Films released in February 2017

Films released in February 2017 in South Africa

adogspurposetrailer-1-809x538A DOG’S PURPOSE  From director Lasse Hallström, who gave us the heartbreaking Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, comes this soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective and is based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron. It stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall. Watch the trailer Feature: Writing A Screenplay from a Dog’s Point Of View

the-cure-for-wellness-teaser-trailerA CURE FOR WELLNESS An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness spa,” located in a picturesque remote location in the Swiss Alps.  The facility promises a cure for what ails modern society, but all is not as it seems, as he uncovers its terrifying secrets and fights to save his life – and sanity.Director Gore Verbinski returns to a genre he knows well. With this mind-bending psychological thriller he delivers a distinctive visual aesthetic and equally disturbing tone that will push you to the very edge of your seat! Directed by Gore Verbinski, with Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs. Feature: A Cure For Wellness reflects society’s malaise and obsession with perfect health / Watch the trailer

CollideCOLLIDE After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins). Now Casey has precious cargo that belongs to Hagen, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her. Casey sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways to save the love of his life before it’s too late. Read more 

denialDENIAL Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, it recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Feature: Denial unmasks the historical truth of the Holocaust / Watch the trailer

fencesFENCES The story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sidney. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Interview: Denzel Washington talks about Fences – directing and starring in the big screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play / Watch trailer

fifty-shades-grey-sequel-darker-castingFIFTY SHADES DARKER Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated sequel to Fifty Shades Of Grey. Following the events of Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia “Ana” Steele tries to move on from her relationship with Christian Grey. A wounded Christian convinces her to resume their romance under Ana’s conditions. As the couple begins their normal relationship, Christian’s past threatens to tear the couple apart. Expanding upon the events set in motion in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which has grossed more than $560 million globally, the films will again become the motion-picture events for Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James, the creator of the series, also return to produce. Directed by James Foley. Feature: A fairy tale that doesn’t play by the rules.  / Watch the trailer

fistfightheader-640x370FIST FIGHT Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in the New Line Cinema comedy “Fist Fight,” directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line.  But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school.  News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed. Watch the trailer / Read more about the film

the-great-wallTHE GREAT WALL When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts, intent on devouring the world, besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.Directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the action-fantasy marks his first English-language production and the largest film ever shot entirely in China. Screenwriters: Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy. Feature: A monster movie set on China’s Great Wall / Watch trailer

hidden-figuresHIDDEN FIGURES  The incredible untold true story of three brilliant women working at NASA who, unbeknown to the public, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Feature:  NASA’s Wonder Women / Watch the trailer

batman-lego-movieTHE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.  But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Feature: The LEGO Batman Movie brings together the energy, imagination and memorable characters from both the LEGO world DC universe / Read the review  / Watch the trailer

Live by night 2LIVE BY NIGHT  It is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies.  The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw.  But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll.  The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld. Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) directed and stars in the dramatic crime thriller and also wrote the screenplay, based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane; it marks the second collaboration for the fellow Boston natives, following the acclaimed drama Gone Baby Gone. Go behind the scenes:  The Art Of Adaptation: Live By Night – A true passion for filmmaker Ben Affleck  / Watch the trailer

loving-jeff-nichols-cannes-reviewLOVING  It celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – making their love story an inspiration to couples everywhere. Directed by Jeff Nichols, with Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, and Nick Kroll.  Watch the trailer  Read more about the film

