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Upcoming Film Releases In South Africa in 2018
Information provided by the film distributors in South Africa: Ster Kinekor, Times Media Films, UIP SA, and Black Sheep Films. Dates subject to change, visit www.sterkinekor.com, www.cinemanouveau.co.za and www.numetro.co.za for cinemas where the films will be showing. Report broken links
Upcoming Film Releases: May / June 2018
A WRINKLE IN TIME Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe. A science fantasy adventure directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, and based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle. It stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña. Trailer / Read more / Release date in South Africa: 5 May
ALPHA 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 26 October.
ASINAMALI 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
BASED ON A TRUE STORY (Original title: “D’après une histoire vraie”). Delphine is the author of a highly personal novel about her mother, which has become a bestseller. Already exhausted by the endless demands for interviews and made vulnerable by her memories, Delphine is soon tormented by anonymous letters accusing her of having turned her family into a source of gossip. The novelist has stalled, paralyzed by the idea of having to start writing again. She then crosses paths with Elle, a young and attractive woman, who is also intelligent and intuitive. Elle understands Delphine better than anyone. Delphine becomes attached to her, she confides in her, lets herself go. How far will Elle go, now that she has moved into Delphine’s place? Has she come to fill a void or create one? Give Delphine a new breath of life or steal her life from her? Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner are lovers in Roman Polanski’s new drama. Read more / Trailer / Releases in SA on 8 June
BEIRUT In 1980s Beirut, Mason Skiles is a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) who is called back into service to save a colleague from the group that is possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Meanwhile, a CIA field agent (Rosamund Pike) who is working under cover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring that the mission is a success. A fictional political thriller directed by Brad Anderson Trailer / Read more / Releases in SA on 11 May
CHAPPAQUIDDICK In this riveting suspense drama, , the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old campaign strategist who worked for Kennedy, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. The ongoing investigation into the mysterious and scandalous events forever alters his political legacy — and ultimately changes the course of presidential history. Directed by John Curran and written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan. Read more / Trailer/ Releases in SA on 1 June
BRAVEN When Joe Braven (Jason Momoa), a humble logger residing along the U.S./Canada border is confronted by a group of deadly drug runners who have stashed heroin in his secluded cabin in the mountains, he must do everything in his power to protect his family. Little do the elite drug runners know the unassuming man they’ve encountered has an impressive bite colliding two dynamic forces – one fighting for the lives of his family, the other for the love of the kill.Directed by Lin Oeding and written by Mike Nilon and Thomas Pa’a Sibbett. Trailer / Read more / Releases in South Africa on 22 June.
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
DEADPOOL 2 After surviving a near fatal knee boarding accident , a disfigured guidance counsellor (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Poughkeepsie’s most celebrated French Bulldog breeder while also learning to cope with an open relationship. Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight assed metal men, and babysit a group stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life. He manages to find a new lust for being a do-gooder, a sparkly Hello Kitty backpack, all while earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best 4th Wall Breaking Superhero. Trailer / Read more / Releases in SA on 18 May
EVERYDAY Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, it tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” (Justice Smith)who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and “A” to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. Directed by Michael Sucsy and adapted by Jesse Andrews
FINDING YOUR FEET On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. Directed by Richard Loncraine, from an original screenplay by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard, with Imelda Staunton, Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall. Trailer / Read more / Released in SA on 25 May.
HURRICANE HEIST The rural town of New Hope, Ala., has a pair of super-sized problems heading its way: There’s a hurricane bearing down on the Gulf coastline, and there’s a team of 30 well-armed mercenaries intent on looting the local treasury facility.disaster-thriller directed by Rob Cohen. It stars Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Melissa Bolona and Ralph Ineson. Trailer / Read more / Releases in South Africa on 29 June.
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE Growing up in Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song “I Can Only Imagine” as singer of the Christian band Mercy Me. The film is based on the story behind the song “I Can Only Imagine,” the most-played contemporary Christian song of all time. It stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard, the MercyMe lead singer who wrote the song, as well as Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman. Jon and Andy Erwin are a directing team that focuses on creating faith-based and inspirational feature films. Trailer / Visit the website / Releases in SA on 11 May.
