of four (middle class) friends, played by Mosese, Mdoda, Dineo Ranaka and Kay Smith, as two of them struggle with the challenges that face single mothers, another finds out she’s pregnant, and the other grapples with the fallout of an abusive relationship. Four women share all their experiences on the joys and woes of being single Moms, while still searching for true love. This is a comedy drama revolving around the daily lives, loves and drama of four professional women who are all in different stages of their own real-life baby mama drama. A sisterhood develops among these four very different women, as they find in each other the strength and courage it will take to navigate the treacherous waters of the relationships, good and bad, that they have with the men in their lives.Directed by Stephina Zwane. TrailerShowing from 12 October

BAD TIMESBAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at a run-down hotel in Lake Tahoe in 1960s California. Over the course of a fateful night, they all get one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.Written and directed by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), with  Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm. Read moreTrailer / Showing from 9 November

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 2 November

_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 26 October

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, as well as Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne’s World) and Tom Hollander (Breathe, The Night Manager).

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.  We witness how their classic songs were created – from the ingenious and operatic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to the “stomp stomp clap” of their signature anthem ‘We Will Rock You’. The movie also focuses on the moving and complicated personal story of Freddie Mercury, the man, exploring his relationships, both with his muse, Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton, Murder on the Orient Express and Sing Street), who became a lifelong friend after they split up, and with the men in his life. It examines the band’s evolution, and later Freddie’s struggle with AIDS. Engrossing and fantastically entertaining, the film relates how the band shook the music world, rolling out hit after exciting hit, from ‘Killer Queen’ to ‘Another One Bites The Dust.’ It was directed by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher, written by Anthony McCartenWatch Trailer / Read more / 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 26 October

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 2 November in SA

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 

elliot-the-littlest-reindeer-post2ELLIOT:  THE LITTLEST REINDER 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

escapeplan2sylvesterstalloneESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES Years after Ray Breslin [Sylvester Stallone] fought his way out of the escape-proof prison called “The Tomb,” he’s organized a new top-notch, for-hire security force. But when one of his team members goes missing inside a computerized techno-terror battle-maze known as HADES, Breslin together with Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy) must now decipher a way to break into the world’s best hidden prison, release their kidnapped team, and make it out alive. Directed by Steven C. Miller. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 November

New look at Jude Law as Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2 Credit: Warner Bros

FANTASTIC BEASTS:  THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (3D and IMAX) The second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. It is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  Read more / Trailer / Opens 16 November in SA

FIRST MAN2FIRST MAN Based on the authorized biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” by James Hansen. NASA historian James R. Hansen got rare direct access to Armstrong, a test pilot-turned-astronaut who was so driven to reach the moon and play the role of American hero that he became known as “the Ice Commander.” Armstrong had a family tragedy before Apollo that turned him into this driven astronaut, and he became such a perfect hero that while Buzz Aldrin was announced to be the first man on the moon, NASA reversed its decision because Neil was regarded as more heroic. Armstrong returned from the moon as one of the most famous men on Earth but didn’t capitalize on it with a political career or endorsements. He reconnected with his family, shut out the world and became an intensely private man. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Screenplay by Josh Singer. With Ryan Gosling, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Pablo Schreiber. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 October

FORGIVENTHE FORGIVEN During his life sentence in post-apartheid South Africa, brutal murderer Piet Blomfield seeks redemption through meetings with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. British drama film based on the play The Archbishop and the Antichrist by Michael Ashton that tells a story involving Archbishop Desmond Tutu‘s search for answers during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and his meetings with the fictional character Piet Blomfeld. Forest Whitaker as Archbishop Desmond TutuEric Bana as Piet Blomfeld. Directed by Roland Joffé. Joffé also co-wrote the script with Ashton. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 October

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

Girl-In-The-Spiders-Web-Movie-TrailerTHE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB Swedish-American crime thriller directed by Fede Álvarez and written by Steven Knight, Álvarez and Jay Basu, based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz. The film, a reboot with different actors, is a sequel to David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the second installment in the American produced Millennium film series. The movie stars Claire Foy, and follows Salander as she tries to rescue and exact vengeance for battered women.Read more / Trailer / Showing from 9 November

Goosebumps 2GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN In the small town of Wardenclyffe on Halloween Night, two boys named Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam (Caleel Harris) find a manuscript in an abandoned house that was previously owned by R. L. Stine called “Haunted Halloween.” When they open it, they release Slappy (Avery Lee Jones) who plans create his own family, with the help of his Halloween monster allies. Now Sonny and Sam, alongside Sonny’s sister, Sarah (Madison Iseman), must work to thwart Slappy’s plot before all is lost. Directed by Ari Sandel and written by Rob Lieber. It is based on the children’s book series of the same name by R. L. Stine and a sequel to the 2015 film Goosebumps. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 October

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. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations.  When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.  To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheming threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one.  Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all? Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company.  With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food. Read more /  Trailer / Showing from 7 December

HALLOWEENHALLOWEEN 2018 Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity).  Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs. Directed by David Gordon Green, screenplay by David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Jeff Fradley. With Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle,Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 19 October

HATE YOU GIVETHE HATE U GIVE Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighbourhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. It is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.directed by George Tillman Jr. and written by Tina Mabry and Audrey WellsRead more /  Trailer / Showing from 19 October

Hell-Fest2HELL FEST On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest — a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground. Directed by Gregory Plotkin.  Screenplay Seth M. Sherwood, Blair Butler and Akela Cooper from a story by William Penick, Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco. Read more /Trailer / Showing from 12 October

House-With-A-Clock-In-Its-Walls-PosterTHE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in this magical adventure that tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead. It is directed by Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke. It is based on the novel of the same name. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 October

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.

