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Films Showing from 14 December

Four years after Gravity won him the Oscar for best director, the 56-year-old filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón make a remarkable return to the big screen with Roma,  a project he calls the “most essential movie” of his career. Roma is set in Mexico City in the early 1970’s.The story follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City.Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Feature: An Introspective Journey for writer-director Alfonso Cuarón / Showing from 14 December

mortal-engines-trailer-893894MORTAL ENGINES Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved.  Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns.  Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar).  Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. This tartling, new epic adventure is directed by Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong).  Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay.  The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic. Feature: A 24-Year-Journey from Page to Big ScreenTrailer / Showing from 14 December

second actSECOND ACT A comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act. Directed by Peter Segal and written by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin ZackhamRead more /  Trailer / Showing from 14 December

SPIDER-MANSPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE  Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.It is set in an alternate universe from Sony’s other Spider-Man properties, but introduces a shared multiverse. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, from a screenplay by Phil LordRead moreTrailer / Showing from 14 December

elliot-the-littlest-reindeer-post2ELLIOT:  THE LITTLEST REINDEER A good-hearted miniature horse (voice of Josh Hutcherson) dreams of pulling Santa’s sleigh. He gets the chance to audition when a reindeer retires, but troubles on his farm force him to choose between saving Christmas or helping his best friends. Jennifer Westcott wrote and directed this animated film, which also features the voices of Samantha Bee, Martin Short, John Cleese, Morena Baccarin, and Jeff Dunham. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 14 December

New Releases Now Showing

THE GRINCH For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic.   Feature: A New Adaptation Of Dr. Seuss Treasured Classic For A New Generation /  Trailer / Enter Our Grinch Competition 

 

 

INSTANT FAMILY Hoping to start a family, Pete and Ellie (Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne) turn to the foster care system to make their dream come true. The couple soon learn the joys and frustrations of parenthood when they decide to adopt three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl.Co-written, co-produced and directed by Sean Anders. Feature: Inspired by the real life of writer/director/ producer Sean Anders / Trailer 

COLLETTE  Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Feature: An 18-Year-Journey from page to big screen for writer/director Wash Westmoreland / Trailer 

THE HEALER  It follows the life of a man with an unwanted gift for healing. When he meets a teenager with terminal cancer, she unexpectedly helps him to find himself.   It is  directed by Spanish filmmaker and philanthropist Paco Arango (“Maktub”). Feature: A Wholesome Family Film / Trailer 

 

 

This festive season classic is the gift that keeps on giving. It all starts on Chrismas Eve when the clock strikes midnight. The magic begins when Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon her other toys come alive, and Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy, unforgettable adventure. A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for hours of enchantment and fantasy. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, The Nutcracker is timeless and not to be missed!  Showing from 8 December for a limited release /  Trailer / For more information and to make bookings to watch any of the upcoming Ballet productions, visit the website at www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App. You can also book at the box office. For news and updates, go to Facebook page: Ster-Kinekor Theatres and follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY It charts Queen’s extraordinary story, from the band’s roots as bright London college students, to the dazzling heights of international stardom. Feature: A celebration of Queen’s music and lead singer Freddie Mercury’s extraordinary life. / Watch

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CREED 2 Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history. Directed by Steven Caple Jr., screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker. With Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren. Feature: The next chapter of the Adonis Creed story / Trailer 

PUZZLE A woman (Kelly Macdonald) who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man (Irrfan Khan) for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.  Directed by Marc Turtletaub and written by Oren Moverman and Polly Mann, based on the 2010 Argentine film of the same nameRead more / Trailer 

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Six years after the events of Wreck-It Ralph  the story centers on Wreck-It Ralph’s adventures in the Internet data space when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade by Mr. Litwak, as he must find a replacement for the broken steering wheel of Sugar Rush.  Feature: Ralph Breaks The Internet marks the first feature-length theatrical sequel from Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2000’s Fantasia/2000.Trailer 

 

STATUS UPDATE Ross Lynch (My Friend Dahmer) stars as Kyle Moore, a teenager who, after being uprooted by his parents’ separation and unable to fit into his new hometown, stumbles upon a magical app that causes his social media updates to come true.  Read more / Trailer / 

 

 

Conducted by Sir Mark Elder and staged by Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak, Samson et Delila revisits the biblical story of the two lovers, whose romance ends in betrayal at Nouveau Cinemas from 23 November. Read more about the New Met: Live in HD Season

 

 

FRANK & FEARLESS Set in Africa, the movie takes you on a thrilling adventure as a loveable old man, Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster), and a ten year old rural African boy, Fearless (Themba Ntuli), set out to kidnap the ambassador of a South-East Asian country in an attempt to stop rhino slaughter. Interview with director and co-writer Gray Hofmeyr Trailer

 

 

 

HUNTER KILLER Action-thriller. An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. Directed by Donovan Marsh and written by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss, based on the 2012 novel Firing Point by Don Keith & George Wallace. With Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman. Feature: Hunter Killer – A classic submarine thriller / Trailer 

I STILL SEE YOU Bella Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Feature: I Still See You – A stylish supernatural thriller / Trailer 

 

 

SHOCK AND AWE Reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, working with the support of their editor John Walcott and famous war correspondent Joe Galloway, set forth to sift through the chaos and official lies, uncover the truth behind the Bush Administration’s 2003 Invasion of Iraq , and report it to the public.   Read more / Trailer 

 

 

 

ANON In the near future, private memories are recorded and crime has almost ceased to exist. Sal Frieland (Clice Owen) is a detective in a world with no privacy, ignorance, or anonymity; where everyone’s lives are transparent, traceable, and recorded by the authorities; where crime almost ceases to exist. Feature: A meditation on the fraught relationship between technology and humanity / Trailer 

 

FANTASTIC BEASTS:  THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (3D and IMAX) The second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.Feature: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World / Trailer 

 

 

WIDOWS  A Heist thriller from Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption.  Feature: A Female-Driven Heist Film /  Trailer 

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE  Seven very different but equally lost souls converge on the El Royale, a once-glorious resort that has since fallen—like its visitors—into disrepute. Feature: A Passion Project For Writer-Director Drew GoddardTrailer 

 

 

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB  A first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller by David Lagercrantz, which continues the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, under the direction of rising filmmaking talent Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe,  with a screenplay adaptation crafted by Jay Basu & Fede Alvarez and Steven Knight. Feature: 21st century fiction’s most original and complicated warrior for justice Trailer 

LIFE ITSELF Director and writer Dan Fogelman, creator of the groundbreaking series “This Is Us,” takes a poignant and expansive look at love, family, tragedy, joy and fate. Feature: An unconventional multi-generational narrative with multiple protagonists Trailer 

 

 

OVERLORD From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist. Directed by Australian filmmaker Julius Avery from a screenplay is by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips ) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) from a story by Billy Ray. Feature:  A Supernatural World War II Zombies Film /  Trailer 

 

 

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Behind The Scenes Features, Interviews & Trailers of 2018 Film Releases