August 2018 Film Releases

AUGUST RELEASES

There are 26 New Films Released In South Africa during August 2018.

Information provided by the film distributors in South Africa: Ster Kinekor, Empire Entertainment Africa, UIP SA, and Black Sheep Films.  Dates subject to change, visit www.sterkinekor.comwww.cinemanouveau.co.za and www.numetro.co.za for cinemas where the films will be showing.    Report broken links  / LATEST RELEASES / SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2018

Showing from Aug 17

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 

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

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 

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 

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 

Showing from 24 Aug

AXLA.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 

CRAZY RICH ASIANSCRAZY 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

EQUALISEREQUALIZER 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 

 

 

THE WIFETHE 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 31 Aug

UPGRADE2UPGRADE 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

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

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3HOTEL 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 

First PurgeFIRST PURGE Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: “The First Purge.” To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city

borders and spread across the nation. Read more Trailer

HAPPY TIME MURDERSTHE 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 

 

 

 

EVA2EVA 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 

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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. Feature: Re-inventing Classic Characters and Telling A New Story / Trailer 

HOTEL ARTEMIS As rioting rocks Los Angeles in the year 2028, disgruntled thieves make their way to Hotel Artemis — a 13-story, members-only hospital for criminals. It’s operated by the Nurse, a no-nonsense, high-tech healer who already has her hands full with a French assassin, an arms dealer and an injured cop. As the violence of the night continues, the Nurse must decide whether to break her own rules and confront what she’s worked so hard to avoid. Dystopian action thriller written and directed by Drew Pearce, in his feature directorial debut. With Jodie Foster. Feature: An Original High-Octane Futuristic Crime Thriller / Trailer 

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. Feature: Mary Shelley – A coming of age story about a young woman trying to find and own her voice 200 years ago / Trailer 

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. Feature: An Intense And Relevant Action-Thriller Propelled By Two Anti-Hero-Protagonists / Trailer 

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 

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 

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 / Trailer

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. Feature: Jurassic Park Meets Jaws / Trailer 

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. Feature:The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society – a 10-year journey from page to screen /  Trailer 

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 

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