I FEEL PRETTY An ordinary woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed? Directed and written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The film stars Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper, Naomi Campbell, and Lauren Hutton. Trailer / Read more / releases in SA on 4 May
JOURNEY’S END March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of norther France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Claflin). With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers (Bettany, Graham, Sturridge) and their cook (Jones) use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable. A young officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), arrives fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer… This adaptation of the play Journey’s End by R. C. Sherriff as crafted by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb,; this is the fifth film adaptation of the play, following Journey’s End (1930), The Other Side (1931), Aces High (1976) and a 1988 BBC TV film. Read more / Trailer / Releases in SA on 18 May
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. The film is a sequel to Jurassic World (
LIFE OF THE PARTY Dumped by her husband, longtime housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college. Winding up at the same school as her daughter, Deanna plunges headlong into the campus experience — embracing the fun, the freedom and the frat boys.directed by Ben Falcone and written by Falcone and Melissa McCarthy. The film stars McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Debby Ryan, Stephen Root and Jacki Weaver. Read more / Trailer / Released in SA on 18 May
MARY MAGDALENE is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett and directed by Garth Davis. Trailer / Read more / TBC
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
NOMMER 37 Entrapped in his apartment, Randal Hendricks (Irshaad Ally), a recent paraplegic, is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam (Monique Rockman). But he is in financial debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful gangster, named Lawyer (David Manuel), commit murder while observing his neighbours through his binoculars, he initiates a dangerous blackmail scheme in an attempt to settle his debt. With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both their lives in mortal danger… as the world around Randal deteriorates further and further into chaos. Scripted and directed by AFDA alumna Nosipho Dumisa. Read more / Trailer / Releases in SA on 1 June
OCEANS 8 Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean and seven other female thieves try to pull off the heist of the century at New York’s annual Met Gala. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million. Heist comedy directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross and Olivia Milch, from a story by Ross. It is an all-female spin-off of the Ocean’s Eleven series. Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney in the previous three “Ocean’s” films). Watch Trailer / Read more / Releases in SA on 22 June
OVERBOARD Kate is a single, working-class mother of three who’s hired to clean a luxury yacht that belongs to Leonardo — a selfish, spoiled and wealthy Mexican playboy. After unjustly firing Kate, Leonardo falls off the boat and wakes up with no memory of who he is. To get payback, Kate shows up at the hospital and convinces the confused amnesiac that they’re married. As Leonardo tries to get used to manual labor and his new family, Kate starts to wonder how long she can keep fooling her fake husband. This romantic comedy is directed by Rob Greenberg and written by Bob Fisher, Greenberg and Leslie Dixon, and starring Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, and Swoosie Kurtz. It is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name. Read more / Trailer / Releases in SA on 1 June
PAPILLON 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-
PLEASE STAND BY A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition. Wendy sees things differently: she’s fiercely independent, with a brilliant mind and a mischievous sense of hilarity. Wendy also has autism. To her, people are an indecipherable code and the world’s a confusing place. Inspired by her no-nonsense caregiver, Wendy comes of age and escapes from her care home on the road trip of a lifetime to deliver her 500-page script to a writing competition. Ben Lewin’s Please Stand By presents Wendy’s adventure as a journey of self-realization during which she proves to herself and others that she’s capable of navigating the vagaries of the modern world. The film’s screenplay was crafted by Michael Golamco. Trailer / Read more / Releases in SA on 25 May
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
SHERLOCK GNOMES After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family. 3D computer-animated fantasy romantic comedy mystery that is directed by John Stevenson. A sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, it features the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige, and Johnny Depp.Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 11 May.
SHOW DOGS Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. Directed by Raja Gosnell from an original screenplay by Max Botkin. Trailer / Read more / Releases in South Africa on 24 August
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Through a series of daring escapades, young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. It is the second film in the franchise’s non-trilogy films following 2016’s Rogue One. Like that film, Solo is a prequel to the original trilogy
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
TRAFFIK In this action packed thriller, a couple, (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple is surprised by the arrival of two friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor. Trailer / Read more / Released in SA on 11 May
TULLY Marlo, a mother of three, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. Both bitingly funny and observant-and a quietly radical statement on motherhood, sure to make mothers everywhere feel less alone. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. The film stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston. Watch Trailer / Read more / Releases in South Africa on 11 May
UNSANE Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out. This psychological horror is directed by Steven Soderbergh, and written by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer. It stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving. Watch Trailer / Read More / Releases in South Africa on 4 May
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