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What’s Happening On The Big Screen In November 2017
Showing from 3 November, 2017
FLATLINERS The original Flatliners hit the big screen in 1990. An extremely stylized and unsettling film, it immediately struck a nerve with audiences. Now, more than 25 years later, Flatliners returns to the screen in a contemporary reimagining. Douglas, a producer of the original film, teamed with producers Laurence Mark and Peter Safran to bring the retelling to the screen. In the story five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly perilous, they are each confronted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev from a screenplay by Ben Ripley and a story by Peter Filardi. Read more / Trailer
“Flatliners is a journey into the unknown – the last unknown, you could say,” says director Niels Arden Oplev, best known for his work as the director of the Swedish film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the pilot of the acclaimed series “Mr. Robot.” “It’s an outrageous subject, to travel beyond death and have your friends try to bring you back, to explore what’s on the other side.”
THE HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET A South African supernatural horror film directed by Alastair Orr (The Unforgiving; Expiration; Indigenous) from a screenplay co-written with Catherine Blackman and Jonathan Jordaan (Expiration).Roguish kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy diamond distributor hoping to gain a large ransom. But when they have her locked up in their hideout, they come to realise their victim has been possessed by a sinister demon… Starring Sharni Vinson (Patrick: Evil Awakens; You’re Next; Bait), Carlyn Burchell (Red: Werewolf Hunter; RoboCop; Darker Than Night), Zino Ventura and Steven John Ward (Dominion). Read more / Trailer
WIND RIVER Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan who is previously known for his work on Hell or High Water and Sicario, this suspense thriller follows the crime investigation of a young girl who lives in the US state of Wyoming who was found frozen, barefoot and dead in the ice mountains. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) discovers a body in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), but she’s unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. When she employs Cory as a tracker, the two venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements. Read more / Trailer
ONLY THE BRAVE It’s not what stands in front of you… it’s who stands beside you. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of a local firefighting crew that becomes one of the most elite firefighting teams in the nation. As most of run from danger, they run toward it – risking everything to save a town from a historic wildfire. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy). Written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer. Based on the GQ article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn. Read more / Trailer
“In an age of superheroes, Only the Brave is a film about real heroes,” says director Joseph Kosinski. “It explores notions of brotherhood, sacrifice, redemption, all set in the world of wildfire – something I haven’t seen in the cinema before. It’s a story that needs to be told and a world that should be seen on a big screen.”
Many moviegoers will be unfamiliar with the term “hotshot.” As is explained in the film, it’s a special and honored designation: hotshots are the country’s top wildland firefighters – the Navy SEALs of firefighting. “The way they fight fires is very different than people would think: they don’t carry water; they fight fire with fire,” Kosinski explains. “They dig lines and cut down trees and try to establish a border. They light fire, back burns, that they use to battle against the wildfire.”
HOTEL SALVATION An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar (Adil Hussain) that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan(Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel.Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he finds himself torn, not knowing what he must do to keep his life together. Writer & Director Shubhashish Bhutiani. Trailer / Visit website
Showing from 10 November, 2017
ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community.
After reading in USA TODAY about Reverend Michael Spurlock and All Saints church’s heroic efforts to help Karen refugees relocated to Tennessee, Director Steve Gomer believed the inspiring true story needed to be made into a feature film. He enlisted the help of writer Steve Armour to hammer out the screenplay and the two went through 15 versions of the script before they felt it was right. Website / Trailer
“One of the best decisions that I have ever made in 30 years of being in this business was to say yes to this movie. I love that it’s based on real-life people. And it’s about people from different backgrounds, all over the world, really, coming together for the common good, for one common goal. It’s a story of love in its truest sense.” –John Corbett
MOTHER! In the psychological horror Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky admits mother! is hard to slot into any one particular genre, and that’s because even he can’t fully pinpoint where everything in this film came from: “Some came from the headlines we face every second of every day, some came from the endless buzzing of notifications on our smart phones, some came from living through the blackout of Hurricane Sandy in downtown Manhattan, some came from my heart, some from my gut. Collectively it’s a recipe I won’t ever be able to reproduce, but I do know this concoction is best served as a single dose – in a shot glass.” Read more / Trailer
TULIP FEVER Set against the backdrop of the 17th-century Tulip Wars, a married noblewoman (Alicia Vikander) has an affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) and switches identities with her maid to escape the wealthy merchant she married. She and her lover try to raise money together by investing what little they have in the high-stakes tulip market. Read more / Trailer
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING When some footage dating back to 1976 is discovered, the case of the haunted house in Amityville is reopened in Amityville: The Awakening. An ambitious woman who is working as a television news intern seizes the opportunity to advance her career and is soon leading a team of journalists, clergymen, and paranormal researchers into the house, but she may have unwittingly opened a door to the unreal that she will never be able to close. Written and directed by French film director and screenwriter Franck Khalfoun (P2, Wrong Turn at Tahoe, Maniac). Read more / Watch The Trailer
SUBURBICON A home invasion rattles a quiet family town in the dark crime comedy, directed by George Clooney (Monuments Men, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night, and Good Luck) and written by Joel and Ethan Coen. The movie is set in the quiet family town of Suburbicon, where the best and worst of humanity is reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.With Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, Julianne Moore, Glenn Fleshler. Read more/ Watch the Trailer.
