2019 Film Releases in South Africa

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June 2019

TOY STORY 4 The toys are back on the big screen with an all-new adventure! Woody, Buzz and the whole gang find themselves far from home, discovering new friends—and old ones—on an eye-opening road trip that takes them to unexpected places.Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. Directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date?), from a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom. It is the fourth installment in the Toy Story series, and the sequel to Toy Story 3 (2010). It is produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

BOOKSMART On the eve of their graduation, two overachieving high school seniors realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. Directed by Olivia Wilde, from a screenplay by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman, and Susanna Fogel. With
Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. Read more / Showing from 21 June

TOLKIEN As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. These early life experiences soon inspire Tolkien to write the classic fantasy novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Feature: A story that delves into where art and stories come from / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

MA Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe. Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures, The Shape of Water) stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie (Diana Silvers, Glass), a teenager new in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train) from a screenplay by  Scotty Landes (Comedy Central’s Workaholics). Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

ANNA Beneath a woman’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the most feared assassins on the planet. French crime action thriller film written, produced and directed by Luc Besson. It stars Sasha Luss and Helen Mirren. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2  Illumination’s tenth animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise. Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home? Terrier Max is coping with some major life changes. Max gets some guidance from gruff farm dog Rooster, who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha and give Liam a little more freedom.Cat Chloe has discovered the joys of catnip, and plucky Pomeranian Gidget accidentally loses Max’s favorite toy and needs to launch a claw-defying rescue to retrieve it from a cat-packed apartment. And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball develops some serious delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy, a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to Directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination’s Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The film is co-directed by Jonathan Del Val. Written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET The escapades of two young South African Indian boys who have to overcome their differences and band together in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who threatens their families. It is a charming and hilarious adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family. The film also pays tribute to classic 80’s Bollywood movies and their heroes. Written and directed by director and producer Judy Naidoo. Showing from 28 June

ARTICLE 15 Based on the socio-political situation of India, the lives of police officers are followed. In a country where discrimination is everywhere, whether related to race or caste, the officers embark on a journey of acceptance and change. Directed by Anubhav Sinha  from a screenplay by Sinha and Gaurav Solanki. Inspired by true life events, including 2014 Badaun gang rape allegations and 2016 Una flogging incident.Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

ANNABELLE COMES HOME  Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren lock the possessed doll in the artifacts room in their house. But when the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, it soon becomes an unholy night of terror for the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, her friends and their young baby sitter. Written and directed by Gary Dauberman, who wrote the two previous movies and The Nun and co-wrote It. The film stars Mckenna GraceMadison Iseman, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who are reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren from the Conjuring Universe.[ Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June.

STOCKHOLM Writer/director Robert Budreau fictionalizes the 1973 six-day Swedish bank robbery that inspired the term “Stockholm Syndrome”. Ethan Hawke stars as Lars Nystrom, an American-raised ex-convict who holds the staff of the Kreditbanken hostage while negotiating with the Swedish police. Apart from the money, he is also invested in arranging for his former partner-in-crime (Mark Strong) to be released from jail. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

July 2019

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME After the events of the untitled Avengers film Peter Parker and his friends go on summer vacation to Europe and there Peter finds himself trying to save his friends against a villain known as Mysterio. It is intended to be the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. It stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Michael KeatonJon FavreauZendayaMarisa TomeiJake GyllenhaalCobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 July

GRETA Frances finds a handbag on the New York subway and promptly returns it to Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher who loves tea and classical music. Having recently lost her mother, young Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely and kindly widow who enjoys her company. But when Greta’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, Frances does whatever it takes to end the toxic relationship before things spirals out of control. Directed by Neil Jordan and co-written by Ray Wright and Jordan. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 July

YESTERDAY Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. Directed by Danny Boyle, from a screenplay by Richard Curtis and a story by Jack Barth.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 July

RAFIKI The film follows two stylish teens, Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), who crush on each other despite their families’ political rivalry. When love blossoms between them, they must contend with small town busybodies and the judgment of their conservative society. Read moreTrailer/ Showing from 5 July

