2018 Film Releases In South Africa

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Upcoming Film Releases In South Africa in 2018

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

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Upcoming Film Releases: August – November 2018

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

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

ARCTIC JUSTICE British-Canadian computer-animated comedy-drama. Swifty the Arctic fox works in the mail room of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service but dreams of one day becoming a Top Dog (the Arctic’s star husky couriers). To prove himself worthy of the Top Dog role, Swifty secretly commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a mysterious package to a mysterious location. He stumbles upon a secret fortress where he comes face to face with Doc Walrus, a blubbery evil genius who walks around on mechanical legs and commands a loyal army of oddly polite puffin henchmen. Swifty soon discovers Doc Walrus’ plan to melt the polar ice caps and flood the world in order to reign as supreme leader. Now, Swifty has to enlist the help of his friends: PB, an introverted polar bear, Lemmy, a scatterbrained albatross, Sal and Weez, two conspiracy theorist otters and Jade Fox, a tough as nails mechanic. This ragtag group of Arctic misfits has to band together to stop Doc Walrus’ sinister plans and save the day. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 September

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

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

BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB The film is based on the real life Billionaire Boys Club active in Southern California during the 1980s. A group of wealth graduates of the Harvard School for boys establish an investment club. When the funds run out, the members resort to kidnapping and murder. Ansel Elgort plays financial genius Joe Hunt and Taron Egerton portrays tennis pro Dean Karny. Judd Nelson plays Ryan Hunt, the father of Elgort’s Joe Hunt. He originally played Joe Hunt in the 1987 TV mini-series.Directed by James Cox. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 14 September

BLACKKKLANSMAN From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.  Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out. Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 September

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

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

CHARMING The animated musical comedy explores the untold stories of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty who discover that they are all engaged to the same Prince Charming. After a fairy spills a large amount of charm dust on Charming, Prince Charming, led by the heroine Lenore, a woman who is incapable of love, must go on an epic journey to find his one truest of loves. Directed and written by Ross Venokur. The film stars the voices by Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Avril Lavigne, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M., and Sia. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 10 August 

THE CHILDREN ACT Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Stanley Tucci) is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her. Directed by Richard Eyre. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 September

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

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

CRAZY RICH ASIANS It follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her long-time boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.  Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.  It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.  Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.  And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Read more / Trailer Opens 24 August in SA.

CREED 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 20 November in SA

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

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

ELLEN: THE ELLEN PAKKIES STORY  The film delves into the psyche of a family destroyed by drugs, in one of the most dangerous local communitiesThe heart-wrenching story of Ellen Pakkies caught the attention of people around the globe when she was accused of murdering her drug-addicted son, Abie, in 2007. While the court case that followed kept people on the edge of their seats, the film adaptation promises to do the same, and so much more! Director Daryne Joshua, best-known for his successful debut film Noem My Skollie, alongside producers Schalk-Willem Burger and Paulo Areal, is at the helm of this impressive project. The script was crafted by Amy Jephta, with input from Ellen Pakkies herself. Pakkies also helped recreate scenes for the movie, which was shot in her home, to ensure that they are as authentic as possible. Jill Levenberg, who has played several parts in films and on television, including GenadekansNoem my Skollie , LeemteWhile You Weren’t LookingAbrahamBekkies GevindAs Ek Huistoe KomFluit-FluitAtlasUitvlucht and the popular kykNET soapie, Suidooster  is brilliant in the role of Ellen Pakkies and did a lot of research to make her interpretation as honest and accurate as possible.Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 September

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

EVA Eva is a 2018 French drama film directed by Benoît Jacquot. It is based on the novel Eve by James Hadley Chase. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. Eva seems to have all the ingredients needed for a nail-biting, bodice-ripping psychosexual French thriller.Adapted by Jacquot and screenwriter Gilles Taurand, the story centers on a young gigolo, Bertrand (Gaspard Ulliel), who, in the film’s well-staged opening sequence, steals the manuscript of a dying client.Cut to a year or so later, with Bertrand now a celebrated playwright dating the perfect blonde (Julia Roy) and living in a decked-out Parisian apartment. The only problem is that his producer (Richard Berry) has been waiting impatiently for a new play, which the imposter is somehow supposed to write.It’s based on a juicy 1945 pulp novel (written by James Hadley Chase) that was first brought to the screen by blacklisted Hollywood filmmaker Joseph Losey (in a 1962 version starring Jeanne Moreau). It has an eerie lakeside setting in the photogenic city of Annecy, situated at the foot of the French Alps. And it has a first-rate cast toplined by Isabelle Huppert, who plays the film’s titular character with a sly, slightly aloof je ne sais quoi abandon. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 31 Aug

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

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

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

FIRST 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 12 October

THE 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 & 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. Opens 23 November in SA

GOLD Gold set in 1948 tells the historic story of the Hockey team that won the first Olympic medal for India as a free nation on the 12th of August 1948. The same date this year commemorates the 70th anniversary of this historic feat. The story of Gold highlights India’s emergence from the shadow of the British Empire as it meets the British hockey team on the field, this time as a nation in its own right. Gold is an inspirational story of a team that fought against all odds to bring their nation hope, pride and respect. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 17 August

GOTTI follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (John Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Rocco Lofranco), GOTTI examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences.Raised on the streets of New York, young John Gotti found his way into the Gambino crime family, eventually having the boss removed and becoming head of the powerful family. His wife asked only one thing from John: to never expose their children to his profession. But he broke the vow, and John Jr. took his place as his father’s Capo.Directed by Kevin Connolly and written by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 Sept

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

HALLOWEEN 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

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

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

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

THE 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.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 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.

