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Upcoming Film Releases In South Africa: August to 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 www.sterkinekor.com, www.cinemanouveau.co.za and www.numetro.co.za for cinemas where the films will be showing.    Report broken links

AUGUST 2017

KrotoaThe remarkable local drama  Krotoa (4/8) was inspired by real-life historical events and tells the story of a feisty, bright, young eleven-year old girl (Charis Williams), who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp), her uncle’s trading partner. She is brought into the first Fort, established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. There she grows into a visionary young woman, who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck, who became the first Governor of the Cape Colony. Krotoa (Crystal-Donna Roberts) ends up being rejected by her own Khoi people and destroyed by the Dutch, when she tries to find the middle way between the two cultures. The film, written by Kaye Ann Williams and Margaret Goldsmid, was created by a dynamic team of women, with acclaimed filmmaker Roberta Durrant as director and producer. Roberta is the creator of various award-winning South African television series and sitcoms, as well as the children’s film, Felix, which won seventeen international film awards. The film has already won eight coveted awards, including an Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues and Zero Discrimination; a Best of Show at the Depth of Field International Film Festival; a Platinum Award at the International Movie Awards; a Diamond Award at the Filmmakers World Festival; a Best of Show at the IndieFEST Film Awards; an Award of Excellence Special Mention: Women Filmmakers at the Accolade Global Film Competition; a World Platinum Award at the World Woman Awards and an award for Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival held in New York. Watch the trailer

AsinamaliBased on Mbongeni Ngema’s multi-award-winning 1985 South African musical hit of the same name, Asinamali! (4/8) is a film of immense vitality, sadness and humour, combining exhilarating dance and acting with awe-inspiring choral music. Inspired by events surrounding the 1983 rent boycott in Lamontville township, Durban, it follows a group of prisoners as they think back on their pasts and the events leading to their arrests. The hardship of prison life is told through the experiences of the inmates, whose lives are made even more difficult by sadistic prison warder Sergeant Mgwaqaza. At the same time, the prison authorities are under pressure to accommodate Comrade Washington, an exiled MK soldier working for Amnesty International, and mandated to run drama workshops with the inmates at the notorious Durban Central Prison. Directed by Darrell James Roodt. Watch clip from stage production

Brimstone-2016-trailerThe western thriller Brimstone  (4/8) is a triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz (Dakota Fanning), carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Guy Pearce) – a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s no victim – a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve. Fear not. Retribution is coming. A western thriller film conceived, written and directed by Martin Koolhoven. The film stars Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington and Carice van Houten. Watch the trailer

Baby Driver

Ansel Elgort is Baby Driver

In the action crime-comedy Baby Driver (4/8), Ansel Elgort (The Divergent Series, The Fault in Our Stars) is a talented getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his criminal lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a mob boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.Written and directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) Watch the trailer

 

Girls TripIn Girls Trip  (4/8) four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate. Watch the trailer

below_her_mouth_-_h_2015Below Her Mouth (11/8) is a bold, uninhibited Canadian drama that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Jasmine is a successful fashion editor living with her fiance. On a night out in the city with her best friend, she meets Dallas, a roofer recently out of a relationship. Surprised by the confidence with which Dallas pursues her, Jasmine turns Dallas down but can’t get her out of her head. When Jasmine finally succumbs, the two women embark on a steamy affair that forces them both to re-evaluate their lives. Directed By Ang Lee from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli.Directed by April Mullen, the film stars Natalie Krill as Jasmine and Erika Linder as Dallas, two women in Toronto who meet and begin a passionate love affair.  Watch the trailer

DetroitA police raid in the period crime drama Detroit (11/8) in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history. The story is centered around The Algiers Motel Incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women. Period crime drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal based on the The Algiers Motel Incident. Watch the trailer

snatched-trailerWhen her boyfriend dumps her, Emily (Amy Schumer), a spontaneous woman in her 30s, persuades her ultra-cautious mom (Goldie Hawn),  to accompany her on a vacation to Ecuador in the action comedy Snatched (11/8). At Emily’s insistence, the pair seek out adventure, but suddenly find themselves kidnapped. When these two very different women are trapped on this wild journey, their bond as mother and daughter is tested and strengthened while they attempt to navigate the jungle and escape. Directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Amy Schumer, Katie Dippold, and Kim Caramele.  Watch the trailer.