CHILD’S PLAY A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature. Directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith produced by Orion Pictures. It is a remake of the 1988 film of the same name and the 8th installment of the film series, serving as a reboot. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 12 July

STUBER Set over one harrowing night, an Uber driver picks up a grizzled cop working the most dangerous case of his career. Written by Tripper Clancy and directed by Michael Dowse. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 12 July

REMBRANDT Back by popular demand, Rembrandt, will screen again to mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt, the death. It will explore the major show of the Dutch artist’s work hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.  Rembrandt’s life story is interwoven throughout, alongside behind-the-scenes preparations at both world-famous institutions. For many, Rembrandt is regarded as the greatest artist that ever lived, and this deeply moving film explores the truth about the man behind the legend. This audience favourite is not to be missed. The sixth season of Exhibition on Screen brings to life the glorious exhibitions of the works of some of the greatest artists that ever lived.  The films also offer deep insight, and exclusive behind-the-screens footage of exhibitions, while weaving lesser-known life stories of legendary artists. Showing at Rosebank Nouveau in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria and Ster-Kinekor Gateway Nouveau in Durban.be screened at Rosebank Nouveau in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria and Ster-Kinekor Gateway Nouveau in Durban. From 13 July / Trailer

THE LION KING From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully Directed by Jon Favreau, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and written by Jeff Nathanson. It is a photorealisticcomputer-animated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald GloverBeyoncéJames Earl JonesChiwetel EjioforBilly EichnerSeth RogenJohn KaniJohn Oliver, and Alfre Woodard. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 19 July

SKIN Biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. It follows the life of former skinhead group member Bryon Widner. A young man (Jamie Bell) makes the dangerous choice to leave the white supremacist gang he joined as a teenager. With his former friends against him, he is determined to create a new life for himself — if he can make it out alive. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 19 July

WE BELONG TOGETHER A recovering alcoholic college professor trying to put his life back together meets a seductive new student. She offers him a sensual escape from reality until he realizes she may be insane. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 19 July

CRAWL When a massive hurricane hits her Florida town, young Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores the evacuation orders to search for her missing father, Dave. After finding him gravely injured in their family home, the two of them become trapped by the rapidly encroaching floodwaters. With the storm strengthening, Haley and Dave discover an even greater threat than the rising water level — a relentless attack from a pack of gigantic alligators. Disaster horror film directed by Alexandre Aja from a screenplay by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 26 July

THE CURRENT WAR Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse — the greatest inventors of the industrial age — engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, sees fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Historical drama directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Michael Mitnick. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston and Tuppence Middleton.Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 July

SUPER 30 Anand Kumar, a Mathematics genius from a modest family in Bihar who is made to believe that only a King’s son can become a king is on a mission to prove that even the poor man can create some of the world’s most genius minds. He starts a training program named ‘Super 30’ to help 30 IIT aspirants crack the entrance test and make them highly successful professionals. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and his educational program Super 30 . Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 July

THE BOY 2 Directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Menear. A sequel to the 2016 film The Boy. A young family who unaware of the dark history, move into the Heelshire Mansion. The premise will follow the story of the youngest son finding the porcelain doll, and befriending Brahms. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 July

FISHERMAN’S FRIEND A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means. A biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. Read more / Review / Trailer / Showing from 26 July

August 2019

RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE Richard is a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing terminal diagnosis and decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible with a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak, and a touch of madness. Living his life to the fullest at the very moment he’s faced with the end of his journey: He binges through every vice – drinking, smoking, carnality, and hurling blunt insults at anyone who annoys him. As the clock counts down to final judgement, he comes to terms with the great truth of his life and learns to embrace all those people he hurt whom he loves deep in his heart. Awakening his inner good spirit to wisdom, principle, and good love above all else. Written and directed by Wayne Roberts.  The film stars Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Danny Huston  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 August

STAN & OLLIE Laurel and Hardy — the world’s greatest comedy team — face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their precious partnership. Directed by Jon S. Baird and written by Jeff Pope.
Steve Coogan and John C Reilly excel in this bittersweet story about the twilight years of the great double act. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 August

