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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: March – May 2018
15:17 TO PARIS From Clint Eastwood comes the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride. In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board. The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 9 March
A QUIET PLACE A supernatural horror film set on a farm where a family has been terrorized by a ghostly being for some time. Directed by John Krasinski from a screenplay by Krasinski, Scott Beck, Bryan Woods. Starring John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds. Read more / Trailer / Releases in South Africa on 6 April.
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: 9 March
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 / Release date in South Africa: 9 March
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 / Release date in South Africa: 2 March
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Part I) Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy and unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment. It is the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast with many actors from previous MCU films. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 27 April
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 / Released in SA on 18 May
BLOCKERS When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star. It marks the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 20 April
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 / Released in South Africa on 6 April.
CATCHING FEELINGS A dark South African romantic comedy which follows an urbane young academic (Kagiso Lediga) and his journalist wife (Pearl Thusi), as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer (Andrew Buckland) moves into their Johannesburg home with them. Despite their love for each other, their relationship has hit a rut. Lacking excitement, the couple have settled into a routine that neither agrees with. Max now spends his time at dinners and events, musing over his frustrations with his key conspirator and sounding board, Joel (Akin Omotoso), who himself has his hands full with an illicit affair. The film also features Zandi Tisani, Precious Makgaretsa and Kate Liquorish. “I wanted to make a fun film about Johannesburg. It is a place full of contradictions. It is Africa’s business capital and culturally diverse with a very messy recent history. I find it fascinating that the 30-something, black, middle class characters portrayed in this film never existed 20 years ago because it was essentially illegal to be black and middle class and I guess it would also be impossible to engage in angst ridden, existential navel gazing when you’re fleeing tear gas and rubber bullets from the Apartheid cops. Although it is rumored that the 30-something year olds of Apartheid times had a greater sense of purpose,” says Lediga, who wrote and directed the film. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 9 March
CLOVERFIELD MOVIE The story, set in the near future, centers on a team of astronauts on a space station making a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival. After a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated. Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival. Directed by Julius Onah, written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, and produced by J. J. Abrams. Trailer / Released in South Africa on 4 May
COLOSSAL Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who leaves New York and moves back to her hometown after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spiral out of control, she must figure out why her seemingly insignificant existence is having such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. 2016 science fiction black comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, and Tim Blake Nelson. Trailer / Read more / Release date in South Africa: 13 April
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 / Released in SA on 18 May
DEATH WISH In director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller, Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a trauma surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense, action-thriller Death Wish. Paul Kersey becomes a divided person: A man who saves lives, and a man who takes them; a husband and father trying to take care of his family, and a shadowy figure fighting Chicago crime; a surgeon extracting bullets from suspects’ bodies, and a man seeking justice whom the public calls “The Grim Reaper” that detectives are quickly closing in on. Based on the 1972 novel written by Brian Garfield. Trailer / Read more / Released in south Africa on 9 March
DOWNSIZING This sci-fi adventure imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to 5 inches (13 cm) tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small, but with one catch: the procedure cannot be reversed. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to become small and move to a new downsized community—a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. To Paul’s horror and outrage, he finds out that Audrey backed out at the last second. After the couple understands that they do not have a future together, they divorce and Paul must now figure out how to start his life over in a completely different world. Directed by Alexander Payne and written by Payne and Jim Taylor. Trailer / Releases in SA on 9 March
EARLY MAN Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, this animated comedy tells the story of a plucky cave man named Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. British stop-motion animated adventure comedy directed by Nick Park, written by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, and starring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall. Trailer / Read more/ Released in South Africa on 20 April
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. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 4 May
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. A biographical romantic drama directed by Paul McGuigan, based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner. Trailer / Read more / Released in south Africa on 23 March
FINAL PORTRAIT In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. It is a portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse. Trailer / Read more / Release date in South Africa: 9 March
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 13 April.
FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES Directed by Michael Matthews and written by Sean Drummond, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ is a predominantly Sesotho, Western-inspired tale of an outlaw who returns home after years on the run, and finds a chance for redemption. It tells the story of how, 20 years ago, the young ‘Five Fingers’ fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, Tau returns, seeking peace. Finding the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. Will the Five Fingers stand again? Vuyo Dabula heads an all-star cast that includes Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels and Jerry Mofokeng. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 6 April.
GAME NIGHT Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couple’s game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over. John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein direct the film, marking their second film as co-directors, following Vacation. With Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons and Jeffrey Wright. Trailer / Read more / Release date in South Africa: 2 March
GNOME ALONE A teenage girl moves into a new house in a new town and discovers her house is under attack by underground beasts. After making the discovery, she finds that she and the house gnomes are the only ones who can offer protection to the town. Computer-animated comedy film directed by Peter Lepeniotis and written by Michael Schwartz and Zina Zaflow from a story by Robert Moreland, and Jared Micah Herman & Kyle Newman. Trailer / Read more / Release date in South Africa: 2 March
GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie) , and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? It was directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan.Trailer / Read more / Released in south Africa on 16 March
GRINGO An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth – or two steps ahead? Directed by Nash Edgerton, who made his feature length directorial debut with the acclaimed Australian thriller The Square, Gringo also stars Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 23 March
HAMPSTEAD A charming and funny life-affirming tale about how love can be found in the most unexpected places and proves once and for all that age is no barrier to second chances. An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighborhood. Directed by Joel Hopkins and written by Robert Festinger, with Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 6 April.
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 / Released in South Africa on 30 March
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.
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 (2015) and is the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series, as well as the second installment of a planned Jurassic World trilogy. Directed by J.A. Bayona, screenplay by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly. Trailer / Visit the website / Releases in South Africa on 8 June.
THE LEISURE SEEKER Directed by Paolo Virzì, winner of the 2017 David di Donatello Best Director Award, it stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe- winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call the Leisure Seeker. The couple travels from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, recapturing their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. Back when John and Ella Spencer were young, the ’75 Winnebago Indian they christened “The Leisure Seeker” was a beloved family getaway. Now, the Leisure Seeker has become their actual getaway vehicle, an escape from their well- intentioned but overbearing middle-aged children. Faced with more caregiving than they care to accept, John and Ella resolve to enjoy the freedom of one last RV road trip on their own. Trailer / Released in South Africa on 30 March
MADAME Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are thirteen guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noble woman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair. Written and directed by Amanda Sthers Trailer/ Read more / Released in SA on 27 April
MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE A biographical spy thriller film directed and written by Peter Landesman, based on the 2006 autobiography of FBI agent Mark Felt, written with John O’Connor. The film depicts how Felt became an anonymous source (“Deep Throat”) for reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and helped them in the investigation which led them to the Watergate scandal. The film stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Tony Goldwyn, and Maika Monroe. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 20 April.
