Your Guide To What’s Happening On The Big Screen
Upcoming Film Releases In South Africa: October 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 www.sterkinekor.com, www.cinemanouveau.co.za and www.numetro.co.za for cinemas where the films will be showing. Report broken links
Showing from 6 October, 2017
In the neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner 2049 Ryan Gosling plays Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, who unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.It is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Watch the trailer
A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows in the romantic comedy The Big Sick. Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father. Directed by Michael Showalter, from a screenplay by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Watch the trailer
My Little Pony: The Movie is an animated musical fantasy adventure comedy film based on the television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which was developed as part of the 2010 relaunch of the My Little Pony franchise by Hasbro. In order to stop a threat to the town of Ponyville, the “Mane 6” – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on a journey beyond their home kingdom of Equestria, meeting new friends and overcoming challenges in the process. The film is being directed and written by Friendship Is Magic veterans Jayson Thiessen and Meghan McCarthy respectively, and stars the series’ regular voice cast of Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Cathy Weseluck, with guest performances by Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba, and Zoe Saldana. Watch the trailer
In the crime-drama Good Time Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City’s underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance. This crime-drama film is directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh and Ronald Bronstein. Watch trailer
Wish Upon is a supernatural horror directed by John R. Leonetti, written by Barbara Marshall. Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways. Watch trailer
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes An Inconvenient Truth Sequel: Truth To Power , the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
Showing from 13 October 2017
After being tricked to provide information to the wrong side, a CIA interrogator finds herself at the center of a devastating biological attack on London in Unlocked.It stars Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas and is directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O’Brien. Watch The Trailer
Based on the acclaimed book of the same title by Zakes Mda and adapted for the screen by Zola Maseko, The Whale Caller tells of a kelp-horn-blowing man (Sello Maake Ka-Ncube) who seems to be deeply drawn to a very particular whale. It tells the story of a love triangle between the titular Whale Caller, his beloved whale Sharisha, and Saluni, the village drunk who teaches him to open his heart to people again. Set in Hermanus, the scenic whale watching capital of South Africa, this is a vibrant tale of the New South Africa, with all of its challenges and complexities. It is about whales and nature. But above all, it is about people. Watch the Trailer
In The Snowman Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. He begins to suspect it’s the work of a serial killer.This British crime drama is directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Hossein Amini, based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. Watch the Trailer
In the comedy The Last Word Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine), a once-successful businesswoman, works with young local writer Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) to pen her life story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Lauler’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she’ll be remembered, dragging Anne along as an unwilling accomplice. As their journey unfolds, the two women develop a strong bond which not only alters Harriet’s legacy but also Anne’s future. It is directed by Mark Pellington, from a screenplay by Stuart Ross Fink. Watch the trailer.
In the crime thriller Shot Caller a newly released prison gangster (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California. It is directed and written by Ric Roman Waugh. Watch the trailer
Showing from 20 October 2017
The failure of climate-control satellites threatens to unleash a worldwide storm in the environmental disaster action film Geostorm. After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone along with it. Gerard Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Jim Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Abbie Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Alexandra Mara Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; Derbez as space station crew member Hernandez; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Ed Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom. It is written, produced, and directed by Dean Devlin as his feature debut, starring Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris and Jodi Lyn Brockton . Watch the trailer
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive in the romance-disaster The Mountain Between Us. Stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash, two strangers (Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) must work together to endure the extreme elements of the remote, snow-covered terrain. Realizing that help is not on the way, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing each other to survive and discovering their inner strength. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad and written by Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin. Watch the trailer
In the slasher horror Happy Death Day a teen must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why. Directed by Christopher B. Landon and written by Landon and Scott Lobdell. Watch the trailer
Secret Superstar traces the journey of Insia, a 14 year old girl from Vadodara, whose dream of becoming a singer changes her life and of everyone around her. The Indian musical drama is written and directed by Advait Chandan. Starring : Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, Tirth Sharma, Kabir Sheikh, Farrukh Jaffer and Aamir Khan. Music : Amit Trivedi/ Lyrics : Kausar Munir. Watch the trailer.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is written, co-produced, directed by and starring Tyler Perry. It is the tenth film in the Madea series, the sequel to Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) and the third Madea film (after Madea’s Witness Protection and Boo!) not adapted from the stage play.After venturing to a haunted campground, Madea, Bam and Hattie must run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the boogeyman appear. Watch Trailer
Showing from 27 October 2017
In the superhero actioner Thor: Ragnarok the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, and finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization. It is the sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World and the seventeenth film installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi with a screenplay by Eric Pearson. Watch the trailer
In the horror Jigsaw bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. is the eighth installment in the Saw franchise, picking up over a decade after the death of the Jigsaw killer during the investigation of a new succession of murders that fit his modus operandi. It is directed by Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig (Predestination) , written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, and starring Tobin Bell, Mandela Van Peebles, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen. Watch the trailer
The Journey is a fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) – who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history. This British-Irish drama film was directed by Nick Hamm and written by Colin Bateman. Watch the trailer.
The electrifying South African drama Vaya is is a masterful synthesis of big-city anxieties and aspirations It is directed by Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso, who weaves together three separate stories to create a gripping yet compassionate portrait of small-town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring, and dangerous world of big-city Johannesburg and Soweto. Beginning on a train travelling from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, Vaya focuses on three passengers and follows each of them into the city. They’re strangers to one another, yet bound by interlocking destinies and a shared naïveté. Imagine a South African spin on Amores Perros and you’re partway there. Nkulu (Sibusiso Msimang) is charged with retrieving his father’s remains from the capital and bringing them back home for burial. What he doesn’t know is that a whole other set of relatives have their own plans. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka) is chaperoning a young girl who’s en route to reunite with her mother, a singer who manages a tavern. When Zanele meets the mother’s charismatic boyfriend, he promises that he can get her on TV as a dancer, but there’s more to this offer than meets the eye. Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba), excited by the prospect of getting rich quick, is caught up in criminal activities — ranging from kidnapping to murder — the moment he gets off the train. Shifting effortlessly between scenes of intimacy and of bracing violence, Vayaexudes compassion for each of these small-town characters but does not hold back from plunging them into the urban snakepit that awaits. Watch the trailer
Marshall is a biopic directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff. As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Trailer
The Jungle Bunch is a French-American-British CGI animated film. Maurice may look like a penguin – but he’s a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he’s the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before him. But Igor, an evil koala, wants to destroy the jungle once and for all, helped by his army of silly baboons… The Jungle Bunch – to the rescue.Trailer
The beautifully rendered Indian arthouse film Hotel Salvation marks the debut of young director Shubhashish Bhutiani, enacts a subtle family comedy-drama that anyone who has spent time with an ageing parent could relate to easily. 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. Trailer