TERRA WILLY Set in the future, it revolves around a 10-year-old boy called Willy, who is separated from his parents following the destruction of their spaceship. His rescue capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet covered in exotic and colourful fauna and flora. Accompanied by survival robot Buck and Flash, an eight-legged extra-terrestrial creature who befriends them, Willy sets off to explore this weird and wonderful land.
The latest animated feature from TAT Productions, the company behind the well-travelled The Jungle Bunch: The Movie. Showing from 2 August

FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS AND SHAW The idea for the spinoff centers around once-upon-a-time villain Deckard Shaw teaming with U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs. Johnson’s Hobbs was first introduced in 2011’s Fast Five and eventually became an ally and member of the Furious auto gang. Statham made an appearance in Fast & Furious 6 and starred in the next two chapters. Directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan. It is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious series featuring two characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in the lead roles. The film stars Dwayne JohnsonJason StathamVanessa Kirby, and Idris Elba. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 August

VAN GOGH & JAPAN In the exhibition on which this film is based – Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, it is evident that Japan had a profound influence on the artist and his work. After leaving Paris for the south of France, which in his mind was the closest to a kind of Japan as he could find, the productive, yet troubled years that followed must be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences as he wanted and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. The film travels to France, the Netherlands and Japan to explore the remarkable heritage that made him the artist we know of today. The sixth season of Exhibition on Screen brings to life the glorious exhibitions of the works of some of the greatest artists that ever lived.  The films also offer deep insight, and exclusive behind-the-screens footage of exhibitions, while weaving lesser-known life stories of legendary artists. Showing at Rosebank Nouveau in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria and Ster-Kinekor Gateway Nouveau in Durban.be screened at Rosebank Nouveau in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria and Ster-Kinekor Gateway Nouveau in Durban. From 3 August / Trailer 

ARTEMIS FOWL Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father. based on Eoin Colfer‘s book series of the same name. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Michael Goldenberg, Adam Kline and Conor McPherson, the film stars newcomers Ferdia Shaw and Lara McDonnell, with Hong ChauNonso AnozieJosh Gad and Judi Dench in supporting roles. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 9 August

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor… Sharon Tate. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 9 August

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome. Directed by André Øvredal, from a script co-written by Dan and Kevin Hageman, and a story by Guillermo del Toro. It is based on the children’s book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz. Read more / Showing from 9 August

FALL GIRLS Paige Davis has just secured a huge promotion at work. But after a night out partying to celebrate, Paige and her girlfriends wake up to discover her boss is dead. Directed by Christopher B. Stokes, with Amara La Negra, Erica Peeples, Tami Roman & Erica Hubbard. Trailer / Showing from 9 August

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD In 1969 Los Angeles, around the time of the Charles Manson murders, a TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry. Centered on the Manson Family murders. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprioBrad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Read more/ Trailer / Showing from 9 August 

GRUDGE A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, co-written by Jeff Buhler, and produced by Sam Raimi, through its Ghost House Pictures banner, Robert Tapert, and Takashige Ichise. It is a reboot of the 2004 American film The Grudge, the second remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on: The Grudge, and the fourth installment in The Grudge film series. The film stars Andrea RiseboroughDemián BichirJohn ChoLin Shaye and Jacki WeaverRead more / Showing from 16 August

BLINDED BY THE LIGHTS Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to express himself in his own voice. British drama directed by Gurinder Chadha. Inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his obsession with Bruce Springsteen. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 16 August

THE NEW MUTANTS Magik, Wolfsbane and other teenage mutants try to come to grips with their superpowers while staying at a secret facility. Based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was initially conceived of as the first in a trilogy of mutant horror films, and is intended to be the thirteenth installment in the X-Men film series. The film is directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee, and stars Anya Taylor-JoyMaisie WilliamsCharlie HeatonHenry ZagaBlu Hunt, and Alice Braga. In The New Mutants, a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 16 August

THE KITCHEN Written and directed by Andrea Berloff, in her directorial debut. The film stars Melissa McCarthyTiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters who take over organized crime operations after the FBI arrests their husbands. Read more / Showing from 16 August

