December 2017 Film Releases in SA


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What’s Happening On The Big Screen: December 2017

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 and for cinemas where the films will be showing.    Report broken links

Showing from 1 December, 2017

PADDINGTONIn Paddington 2 our furry friend is now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community. He undertakes a number of odd jobs to afford a unique pop-up book from an antique book shop – a present for Aunt Lucy on her 100th birthday. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to find the thief. Trailer



ACCIDENT 2In the South African film The Accident a group of teenagers suffer a terrible accident during a joy ride and get trapped at the bottom of a ravine. Written and Directed by Dan Tondowski.  Trailer





BATTLE OF SEXESBattle Of The Sexes tells the true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. The 1973 tennis match between King (Emma Stone) and Riggs (Steve Carell) became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy. Trailer

BAD MOMS 2Best friends Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) deal with more stress during the holidays when their respective mothers come to visit in A Bad Mom’s Christmas. This black comedy is directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is a sequel of the 2016 film Bad Moms.  Watch the trailer




SHE IS KINGShe Is King  is a joyous celebration of Zulu culture in a glossy contemporary setting, showing off Joburg as the “Broadway of Africa”. Think “Smash” meets “Lion King”, in Joburg. Khanyisile is a talented Singer/Dancer/Actor who wants to be a star. She travels from her home in Nongoma to audition for a new musical to be staged at the Joburg Theatre based on the life of Zulu Queen Mkabayi ka Jama. After a couple of detours, she lands a role in the chorus and catches the eye of the best looking dancer in the show, charming soap star Luyanda. Will she be able to keep up with her more seasoned fellow performers, avoid the jealous machinations of the aging leading lady and survive the punishing rehearsal schedule to make it to opening night and shine like the star she is?  Watch the trailer.

OVERDRIVEIn the action-thriller Overdrive a notorious crime boss forces two legendary car thieves to steal a vehicle to win back their freedom. Joined by two beautiful women, the team has one week to pull off the daring heist or risk losing everything, including their lives. Directed by Antonio Negret, the screenplay was written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. The film stars Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas, and Gaia Weiss. Trailer


Showing from 8 December, 2017

In Vuil Wasgoed two cleaning clerks at a laundromat, Wim and Kevin, make their otherwise dull job fun by trying on their clients clothing. One day a mysterious man brings in a suit that Kevin immediately likes. He decides to wear it out to a party and discovers a dismembered finger in the pocket. When he returns to the laundromat he finds the mysterious man waiting for him. A quirky dark comedy, starring Leandie Du Randt, Bouwer Bosch, Bernie Fourie, Tim Theron and Simone Nortman. Directed by Bernie Fourie from a screenplay by Fourie and Bouwer Bosch.Watch the trailer

KIDNAPin Kidnap, a typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mother Karla Dyson when kidnappers snatch her young son Frankie. With no cellphone and no time to wait for police, Dyson jumps into her car to follow the vehicle that holds Frankie. As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Karla must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child. This abduction thriller is directed by Luis Prieto, written by Knate Lee and stars Halle Berry, Lew Temple, Sage Correa. Trailer



beautyAt a student party, Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, catches the eye of Youssef in Beauty and the Dogs. A few hours later, she wanders the streets in a state of shock. It’s the beginning of a long night during which she will have to fight for her rights and dignity to be respected. But how can justice be done when the perpetrators themselves are the arbiters of justice? A French-Tunisian drama directed by Kaouther Ben Hania.




Barbie: Dolphin Magic is the 36th movie in the Barbie Film Series.In this fun, underwater adventure, Barbie and her sisters visit Ken at his summer internship where he works at a coral reef researching dolphins. While diving and exploring, the sisters discover rare, rainbow-colored dolphins, which only visit once a year. Trailer



Showing from 15 December, 2017

STAR WARSStar Wars: The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi) (15/12) is an epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is the second instalment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy following Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). The story resumes immediately after the events of The Force Awakens. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis in returning roles.  Watch the trailer


MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMASThe Man Who Invented Christmas is drama film directed by Bharat Nalluri, written by Susan Coyne, and adapted from Les Standiford’s book. In October 1843, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) was suffering from the failure of his last three books. Rejected by his publishers, he set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat and revive his career. Directed by Bharat Nalluri from Les Standiford’s book of the same name, The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the story of the six fever-pitched weeks in which Dickens created A Christmas Carol. The film takes audiences inside the magical process that brought to life Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and others, changing the holiday into the merry family event we know today. Using real-life inspiration and a vivid imagination, author Charles Dickens brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in “A Christmas Carol,” forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today. Trailer

foreignerIn the action thriller The Foreigner Quan (Jackie Chan) is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers. Directed by Martin Campbell and written by David Marconi, based on the 1992 novel The Chinaman by Stephen Leather. The British-Chinese co-production stars Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy, Orla Brady, Liu Tao and Katie Leung. Watch the trailer

wedding partyThe Nigerian Nollywood comedy Wedding Party 2, follows the romance between Nonso Onwuka (Enyinna Nwigwe) and Deirdre (Daniella Down), the bridesmaid from London. The anticipated sequel is directed by Niyi Akinmolayan. Trailer




Showing from 22 December, 2017

FerdinandIn the animated film Ferdinand a little bull, prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers versus jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five men come to choose the “biggest, fastest, roughest bull” for the bullfights in Madrid and Ferdinand is mistakenly chosen. A computer animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation, based on the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. The film is directed by Carlos Saldanha, and it stars the voice by Adam DeVine, Gabriel Iglesias, Mark Valley, and Kate McKinnon.  Watch the trailer

PITCH PERFECTNow graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3  the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. Watch the trailer

WONDERWHEELIn Wonder Wheel four peoples’ lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny, an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty, Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey, a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina, Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. Written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet. Trailer

Tiger Zinda Hai (English: Tiger is Alive) is an Indian spy thriller directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is the sequel to the 2012 movie Ek ThaTiger. It continues the story of two super spies Tiger and Zoya eight years later. Trailer

Showing from 29 December, 2017

GREATEST SHOWMANThe Greatest Showman is an original musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman. Barnum was a visionary who rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” a spectacle and celebration of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe. Also starring Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. Directed by Michael Gracey and written by Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon.  Watch the trailer


JUMANJIIn the adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a brave explorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way. Directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Scott Rosenberg, it is a spiritual sequel and continuation of the 1995 film of the same name.  Watch the trailer

BEATRIZIn the comedy Beatriz at Dinnera Los Angeles massage therapist and holistic healer (Salma Hayek) drives to the seaside mansion of her client Cathy . When her old Volkswagen breaks down, she receives a friendly invitation from Cathy to stay for a seemingly innocent business dinner. As the guests arrive and the wine starts to flow, Beatriz finds herself in an escalating war of words with Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), a ruthless real estate mogul who cares more about money than people. This comedy-drama is directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay by Mike White. Trailer