My Cousin RachelIn the American-British romantic drama My Cousin Rachel (11/8) a young Englishman (Sam Claflin) finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, Italy. He vows revenge against Ambrose’s missing wife Rachel (Rachel Weisz), blaming her for his untimely demise. When Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband’s estate from the unsuspecting Philip. Written and directed by Roger Michell. This dark romance is based upon the 1951 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. Watch the trailer

Son of BigfootIn Son Of Bigfoot 11/8) teenage outsider Adam sets out on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot! He has been hiding deep in the forest for years to protect himself and his family from HairCo., a giant corporation eager to run scientific experiments with his special DNA. As father and son start making up for lost time after the boy’s initial disbelief, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination. But little do they know, HairCo. is on their tail as Adam’s traces have led them to Bigfoot!  This Belgian CGI-animated film is directed by Ben Stassen and Jeremy Degruson. Watch the Trailer

The Lost City Of ZBased on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City Of Z (11/8) tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession. Watch the trailer

Hitmans BodyguardIn the action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard (18/8) the world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds)  is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood. Action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor. With Gary Oldman and Samuel Jackson. Watch the trailer.

Finders KeepersIn the local comedy Finders Keepers (18/8) Lonnie and Brian go on the run from the Cape Town underworld, after finding a box filled with cash and a valuable wrist watch. They steal a lucky fish to barter with the gangsters. Directed by Maynard Kraak. With Dalin Oliver, Neels Van Jaarsveld, Lise Slabber. Watch the trailer.

Family ManIn A Family Man (18/8) a Chicago personnel recruiter (Gerald Butler) is hungry to stay on top of his competitive profession, but when his son (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with cancer, his priorities are called into question. Directed by Mark Williams and written by Bill Dubuque. Watch the Trailer

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Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home in Annabelle: Creation (18/8), soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle. Directed by David F. Sandberg, and written by Gary Dauberman. With Stephanie Sigman, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Miranda Otto. Watch the trailer

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Angels In America

Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s stageplay Angels In America forms part of the NT Live S4eason and will be screened in 2 parts. Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches (19/8) is set in America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992. Running Time: Part One is about 3 hours and 30 minutes, with two 15-minute intervals. Part Two: Perestroika, will be broadcast live from 2 September.

atomicblonde2.0Charlize Theron is Atomic Blonde (25/8), an undercover MI6 agent, sent alone into Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier from within the destabilized city in an action spy thriller directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad, based on Antony Johnston’s 2012 graphic novel. Equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on an impossible mission, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through a deadly game of spies. Watch the Trailer

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Robert DeNiro is a comic icon in The Comedian (25/8), attempting to reinvent himself despite his audience only wanting to know him as a television character he played earlier in his career. After accosting an audience member, Jackie is sentenced to community service where he meets Harmony Schiltz (Leslie Mann). Directed by Taylor Hackford. Watch trailer

In 2.22  (25/8) Dylan Branson (Michiel Huisman) is an air traffic controller who possess a unique ability to visualize patterns. His life is permanently derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself every day and threatens the life of the woman he loves (Teresa Palmer).They begin to fall in love and realize they share the same birthday, but as each day passes, Dylan unexpectedly is experiencing a series of unexplained and common events relating to similar patterns happening at precisely 2:22. As each day passes, Dylan investigates and discovers that these experiences are somehow related to a 30 year old murder that occurred at Grand Central between Evelyn and Jake (around where the strange events are occurring in the present). Dylan feels that there is some unexplained connection between this murder, him and Sarah (and possibly her artist ex-boyfriend who created a hologram mimicking the same scene at Grand Central that Dyan is experiencing which happens to recreate the old murder). As the days speed ahead, approaching Sarah’s and Dylan’s birthday, and Sarah doubting his sanity, Dylan must race to solve the mystery of 2:22 to preserve a powerful love between the couple. This American-Australian thriller is directed by Paul Currie and written by Nathan Parker and Todd Stein. Watch The Trailer

Renoir - Revered and ReviledThe Exhibition On Screen documentary Renoir – Revered and Reviled (26/8)  joins the longstanding debate over the merit of the artist’s ‘late period’ works. Was Renoir a self-indulgent fantasist? Or was Matisse right to declare his voluptuous female figures “the loveliest nudes ever painted”? Viewers will be able to decide for themselves, guided by a host of esteemed art experts and an up-close view of the collection itself. Watch the trailer