MARROWBONE A young man and his younger siblings who have concealed the death of their mother to remain together are plagued by a sinister presence in their home.Spanish drama horror film written and directed by Sergio G. Sánchez. It stars George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg, Kyle Soller, Nicola Harrison, and Tom Fisher. Trailer / Read more / Release date in South Africa: 2 March
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 / Released in South Africa on 23 March
MEERKAT MAANTUIG After her father’s sudden death, Gideonette de la Rey, a fearful young hypochondriac with an overactive imagination, descends into darkness as she realises that she’s the only one left with a cursed family name. With the help of her new friend Bhubesi and his make-shift moonship, she’ll have to find the inner strength to face her fears in order to break the curse. Written and directed by Hanneke Schutte. In Afrikaans with English subtitles. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 16 March
MIDNIGHT SUN A romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar. One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years. As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate. Directed by Scott Speer and written by Eric Kirsten, based on the 2006 Japanese film of same name. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 6 April
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
THE NUMBER The extraordinary tale of the nigh-impossible redemption of high-ranking Magadien, a Magistrate of the 28s, one of the notorious Numbers prison gangs. The film is set in an overcrowded South African prison, peopled by cruel warders and hardened tattooed men in regulation orange overalls. Between the cells, corridors, showers and exercise yard, we discover how the Numbers operate. Strict codes govern each gang and brutal discipline is administered swiftly and without sentiment.From the first, Magadien stands apart from the crowd, participating in 28s activities but questioning his choices. This will put him at risk, for the Numbers demand total fealty, inside and out of jail. When Warden Jacobs is appointed, he still believes in the goodness of men. He focuses his efforts on Magadien to bring about fundamental change in a flawed and self-perpetuating system of violence and abuse. Directed by Khalo Matabane, screenplay by Paul Ian Johnson. With Mothusi Magano, Kevin Smith, LemoTsipa, Warren Masemola, Deon Lotz, Crystal Donner, Sibusiso Msimang, Presley Chweneyagae, Charlton George, Roberto Meyer, Shuraigh Meyer, Vo Gumede, Clint Brink, Johaah Munnik, Sdumo Mtshali, Ayanda Nyandeni, Mlungisi Msibi, Andile Khumalo, Zahir Bassa, Lwazi Mabizela, Nzuzo Khumalo and Gcina Mhlope. Releases in South Africa on 20 April.
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 8 June
PACIFIC RIM UPRISING The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (“The Fate of the Furious'” Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale. This science fiction monster film is directed by Steven S. DeKnight and written by DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin from a story by DeKnight and Nowlin. It is the sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 23 March
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-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 4 May
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST A faith film that doesn’t shy away from presenting the reality of fear, danger and persecution faced by the early believers in the time of Nero . . . and their amazing acts of faith, love and service. It follows the epic story of the man who went from persecutor of the church to a follower of Christ. The story follows Paul (James Faulkner), who suffers alone in a Roman prison, awaiting his execution under Emperor Nero. Mauritius (Olivier Martinez), the ambitious prison prefect, can hardly see what threat this broken man poses. Once he was Saul of Tarsus, the high-ranking and brutal killer of Christians. Now his faith rattles Rome. At great risk, Luke the Physician (Jim Caviezel) visits the aged Paul to comfort and tend to him—and to question, to transcribe and to smuggle out Paul’s letters to the growing community of believers. Amid Nero’s inhuman persecution, these men and women will spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and change the world. Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 6 April.
PETER RABBIT Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Gluck and Rob Lieber, based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 30 March
PHANT0M THREAD Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. “Phantom Thread” is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis. Trailer / Read more / Released in SA on 2 March
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 / Released in South Africa on 4 May
RAMPAGE Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend. This science fiction monster film is directed by Brad Peyton. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games. Trailer / Read more / Release date TBC (Scheduled for 11 May)
READY PLAYER ONE From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger. Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 30 March
RED SPARROW Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust. Directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book of the same name, written by Jason Matthews. Trailer / Read more / Release date in South Africa: 2 March
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ This legal drama written and directed by Dan Gilroy is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man’s former students – the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 13 April
7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE The true story of one of the most daring hostage rescues in history, told from the varying perspectives of the hostage takers. This gripping thriller is inspired by the events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, the film depicts the most daring rescue mission ever attempted. Directed by José Padilha and written by Gregory Burke, with Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 6 April.