PLAYMOBIL A young woman travels to the animated world of Playmobil to find her missing brother. Animation film based on the German building toy Playmobil. It is directed by Lino DiSalvo in his directorial debut, written by Blaise Hemingway, and produced by On Animation Studios. The film stars the voices of Anya Taylor-JoyGabriel BatemanDaniel RadcliffeJim GaffiganMeghan Trainor, and Adam Lambert. Read more / Showing from 16 August

47 METERS DOWN: THE NEXT CHAPTER This time the movie will move the deadly shark action from Mexico to Brazil and follow a group of girls looking for adventure in the coastal metropolis of Recife. Hoping to get off the well-worn tourist trail, they hear about some hidden underwater ruins only to find that the turquoise waves of their secret Atlantis aren’t completely uninhabited. Directed by Johannes Roberts from a screenplay by  Ernest RieraJohannes RobertsRead more / Showing from 23 August

ANGEL HAS FALLEN Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Gerard Butler. It is the third film in the Has Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). Read more / Showing from 23 August

ANDER MENS From highly acclaimed South African director Quentin Krog (Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling / Vir die Voëls) comes this star-studded action romance film, based on the novel of the same name by Zirk van den Berg. Bennie Fourie takes on the role of Daniel Niemand – a punch bag type of oke whose wife left him for their marriage counsellor and that’s only the start of his troubles. Read more/ Showing from 23 August

A WEEKEND WITH THE FAMILY A young attorney tries to keep the peace when his loving girlfriend arranges a surprise get-together with both of their families. Directed by Christopher B. Stokes, with Marques Houston, Karrueche Tran, Wendy Raquel Robinson & Shondrella Avery. Trailer / Showing from 23 August

TEEN SPIRIT A musical drama film directed by Max Minghella (in his directorial debut).  Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Review / Trailer / Showing from 23 August

GOOD BOYS  Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party. . Written and directed by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and starring Jacob Tremblay. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 30 August 

OVERCOMER High school basketball coach John Harrison and his team face an uncertain future when their town’s largest manufacturing plant shuts down unexpectedly. As hundreds of people move away, John reluctantly agrees to coach cross-country, a sport he doesn’t even like. His outlook soon changes when he meets Hannah Scott, an unlikely runner who pushes herself to the limit. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new friend, John starts to train Hannah for the biggest race of her young life. Faith based film directed by Alex Kendrick and written by him and Stephen Kendrick. It is the Kendrick brothers’ sixth film and their second through their subsidiary, Kendrick Brothers Productions. Read more / Showing from 30 August

OFFICIAL SECRETS The true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) , who prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war. A political thriller directed by Gavin Hood (Eye In The Sky, Tsotsi). Screenplay by Gregory Bernstein
Sara Bernstein, and Gavin Hood, based on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War
by Marcia & Thomas Mitchell. Read more / Trailer / Review / Showing from 30 August.

THE DAY I LOST MY DAD One of KwaThema’s own actors, Kagiso Modupe, has shot his very first film, The Day I Lost My Dad, in his home town. The movie tells the story of a previously successful white-collar professional, Thami who finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes hostage situation that sends his entire life into a tailspin. Read more/ Showing from 30 August

September 2019

ANGRY BIRDS 2 Computer-animated action comedy film produced by Rovio Animation. The sequel to the 2016 film The Angry Birds Movie. Directed by Thurop Van Orman from a screenplay by Peter Ackerman. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 September

BACK OF THE MOON 1958 Sophiatown. On the eve of his home being demolished by apartheid police, Badman a notorious gangster decides to fight them to the death. But then Eve, a gorgeous torch singer is thrust into his orbit. On the last day of his life Badman finds something worth living for. With Richard Lukunku, Moneoa Moshesh, Lemogang Tsipa, S’Dumo Mtshali, Thomas Gumede, Israel Matsepe-Zulu. Directed by Angus Gibson from a screenplay by Gibson, Desiree Markgraaff, Kutlwano Ditsele. Showing from 6 September

