Films released on the Big Screen in South Africa in January 2017

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a-monster-callsA MONSTER CALLS A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.  Directed by J.A. Bayonne, with Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver. Watch Trailer Feature: The Art Of Adaptation

alliedALLIED The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour ( Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.  Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Steven Knight.  Feature: A mesmerizing espionage thriller, sweeping war drama and passionate romance / Watch the trailer

ballerinaBALLERINA  An English-language French-Canadian 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film co-directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin. The screenplay, by Summer, Carol Noble and Laurent Zeitoun, with music by Klaus Badelt, concerns a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina and gets a chance to audition for the celebrated school of the Paris Opera Ballet. The film stars the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen. Read more / Watch the trailer

birthofanationBIRTH OF A NATION Set against the antebellum South, it Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Directed by Nate Parker. Watch Trailer Feature: The Birth Of A Nation puts a fiery and focused new lens to history

collateral-beauty-movie-poster-1COLLATERAL BEAUTY When a successful New York ad executive (Will Smith) suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything.   Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways.  From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived. Feature: An inspiring story about the triumph of love and the human spirit / Trailer

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HACKSAW RIDGE The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Directed by Mel Gibson. Go behind the scenes /  Trailer

hoener-3HOENER MET DIE ROOI SKOENE It’s not a children’s movie or a fairytale; neither a drama. It’s a thriller-comedy from renowned director and producer, Koos Roets (‘n Pawpaw Vir My Darling).  Bonnie (Lizz Meiring) is a receptionist at the internationally acclaimed De Waal Theatre Group. Whilst chatting away on the phone, as per usual, her boss, the successful, but unpopular businessman and impresario, Du Toit de Waal (Deon Lotz), is murdered. Bonnie discovers him on the office table behind her with a dagger in his back.  She phones the police and then goes closer to the body to inspect the situation.   Trailer

La La Land 4LA LA LAND  A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Boy meets girl meets the up-ending aspirations of the city of stars – and they all break out of the conventions of everyday life as La La Land takes off on an exuberant song-and-dance journey through a life-changing love affair between a jazz pianist and a hopeful actress. At once an ode to the glamour and emotion of cinema classics, a love letter to the Los Angeles of unabated dreams, and a distinctly modern romance, the film reunites Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, bringing them together with rising writer/director Damien Chazelle (the Oscar-winning Whiplash.) Behind The Scenes Feature:   La La Land gloriously revives the musical genre with verve and vigour / Trailer

LIONLION Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times. Adapted from the memoir “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley, the film  is directed by Emmy Award nominated Garth Davis (Top Of The Lake) from a screenplay by Luke Davies (Candy, Life). Feature: An incredible true story about mothers, and the primal urge to find home / Watch the trailer

manchester-by-the-sea-casey-affleck-lucas-hedges-promoMANCHESTER BY THE SEA tells the story of the Chandler family, a working class family from Massachusetts. After Lee’s (Casey Affleck) older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly passes away, he is made the legal guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). Lee is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Feature: From Page To Screen / Interview with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan

MIDDLE SCHOOL THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE 2MIDDLE SCHOOL:  THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE It chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight. Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rule breakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehaviour from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother’s boyfriend — a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear — threatens to become his stepfather. Directed by Steve Carr, with Lauren Graham, Adam Pally, Isabela Moner.Read more about the film / Trailer

monster_trucks_trailerMONSTER TRUCKS  Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town with a most unlikely friend. Watch trailer

 

passengersPASSENGERS The spaceship, Starship Avalon, on its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as “Homestead II” and transporting 5,259 people has a malfunction in two of its sleep chambers. As a result, two hibernation pods open prematurely and the two people that awoke are stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from their destination. Aurora Dunn (Jennifer Lawrence) is a writer from New York who is interested in cosmic travel. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is a mechanical engineer from Denver who wants to leave Earth and bought the ticket for the journey. The two soon discover that the malfunction that caused them to be awoken prematurely is not the only problem afflicting the huge spaceship, and as they try to find a way out, they soon find themselves falling in love. Go behind the scenes / Trailer

Mark Wahlberg in PATRIOTS DAY to be released by CBS Films and Lionsgate Films.

PATRIOT’S DAY  Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg, it is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed.  In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again.  Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people in Boston. Watch Trailer

snaaks-genoegSNAAKS GENOEG An entertaining and poignant dark comedy, which explores the pain inflicted by humour on the average human being. The film, an original piece written and directed by David Moore, follows a down-and-out comedian (Casper de Vries) who drifts from one small town to another. Having alienated his audience with his crude comments and dirty humours, his popularity has faded. He hits the road fighting not only for survival, but also to find the spark he once had. He has been reduced to doing shows in small towns and working for food and accommodation. As he drifts from remote location to remote location, successful comedians are being kidnapped, tortured and murdered in bizarre ways, and he seems to be riding right into the centre of this storm. The murders and kidnappings are in fact being orchestrated by a genius lawyer, Koos van der Merwe (Tobie Cronje), who gets criminals off their charges in exchange for “sorting out” comedians who offend him and his family name. De Vries has some strange experiences along his journey, some hard and some less so, and all help to make him look at himself and start to re-invent his persona. Go Behind the scenes / Trailer