WOLF WARRIORS 2 In this Chinese action film China’s deadliest special forces operative settles into a quiet life on the sea. When sadistic mercenaries begin targeting nearby civilians, he must leave his newfound peace behind and return to his duties as a soldier and protector. Directed by Wu Jing, who also stars in the lead role. Read more / Watch trailer
Showing from 17 November, 2017
LIEWE KERSFEESVADER A young beauty queen is flung into swift adulthood when her father assumes a new identity: Father Christmas. Juggling an unhinged father, an impressionable kid brother and a growing romance, Nonnie has to redefine her own meaning of family. Written and directed by Ettiene Fourie (Die Windpomp, Dis Koue Kos Skat)
“Liewe Kersfeesvader is a story that is incredibly personal to me. It deals with themes of family, the always-rocky transition from childhood to adulthood and, above all, love. It allows a glimpse into the lives of a typical, seemingly inconsequential family, who undergoes extraordinary challenges. Liewe Liewe Kersfeesvader is a story about choosing to love and accept your family, not despite but rather for their imperfections. It is a story about loss and it shows how there is nothing more effective than tragedy to glue a disjointed family back together.” Writer-director Ettiene Fourie
PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN A superhero origin tale unlike any other, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) to create the iconic feminist superhero Wonder Woman. While Marston’s groundbreaking character was pilloried by censors for its sexual frankness, he was living a secret life that was equally controversial. Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman were his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their mutual lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), self-empowered women who defied social conventions while they helped Marston advance his prescient behavioral research.
A a bold and illuminating true superhero origin story from writer/director Angela Robinson, it is also a tale of invention, perseverance and courage against the forces of oppression. Read more / Watch the trailer
For Luke Evans, the movie tells the origin story with depth and resonance. “It’s the perfect moment to tell the story of how Wonder Woman came to be. You see, there’s a reason that Wonder Woman has withstood the test of time. She represents female strength and the power women can have. She’s different from Superman or Batman. She possesses attributes and energies and techniques that men fail at, miserably so. She doesn’t use her super powers to defeat. She uses them to make people tell the truth.”
Robinson believes that Professor Marston & The Wonder Women has something of importance to impart to audiences. “It’s a powerful message about the nature of love and acceptance and having the courage to be who you are. Wonder Woman’s mission is to stop violence, to stop war and to stand for peace. That’s what I took away from the experience and I hope that’s what everyone takes away.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the first-ever big screen epic action adventure starring as the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Directed by Zack Snyder, the screenplay is by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Following the death of his Snyder’s daughter; Joss Whedon (The Avengers and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron )was brought on to work on additional scenes and the post-production process. Website / Trailer
THE STAR In Sony Pictures Animation film a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.Based on the Nativity of Jesus, and of an original pitch by Tom Sheridan, it is written by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore. Read more / Watch the trailer
THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART 1942: The Third Reich is at its peak. The Czech resistance in London decides to plan the most ambitious military operation of WWII: Anthropoid. Two young recruits in their late twenties, Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, are sent to Prague to assassinate the most ruthless Nazi leader—Reich-protector Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the SS, the Gestapo, and the architect of the Final Solution.
Jimenez co-wrote the screenplay with his partner, Audrey Diwan, and British screenwriter David Farr (Hanna), and their work is based on the eponymous 2012 bestseller by Laurent Binet.
The assassination — by two men of the Czechoslovak Resistance — of Reinhard Heydrich, the leader of Czechoslovakia under Nazi occupation, head of the Sicherheitsdienst and the brains behind the Final Solution, was the subject of films by both Fritz Lang and Douglas Sirk that were released in 1943, only a year after the events occurred. Something similar seems to be happening again now, almost 75 years later, with Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid released last year (headlined by Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones) and now the arrival of The Man With the Iron Heart (HHhH) from French director Cedric Jimenez, who casts Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell and Mia Wasikowska in the leads.
Showing from 24 November, 2017
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. Website / Watch the trailer
REBEL IN THE RYE Directed and written by Danny Strong, Rebel In The Rye is based on the book J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski, about the life of young writer J. D. Salinger during World War II. Author J.D. Salinger leads a reclusive lifestyle after the success of his popular and controversial novel “The Catcher in the Rye.”The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Brian d’Arcy James, Victor Garber, Hope Davis, and Lucy Boynton. Read more / Watch Trailer
COCO An animated musical-fantasy. Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.The concept of the film is based on the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead. The screenplay was penned by Adrian Molina, and the story by Lee Unkrich. It is directed by Unkrich, and co-directed by Molina. Read more/ Watch Trailer
OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” for a limited time in S.A. theaters on Nov. 24, 2017
DADDY’S HOME 2 In this comedy father and stepfather Dusty and Brad join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children. Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho dad and Brad’s gentle father arrive to turn the holiday upside down.Directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris. It stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg. Read more / Trailer
POTATO POTAHTO A story of a divorced couple who decides to share equal space in their ex-matrimonial home soon realise that the ingenious idea is easier said than done. Bent on flexing their egos and scoring points, Tony (OC Ukeje) and Lulu (Joselyn Dumas) implore various hilarious tactics that soon inflames emotions and turns an already complicated situation into a roller coaster ride. The film is a collaborative project between Ghanaian, Nigerian, British, French and Swedish film producers, who have co-produced with the aim to make African-made cinema more accessible to global markets. Read more/ Trailer
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.