IT: CHAPTER 2  Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began. It returns 27 years later (2016) to pick off the next generation of kids in Derry – meaning that the original kids, who are now all grown up, have to stay true to their word and take on It all over again.
Both parts were adapted from the 1986 novel It by Stephen King. The second part is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Gary Dauberman. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events of 1989 described in the first film, the film stars Bill Skarsgård, who reprises his role as PennywiseJames McAvoyJessica ChastainJay RyanBill HaderIsaiah MustafaJames Ransone, and Andy Bean portray the adult versions of The Losers Club, while Jaeden LieberherSophia LillisJeremy Ray TaylorFinn WolfhardChosen JacobsJack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff return from the first film as the younger Losers, respectively. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 September

FIELA SE KIND A coloured woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs. Written and directed by Brett Michael Innes from the novel by Daleen Matthee. Showing from 13 September

HUSTLERS Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. With Jennifer Lopez, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles and Mercedes Ruehl  Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. Read more / Showing from 13 September

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD  Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on an adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization. Directed by James Bobin. It is an adaptation of the Nickelodeon‘s series of the same name. Read more / Showing from 13 September

THE INFORMER Pete Koslow, a reformed criminal and former special operations soldier, is working under cover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step toward freedom, Koslow must return to the one place he’s fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens to identify him as a mole. Based on the novel of the same name by Roslund/Hellström. This film adaptation was directed by Andrea Di Stefano and written by Matt Cook and stars Joel KinnamanRosamund PikeClive Owen.   Read more / Trailer / Showing from 13 September

21 BRIDGES Follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 BRIDGES to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island. Directed by Brian Kirk from a screenplay by Matthew Carnahan and Adam Mervis. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 20 September

SPIES IN DISGUISE Super spy Lance Sterling (voice of Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (voice of Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. This animated comedy is set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage. Loosely based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short Pigeon: Impossible, the film is directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 20 September

DOWNTON ABBEY  The original principal cast from the television series — including Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville — returns for the movie. Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore have joined the cast. Written by Julian Fellowes, the show’s creator, and directed by Michael Engler.The film is a follow-up to the television series of the same name, which ended its original run in December 2015 after 52 episodes. Read more / Showing from 20 September

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, this heartfelt tale is narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life – his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo. Directed by Simon Curtis and written by Mark Bomback, based on the 2008 novel of the same name by author Garth Stein Read more / Trailer / Showing from 20 September

TROUBLE In the animated comedy a pampered dog named Trouble must learn to live in the real world, while trying to escape from his former owner’s greedy children. Showing from 20 September

ABOMINABLE Trekking the 3000-mile journey from Shanghai to the Himalayan snowscapes, a group of misfits encounter a young Yeti, and they set off to reunite the magical creature with his family on the mountain of his namesake. American-Chinese 3D computer-animated adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio. It will be directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman, with William Davies as the screenwriter, and will star the voices of Chloe BennetAlbert TsaiTenzing Norgay Trainor, and Tsai Chin. Read more / Showing from 27 September

SPIES IN DISGUISE Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. Loosely based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short Pigeon: Impossible, the film is directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane in their directorial debuts, and stars the voices of Will SmithTom HollandKaren GillanRashida JonesDJ KhaledBen Mendelsohn, and Masi Oka. Read more / Showing from 27 September

October 2019

DEATH ON THE NILE Whilst on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress. Directed by  Kenneth Branagh. Screenplay by Michael Green, based upon the novel by Agatha Christie. With Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, Kenneth Branagh. Read more / Showing from 4 October

GEMINI MAN An elite assassin becomes the target of a mysterious young operative who can seemingly predict his every move. Directed by Ang Lee. The film stars Will SmithClive OwenMary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong. Read more / Showing from 4 October

JOKER A standalone movie–and potentially a period piece–completely removed from WB’s DC Extended Universe (or whatever it’s called these days). The movie, titled simply Joker, will tell the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime, set in a Gotham City that will resemble the New York City of the 1970s and 80s. The film is directed by Todd Phillips from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Silver, and stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, along with Robert De NiroZazie BeetzBill CampFrances ConroyBrett CullenGlenn FleshlerDouglas HodgeMarc MaronJosh Pais, and Shea Whigham. In Joker, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic criminal. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 4 October