Split4SPLIT While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.  Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth SenseUnbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.  Read review Feature: M. Night Shyamalan’s Split delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind / Watch the trailer

why-him-trailerWHY HIM? Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry—and Ned’s panic level—escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. Directed by  John Hamburg. Go behind the scenes/   Trailer

xxx-the-return-of-xander-cageXXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.  D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, The Disappointments Room) directs the return to one of Hollywood’s most successful spy-action franchises from a screenplay by F. Scott Frazier (based on characters created by Rich Wilkes).   “More than anything I want the audience to escape and to just have fun,” says Diesel.  “That’s what this film is all about but I also hope it inspires people to be their true selves and not be afraid to be wacky or unique,” he says. Read more / Trailer

 

 

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If you want to win an exclusive Rogue One hoodie and cap, tell us who leads the band of unlikely heroes and send us your answer and contact details with Rogue One in the subject line before December 31, 2016.

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Rogue One tells the story of a group of unlikely heroes, who in a time of conflict band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters). The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, The Golden Compass) and Tony Gilroy  (The Bourne series and Michael Clayton).

 

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Add this funtastic Moana hamper to your Xmas goodies!

If you want to be a winner, simply tell us who composed the song How Far I’ll Go , performed  by South African songstress  and performing artist Lira, who has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go, from Disney’s upcoming animation comedy adventure film Moana.

Send us your contact details with Moana in the subject line before December 31, 2016

Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th Animated Feature, is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.  Go behind the scenes of Moana

How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me, to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you,” says Lira. “It’s a real honour to be involved! Also, the fact that Disney is able to incorporate and feature African voices in projects such as this, is truly exciting.”

How Far I’ll Go is written by Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who counts among his credits Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton” and the Tony-winning “In the Heights” who, when commenting on the track says “This is Moana’s chance to say for herself how she feels and where she belongs.”

 “We are delighted that Lira has lent her world-class talent and distinctively beautiful voice to How Far I’ll Go”, says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “Bringing her voice to the cinematic release of Moana adds a wonderful local dimension to this universal story of finding one’s true self. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lira to bring this unique recording to South African families.”

Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th Animated Feature, is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.   Go behind the scenes of Moana

 

The “astonishing” (The New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi—a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda.

queenofkatwe2Tim Crothers’ sensational bestseller Queen of Katwe is now an inspirational film.

One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.

Tim Crothers at Belk Track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tim Crothers is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is the author of The Man Watching, the biography of University of North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance, and co-author of Hard Work, the autobiography of UNC basketball coach Roy Williams.

Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that—like their daily lives—requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona.

By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master—the first female titled player in her country’s history—Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable countries.

The Queen of Katwe is a “remarkable” (NPR) and “riveting” (New York Post) book that shows how “Phiona’s story transcends the limitations of the chessboard” (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).

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If you want to win a copy of this must-read book that roused the imagination of readers worldwide, and stretched way beyond the borders of Uganda where the true story was born, tell us who wrote the screenplay and send us your answer with your contact details and Queen of Katwe in the subject line before October 31, 2016.  Send your answer here

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This stunning The Legend Of Tarzan Hamper could be yours!

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The Legend of Tarzan hamper includes:

  • A beach towel in a black drawstring bag
  • Ear buds bracelet wrap
  • Set of 4 cork coasters
  • A stuffed elephant
  • Hemp cap with patch
  • Raceback Eco-jersey camouflage Dreamstate tank
  • Alternative Eco jersey Pacific blue drop neck T-shirt
  • Wooden credit card size USB 1GB

If you want the be the proud owner of this hamper worth R1500, tell us where Joshn Ponte, the African technical adviser is based, and send your answer and contact details with The Legend Of Tarzan in the subject line to us before July 31, 2016.    Enter competition here

Josh Ponte, the Africa Technical Advisor on The Legend of Tarzan is on a mission to save endangered animals

 

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Win a Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records when it exploded on the big screen and became the cinematic event of a generation with over $2.05 billion worldwide.

Now, this epic experience from Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams takes us back again to a galaxy far, far away on DVD and a Blu-Ray 2-disc edition.

Fans can now discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with insightful and entertaining in-depth documentary and bonus material that turns a spectacular cinematic experience into an intimate and rewarding journey at home.

If you want to add Star Wars: The Force Awakens to your collection, and be the proud owner of a Star Wars cap, tell us who wrote the screenplay and send your answer and contact details to us before May 31, 2016

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis is a city like no other.

Zootropolis - Poster - 4 Mar (SA)Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootropolis, a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero). opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis is comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.

Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

5 Lucky readers can win an exclusive Zootropolis movie hamper that includes:

  • Notebook
  • Postcard Set
  • T-Shirt
  • Cap

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All you have to do is tell us who wrote the screenplay and send your answer and contact details to us before March 31, 2016   Read more about Zootropolis