JOHNNY ENGLISH 3 is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success. Directed by David Kerr. Written by William Davies. Read more / TrailerReleases in South Africa on 21 September    

LOOKING FOR LOVE Following a disastrous drunken display at her younger sister’s wedding, 38-year-old Buyi has her parents worried that she’s wasting her life working meaningless jobs. Her parents insist that she take her head out of the clouds and focus on finding herself a good man and settle down. Buyi is gutted. She returns from KwaZulu-Natal feeling hopeless about her love situation. Where is a heavyset black woman going to find a man in South Africa? Desperate, she reluctantly allows her sexy best friend, Lindi to help find her a man in the exclusive ‘man market.’ Between questionable concoctions, a quirky magician with a cat obsession, and a sex addict that can’t get enough of a big butt, Buyi quickly loses hope of finding Mr. Right. A hilarious, heart-warming story of acceptance and hope. Directed by Adze ugah, screenplay by Chinaka Iwunze. A new local romantic comedy that stars Celeste Ntuli  Trailer / Showing from 31 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PEPPERMINT 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 2 November in SA

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

 

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

THE RECCE The Recce tells the story of how the South African Defence Force declared young Recce Henk Viljoen dead behind enemy lines and how it’s up to him alone to use everything he’s learnt and knows to make it back to his family. Add to this the fact that the enemy is hot on his trail, it’s clear that this is no ordinary story of survival across the treacherous war torn African landscape. This is also one of the first films in decades to explore issues regarding not only the Border War, but also the pain and suffering families had to endure during and after the conflict that lasted almost 20 years. Written and directed by Johannes Ferdinand van Zyl, The Recce script came out of his personal connection to the story, “Having grown up with family members that were sent to the border war, I have a fascination with that era in our history.” The cast brings together some of the biggest names in the South African acting fraternity, as well as some new talents to watch. This includes Marius Weyers (The Gods Must be Crazy, Paljas, Die Wonderwerker), Albert Maritz (Invictus, In ‘n man soos my pa, Modder en Bloed), Greg Kriek (Samson, Momentum), Grant Swanby (Beyond the River, Invictus, Troy), Christia Visser (Tess, Hollywood in my Huis), Maurice Carpede (Chappie) and Sonni Chidiebere (District 9, Blood Diamond, Hotel Rwanda). Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 September

SEARCHING  The film is shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. Told entirely from a computer screen, David Kim discovers that his daughter, Margot, is missing. As he searches through her web history and interviews people who were supposedly close with her, he begins to learn that his daughter was not as perfect as she seemed. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty. Starring John Cho and Debra Messing. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 October

SGT STUBBY: AN ALL AMERICAN HERO A computer-animated film based on the incredible, true story of the bond between a solider and a stray dog in WWI.With World War I looming, Robert Conroy, a young Army private, adopts a stray, stump-tailed terrier. Conroy names his new friend Stubby and gives him a home, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The two quickly find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history. French soldier Gaston Baptiste befriends the man and dog and accompanies them along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 14 September

SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules–and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict–but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 August

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

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

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

SUBMERGENCE James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their respective missions, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other’s arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Danny sets off on a perilous quest to dive to the bottom of the ocean. James’s assignment takes him to Somalia, where he is sucked into a geopolitical vortex that puts him in grave danger. Both characters are subject to different kinds of isolation as they pine for each other; their determination to reconnect becomes as much an existential journey as a love story. Directed by Wim Wenders, based on the novel of same name by J. M. Ledgard. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 14 Sept

SUPERFLY Superfly — the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound, and feel — is reimagined with Director X, director of legendary music videos (Drake, Rihanna), introducing it to a new generation. The screenplay is by Alex Tse.Cocaine kingpin Youngblood Priest realizes that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival. Hoping for one last score, Priest and his partner travel to Mexico to arrange a deal. The career criminal now finds himself trying to outmaneuver the cartel, two corrupt police officers and all the double-crossers that threaten his path to freedom. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 10 August

TABLE MANNERS In South African filmmaker Leli Maki’s comedy a wife and mother finds solace and hope in cooking, learning that all she needs is life’s three courses – family, food and love. Showing from 28 Sept. 

THOMAS & 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

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

 

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

VENOM 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

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

 

WIDOWS  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

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