THE GOLDFINCH As a child, Theodore Decker survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.  Directed by John Crowley and is an screenplay adaptation by Peter Straughan of the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. With Ansel Elgort as Theodore “Theo” Decker,  Aneurin Barnard as Boris, a cosmopolitan son of a Ukrainian émigré who becomes Theo’s close friend, and Ashleigh Cummings as Pippa, Theo’s true-but-seemingly-unrequited love. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 11 October

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK ? Paramount’s big-screen adaptation of the ’90s anthology show.  It screenwriter Gary Dauberman is penning the script and is producing the project. Showing from 11 October

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbour.
The Addams family’s lives begin to unravel when they face-off against a treacherous, greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration. Based on the comics of the same name by Charles Addams. The film is directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 11 October

ESCAPE PLAN 3: DEVIL’S STATION In this installment, the daughter of a Hong Kong tech executive goes missing in what appears to be a routine ransom job. As Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) and his crew delve deeper, they discover the culprit is the deranged son of his former business partner, who also kidnapped the woman in Breslin’s life, and is holding her inside the massive prison known as Devil’s Station. Directed by John Herzfeld. It is the sequel to Escape Plan(2013) and Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018). Read more / Showing from 18 October

TORRANCE A widowed, former basketball all-star (Ben Affleck) lost family foundation in a struggle with addiction and attempts to comeback by becoming the coach of a disparate, ethnically mixed high school basketball team at his alma mater. Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Suicide Squad) and written by Brad Ingelsby and O’Connor.  Read more / Showing from 18 October

RACHELTJIE DE BEER Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by writer and filmmaker Brett Michael Innes, the film tells the story of Afrikaans family, the De Beers, who are forced to find shelter on a local farm in the Eastern Free State of South Africa in the 1800s. Winter has arrived and, as dark clouds laden with snow start to roll in over the Drakensberg mountains, tragedy strikes. Read more / Showing from 18 October

YOU ARE MY FRIEND An award-winning cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile piece on the beloved television icon Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and Vogel’s perspective on life transformed after his encounter with Rogers. Directed by Marielle Heller and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Read more / Showing from 18 October

CHARLIE’S ANGELS Directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Banks, Jay Basu, Craig Mazin, and Semi Chellas. The film stars Kristen StewartNaomi ScottElla Balinska, Banks, Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou. The film is based on the television series of the same name and a reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise. Read more / Showing from 25 October

THE AERONAUTS (IMAX)  In 1862 headstrong scientist James Glaisher
(Eddie Redmayne) and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren
(Felicity Jones) mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. As their perilous ascent reduces their chances of survival, the unlikely duo soon discover things about themselves — and each other — that help both of them find their place in the world. Directed by Tom Harper, from a story co-written with Jack Thorne and a screenplay solely by Thorne. Read more / Showing from 25 October

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW An agoraphobic child psychologist witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbors, leaving her to determine whether to alert the police. directed by Joe Wright, from a screenplay written by Tracy Letts. The film stars Amy AdamsJulianne MooreGary OldmanWyatt RussellBrian Tyree Henry, Fred Hechinger, and Anthony Mackie. Read more / Showing from 25 October

ZOMBIELAND 2 The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. Directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. With original cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. Read moreShowing from 25 October

November 2019

MARNIE’S WORLD Marnie is a chubby cat, treated like a princess and getting everything she wants. When she is forced to make her own way in the world, she realizes who she really is – a lonely cat in need of friends… German animated film written and directed by  Christoph LauensteinWolfgang Lauenstein. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 November

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE   Directed by Tim Miller with a screenplay written by David S. Goyer.[2] The film’s story was conceived by Miller, series co-creator James Cameronand David Ellison, with the latter two serving as producers alongside Dana Goldberg.[3][4] It will be the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise and serves as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, while disregarding Rise of the MachinesSalvationGenisysThe Sarah Connor Chronicles and T2 Trilogy, as occurring in alternate timelines.[5] The film will star Arnold SchwarzeneggerLinda HamiltonMackenzie DavisGabriel LunaNatalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta. Read more / Showing from 1 November

THE UNFAMILIAR A British Army doctor comes back from a war, thinking that she has PTSD only to discover that there is a more daunting malevolence at work making the life that she knew unfamiliar. Directed by Henk Pretorius, screenplay by Henk PretoriusJennifer Nicole Stang.Read more/ Showing from 8 November