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

juliet-naked-movie-2018JULIET NAKED Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, it is a comic account of life’s second chances. Directed by Jesse Peretz. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 November

New-South-Africa-queer-film-Kanarie-making-waves_02KANARIE is a coming-of-age musical drama set in South Africa in 1985, about a young boy who discovers how through hardship, camaraderie, first love, and the liberating freedom of music, the true self can be discovered. The film is directed by Christiaan Olwagen (Johhny Is Nie Dood Nie), from an original screenplay crafted by Olwagen and Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder. Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 19 October

LIFE ITSELFLIFE ITSELF As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes in Life Itself. Director and writer Dan Fogelman (“This Is Us”) examines the perils and rewards of everyday life in a multigenerational saga featuring an international ensemble including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris- Mencheta, Laia Costa, Alex Monner and Mandy Patinkin. Set in New York City and Carmona, Spain, Life Itself celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy and love. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 9 November 

LITTLE VAMPIRELITTLE VAMPIRE The story of Rudolph, a thirteen year old vampire, whose clan is threatened by a notorious vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal of the same age, who is fascinated by old castles, graveyards and – vampires. Tony helps Rudolph in an action and humor packed battle against their adversaries, and together they save Rudolph’s family and become friends.Based on a series of German books created in 1979 by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg about the friendship between a human boy and a vampire boy, The Little Vampire has already appeared as a cute if forgettable live action film in 2000. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 October

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

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

Nobodys foolNOBODY’S FOOL Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on track. As these polar opposites collide with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results, Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life including her mysterious boyfriend may not be what it seems. Written and directed by Tyler Perry.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 November

 

NutcrackerNUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS  All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) Christmas party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston and written by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy. It is based on E. T. A. Hoffmann‘s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky‘s ballet The Nutcracker. Read More / Trailer / Showing from 2 November

OVERLORDOVERLORD On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Directed by Julius Avery from a screenplay by Billy Ray, Mark L. Smith. Starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Pilou Asbaek, Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, Mathilde Ollivier, Bokeem Woodbine. Read more /  Trailer / Showing from 9 November

papillon-charlie-hunnam-rami-malek-02-600x409PAPILLON 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.

PEPPERMINTPEPPERMINT A vigilante action thriller directed by Pierre More which tells the story of young mother Riley North (Jennifer Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channelling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force – eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI- as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.Read more / Trailer / Opens 26 October

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 23 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

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 7 December

search_cropped.0SEARCHING Directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. Shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens, the film follows a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter (Michelle La) with the help of a police detective (Debra Messing). 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.The film took just thirteen days to shoot. However, it took two years to make due to the prep, editing and animating. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 October

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

 

 

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

 

 

slender-3SLENDER MAN Small-town best friends Hallie, Chloe, Wren and Katie go online to try and conjure up the Slender Man — a tall, thin, horrifying figure whose face has no discernible features. Two weeks later, Katie mysteriously disappears during a class trip to a historic graveyard. Determined to find her, the girls soon suspect that the legend of the Slender Man may be all too real. A supernatural horror directed by Sylvain White and written by David Birke, based on the character of the same name. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 November

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

thomas-and-friends-big-world-big-adventures-LST303270THOMAS & FRIENDS: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES!  When a mischievous little racing car called Ace passes through Sodor on his way around the world, Thomas is inspired to embark on his own ambitious trip. Travelling full steam ahead across five continents, Thomas discovers magnificent new sights and experiences exciting places and cultures. Along the way, he makes friends with an inspiring and fun Kenyan engine called Nia. With so much for Thomas to learn about the world, will Nia be successful in teaching him a lesson about the true meaning of friendship? Featuring a world of wonder, curiosity and amazing animal friends, join Thomas on an epic adventure, fulfilling his dream of seeing the world! Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 October

TitansTHE TITAN In the near future, Earth’s resources are exhausted and humanity’s only hope of salvation lies in travelling to a distant planet. A military family is relocated so they can participate in an experiment into man’s genetic evolution in space, which will be vital to ensure that the human race survives the journey.Hot shot 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.Directed by Lennart Ruff. The screenplay was written by Max Hurwitz, with the story by Arash AmelTrailer / Read more / Showing from 19 October

8798_THE TOKOLOSHE - Image Courtesy of Indigenous Film Distribution (2)THE TOKOLOSHE The supernatural thriller The Tokoloshe, a tale about a terrifying predator, tells the story of Busi (Tshuma), a young woman who is desperate for money and takes the night shift at the local hospital. When she starts working there, she befriends a young girl, Gracie, (Kwande Nkosi) who believes that she is being terrorised by a supernatural being called the Tokoloshe. When the children start being taken, Busi is forced to ask if the Tokoloshe is responsible. Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 2 November

TWO TAILS The story of the incredible adventures of two friends—Max the cat and Bob the beaver. It would be difficult to find heroes who’re more unlike each other! Conservative Bob likes peace and quiet, while Max is a fidget seeking fame and fortune. Regardless, it’s this duo that will have to repel the invasion of alien animal hunters and become famous for the whole galaxy! Read more / Showing from 9 November

 

VENOMVENOM One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award (R) nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom, an investigative journalist and the host of an extraterrestrial symbiote that gives him “incredible powers”, along with a hideous alter-ego, which he calls as “Venom”. Director Ruben Fleischer took inspiration for the character’s portrayal from a quote in the comics: “You’re Eddie Brock. I’m the symbiote. Together we are Venom.”The Marvel Comics character Eddie Brock, a notable antagonist of Spider-Man, was first introduced in cinema in the 2007 film Spider-Man 3Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 October

WIDOWSWIDOWS  A Heist thriller from Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption.  It tells the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. It also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry. Read more / Trailer / Opening 16 November in SA

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