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 / Released in South Africa on 27 April
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, taking place sometime between A New Hope and the prequels. It stars Alden Ehrenreich, the 28-year-old actor best known for the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!. Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) who wrote Solo with his son Jon (The First Time). Directed by Ron Howard. Trailer/ Read More / Releases in SA on 25 May
THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT A road trip to visit relatives takes a dangerous turn when a family arrives at a secluded mobile home park that’s mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up. A horror directed by Johannes Roberts and starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman. It is also written by Bryan Bertino and Ben Katai, and it serves as the sequel to the 2008 film The Strangers. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 20 April
SUSTERS Die verhaal gaan oor drie aangenome susters wat van mekaar vervreemd geraak het en hoe hulle op ‘n ontdekkingsreis gaan met die afsterwe van hul moeder. Dis ‘n reis gevul met tere herinneringe, interessante karakters, ongelooflike mooi plekke en dit wat die skoner geslag baie goed mee is – hoe om sakke vol pret te hê. Die rolverdeling sluit in Leah, die veelbekroonde sangeres met albumverkope wat goue status breik het en bekend is vir haar rolle in “As Jy Sing” en “Sterlopers.” Nog ‘n suster word gespeel deur Quanita Adams, self geen vreemdeling vir die kollig nie met heelwat televisie- en filmrolle agter haar naam. En die derde suster is niemand anders nie as Diaan Lawrenson, bekend vir haar rol as Paula in 7de Laan. En dis maar net die hoofrolle – kykers kan hulle gereed maak vir heelwat verrassings met bekendes wat kleiner rolle gaan vertolk. In die regisseurstoel is Corné van Rooyen, bekend vir sy werk op “Hollywood in my huis” en “Vaselinetjie.” Die draaiboek is geskryf deur Corine du Toit en Sandra Vaughn, wat saam ‘n magdom film- en TV-reeksdraaiboeke agter hul naam het, insluitend “Semi-Soet”. Lokprent / Lees Meer / Uitgereik in Suid-Afrika op 30 Maart
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 / Released in SA on 4 May
TOMB RAIDER Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider. Directed by Roar Uthaug and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons. It is based on the 2013 video game of the same name by Crystal Dynamics, and will be a reboot of the Tomb Raider series. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 16 March
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 SA on 11 May
TYLER PERRY’S ACRIMONY A faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) tired of standing by her devious husband is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. Psychological thriller produced, written and directed by Tyler Perry. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 30 March
VICTOR Great movie of inspiration and hope to all who are lost in the world of addiction. In the early 1960s, Victor Torres and his family moved to Brooklyn from Puerto Rico in search of a new life. The American dream quickly fades as they face a life of want in their adopted home. As a new recruit in a street gang, Victor embarks on a lucrative new drug trafficking business in an attempt to help his struggling family. Victor is quickly enslaved by drug use, and his parents, Manuel and Lila, desperately search to find a way to help their son. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 13 April
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 / Release in South Africa on 16 March
WINCHESTER After the sudden death of her family, firearms heiress Sarah Winchester becomes convinced that she’s haunted by the souls of those killed by guns. Winchester then decides to build an enormous mansion that’s designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When skeptical psychiatrist Eric Price visits the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he soon discovers that her obsession may not be so far-fetched after all. Supernatural horror directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, and Jason Clarke. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 30 March
WONDERLUS This is the first full length feature for director Johan Cronje. A wedding ends in shambles and the next morning a group of friends and enemies have to piece together what happened the previous night. It stars Mila Guy, Edwin van der Walt, Beer Adriaanse, Simone Nortmann. Trailer / Read more / Released in South Africa on 27 April
ZULU WEDDING A romantic comedy from producer/director Lineo Sekeleoane. Unashamedly romantic, glamorous and hilarious all at the same time, the film pays loving tribute to the richness of African culture. It acknowledges the sometimes-schizophrenic reality of many urban South Africans who live sophisticated modern lives which are nonetheless shaped by their family cultures, traditions and expectations. Feisty choreographer, Lou “Lungile” (Nondumiso Tembe), will do anything to avoid falling in love. Even more to avoid going home to South Africa, where she’s traditionally engaged to a king. However, when she meets her soulmate Tex (Darrin Dewitt Henson) she is forced to confront the tradition she’s been running away from since the death of her parents, when she turned 18, and the ancestral debt they left her. She hatches a plan to confront the king and convince him to forget about her, but when she prevails upon handsome royal advisor Zulu (Pallance Dladla), to help her get into the royal compound, he proves to be a dangerously seductive charmer, one who seems to represent all the best aspects of her background. Trailer / Released in SA on 20 April