MoonlightMOONLIGHT A consummate masterwork from writer-director Barry Jenkins that takes you on an emotional journey into the heart and soul of humanity and will live in your heart forever.  This timeless story of human connection and self-discovery tells the heartbreaking story of a young black man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Not to be missed! Behind The Scene Feature: A commanding gay, black coming of age drama that speaks to everyone / Watch the trailer

space-between-usTHE SPACE BETWEEN US A futuristic sci-fi love story that chronicles how Gardner (Asa Butterfield), a 16-year-old boy born and raised in the first human colony on Mars, decides to journey to Earth for the first time to meet a girl (Britt Robertson) he has a crush on and communicates with online. When Gardner makes it to Earth, he not only sees the planet from an “alien’s” perspective, but he finally meets his girl. From there, they endeavour to find Gardner’s mysterious father, whom he has never met. This interspace romance will likely appeal to both teens and adults and was directed by Peter Chelsom, produced by Richard B. Lewis and written by Allan Loeb from a story by Stewart Schill, Lewis and Allan Loeb. Watch the trailer   Read more about the film

resident-evil-1RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER The human race’s last hope against apocalyptic obliteration is super soldier Alice (Milla Jovovich), but she’s been stripped of her psychic powers. She must form alliances and rally survivors in Raccoon City for the climactic battle against the Umbrella Corporation and its ravenous hordes of the undead.It is the sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and the sixth and final instalment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the US$1 billion Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil.Paul W.S. Anderson has been involved with the Resident Evil film franchise as a director and/or writer since the very beginning in 2002. With Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, he brings the story of to a close with the biggest action we’ve seen from the series to date.Says Anderson: ‘’Well this movie, because it’s the end of the franchise, bringing everything full circle, I really had to deliver. There was a lot of pressure on me as a filmmaker to raise the bar and do better than before so, you know, I put a lot of thought and energy into it, that’s for sure… I had several secrets that I’ve been keeping with me for fifteen years, ever since we’ve made the first movie. The truth about the Alice character, the truth about the Red Queen, the real agenda of the Umbrella Corporation, those are things that I’ve known for fifteen years and I haven’t told anyone, even Milla.”.Watch the trailer   Read more about the film

ringsRINGS You’ve heard the legend: You watch the tape, the phone rings, and seven days later, you’re dead. Since 2002, the vengeful spirit of Samara Morgan has wreaked havoc on the curious souls unfortunate enough to stumble upon her cursed VHS tape.In this new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise, a young woman (Julia Matilda) becomes worried about her boyfriend (Alex Roe) when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before… “The Ring was such a game changing movie that ushered in a completely different kind of horror film,” says Director F. Javier Gutiérrez. It wasn’t really gory or violent but every frame fills you with dread.”“As a culture, we’re obsessed with videos, and the way we watch them has changed so dramatically since the first two Ring films,” Gutiérrez explains. “There used to be a ritual to watching VHS. You chose a tape off the shelf, sometimes you had to rewind it or adjust the tracking…it was all very time consuming, but today, you press a button on various possible devices, and a video instantly plays.” Watch the trailer   Read more about the film

metopera-romeojulietROMEO ET JULIETTE Opera lovers are in for a treat with the award-winning production of Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette from 11 February, that includes a screening at 11:30 on Valentine’s Day, 14 February. Hailed by the New York Times for singing “with white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism,” Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo star as the tragic star-crossed lovers in this operatic adaption of Shakespeare’s classic love story. This new Met production of Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette is directed by Bartlett Sher, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the sumptuous score. Read more

5.BOL_SWAN_LAKE_Svetlana_Zakharova_and_Denis_Rodkin_cDamir_YusupovSWAN LAKE The next ballet to be enjoyed from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company on the big screen is one of the classical ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake, which releases on Saturday, 18 February for limited shows. Swan Lake opens at moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, where Prince Siegfried (Denis Rodkin) meets the bewitched swan­‐woman, Odette (Svetlana Zakharova). Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realises too late that Fate has another plan for him …In this quintessential ballet, lovers of dance will be treated to the ethereal magic of prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova as Odette / Odile, roles that she has made her own at the Bolshoi Ballet – and the world over. Read more

trainspotting-2T2: TRAINSPOTTING  First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. With  Ewan McGreggor, Robert Carlyle, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremmer,. Directed by Danny Boyle from a screenplay by John Hodge. Watch the trailerRead review

Films released in January 2017