DOCTOR SLEEP Based on the 2013 horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, the film follows an adult Danny Torrance (who was a child in King’s 1977 horror novel The Shining) with psychic powers he calls “the shining” and dealing with alcoholism like his father did. Danny comes across a cult that feeds on the “steam” of children who have the same psychic powers. The film is written and directed by Mike Flanagan.
Flanagan was hired to rewrite Goldsman’s script and direct the film. Read more / Showing from 8 November

NORMAL PEOPLE A story of love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us. Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star as Tom and Joan, a married couple with an easy relationship and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humor. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as the pair face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen in the future. It is written by award-winning Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty, making his feature-writing debut. Showing from 8 November

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN  A lonely private detective (Edward Norton) afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend (Bruce Willis) . Written and directed by Edward Norton based on the novel of the same nameby Jonathan Lethem. Read more / Showing from 15 November

BAD TRIP A hidden-camera prank comedy from Jackass and Bad Grandpa producer Jeff Tremaine stars Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery. It follows two best friends on a cross-country road trip filled with inventive pranks, as they pull a real-life audience into the mayhem. The film is directed by Kitao Sakurai and was also produced by Andre, David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer. Showing from 22 November

THE OUTPOST This war-drama tells the story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in north-eastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally built to engage the locals in community development projects, Combat Outpost Keating — located at the bottom of three steep mountains just 14 miles from the Pakistani border — faced a constant threat of being attacked by the Taliban, putting the U.S. soldiers stationed there at significant risk. When the brass finally chose to close the base, the Taliban enemy found out and decided to make a statement. Directed by Rod Lurie, based on a 2012 novel The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper. Screenplay by
Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. It stars Orlando BloomScott EastwoodCaleb Landry JonesMilo GibsonJack Kesy and Will AttenboroughRead more / Showing from 22 November

COUNTDOWN This horror follows a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail ) who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. When it tells her she only has three days to live, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out, all while a mysterious figure haunts her. The script was written by Justin Dec, who will also serve as the film’s director. Showing from 22 November

FORD VS. FERRARI This action-biopic follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who are dispatched by Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) and Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal)with the mission of building from scratch the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez ButterworthJohn-Henry Butterworth and Jason KellerRead more / Trailer /Showing from 22 November

FROZEN 2 Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. Directed by Jennifer LeeChris Buck, screenplay by Lee. Trailer Showing from 29 November

THE GOOD LIAR Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Directed and co-produced by Bill Condon and written by Jeffrey Hatcher based on the novel by Nicholas Searle. Read more / Showing from 29 November

December 2019

CHAOS WALKING Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World – a new hope for humanity until struck by The Noise, a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones’ every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World’s many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thought is heard, all movement seen – as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they’ve learned to call home. Based on Patrick Ness‘s novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first part of the Chaos Walking trilogy. It is directed by Doug Liman, produced by Robert ZemeckisAllison Shearmur, Doug Davison, Jack Rapke and Erwin Stoff, from a screenplay written by Charlie KaufmanJamie Linden, Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock. It stars Tom HollandDaisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 December

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 2 Directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, based on a story by McKenna. Part of the Jumanji franchise, the film is a sequel to the 1995 Jumanji, which was based on the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.  The sequel will have the main four stars, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Hart back. Read more / Showing from 13 December

STARS WARS EPISODE IX Produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the ninth and final installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). Read more / Showing from 20 December

CALL OF THE WILD A sled dog struggles for survival in the Alaskan wild. Based on the Jack London‘s 1903 novel of the same name. The film is directed by Chris Sanders, written by Michael Green, and stars Harrison FordDan StevensKaren GillanBradley Whitford and Omar Sy. Read more / Showing from 27 December

SUPER INTELLIGENCE Nothing extraordinary ever happens to Carol Peters, so when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave, she thinks she’s being punked. Or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life…with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything. Now Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug.Directed by Ben Falcone and written by Steve Mallory. Melissa McCarthy will star in what will be her fourth collaboration with her husband, Falcone.  Read more / Showing from 27 December