SEPTEMBER 2017

American MadeTom Cruise and his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, reteam for a new 1980s smuggler film American Made (1/9). Cruise plays a TWA pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House. Watch the Trailer

Bounce BackFather, author and relationships expert, Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore) is on a whirlwind book tour promoting his new best seller, The Bounce Back (1/9). He’s got it all figured out until he meets the acerbic Kristin Peralta (Nadine Velazquez), a talk show circuit therapist who’s convinced he’s nothing but a charlatan. Matthew’s life is turned upside down when he inadvertently falls for Kristin and has to face the painful truth of his past relationship. Directed by Youssef Delara. Watch the trailer

Fun Mom DinnerThe comedy Fun Mom Dinner (1/9) is set in an unspecified corner of suburban Los Angeles, the kind of neighborhood where the families own SUVs, have big lots and are mostly white, the story revolves around four families whose kids all go to the same cozy elementary school. Harried mother-of-two Emily (Katie Aselton) was a high-powered lawyer before she met husband Tom (Adam Scott). However, now they’ve grown so distant and exhausted by parenthood, he can barely bring himself to kiss her on the mouth as he leaves in the morning. And that’s before her toddler throws the contents of his diaper in her face. Dope-smoking mom-of-four-boys Kate (Toni Collette), on the other hand, Emily’s best friend since college, has found a way to keep the love alive with her husband Andrew (Rob Huebel), thanks mostly to her willingness to dispense fellatio during commercial breaks and not giving a shit who she offends with her smart-ass ways.The screenplay by Julie Rudd (whose real-life husband Paul Rudd gets a wacky cameo as a medicinal marijuana dealer married to partner in legal-highs David Wain). Directed by Alethea Jones. Watch the trailer

First Kill 2Trying to reconnect with his son Danny, big shot Wall Street broker Will (Bruce Willis) takes his family on a hunting trip to the cabin where he grew up in the action film First Kill (1/9). The trip takes a deadly turn when they go hunting and stumble upon several robbers and witness the murder of one of the criminals. After becoming entangled in a bank heist gone bad, which results in the kidnapping of Danny, Will is forced to help the kidnappers evade the police chief and recover the stolen loot in exchange for his son’s life. It is directed by Steven C. Miller and written by Nick Gordon. Watch the trailer.Angels in America 2

Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s stageplay Angels In America forms part of the NT Live Season. Part Two: Perestroika, (2/9) picks up right where Millennium Approaches left off. Prior is in his bed with the angel hovering over him. He tells the angel to go away. The first act also reconnects with the play’s other characters. Hannah, Joe’s mother, takes care of poor Harper, who’s having a really hard time with the fact that Joe left her for a man. Roy Cohn, dying of AIDS, checks into a hospital to meet his new nurse, Belize. And Joe and Louis finally consummate their relationship.

Dark TowerJake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World in Dark Tower (8/9) Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to the land Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete. Science fantasy western horror film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the series of novels of the same name by Stephen King. The film is a quasi-sequel to the The Dark Tower book series, following the ending of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. From 8 September. Watch the trailer

The ExceptionIn the romantic war drama The Exception (8/9) German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids. It marks the directorial debut of David Leveaux. Watch the trailer. 

9 11In 9/11 (8/9) a group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens. Directed by Martin Guigui from script he co-wrote with Steven Golebiowski. With Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzman, Wood Harris and Olga Fonda.

 

recceThe Recce (8/9) is a local army movie focusing on the The South African Special Forces Brigade and one mans fight for his life behind enemy lines. After the SADF wrongfully declares young Recce Henk Viljoen (Greg Kriek)  dead behind enemy lines, it’s up to him alone to use every skill and tool in his arsenal to make it back to his grieving wife. With the enemy hot on his trail and a lethal gunshot wound in his gut, Henk’s chances for survival are looking slim as he navigates the treacherous war torn African landscape. Written and directed by Ferdinand Van Zyl. Watch the trailer

In the drama The Glass Castle (8/9) a young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children’s brilliant and charismatic father captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want to take on the work of raising a family. Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film is based on Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir of the same name. With Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. Watch the Trailer

Logan LuckyIn the heist comedy Logan Lucky (8/9) the Logans are a hardscrabble family from the hills of West Virginia, and their clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. But the conniving Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) decides its time to turn the family’s luck around, and with a little help from his friends, the Redneck Robbers, he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay by Rebecca Blunt. Watch the trailer.

American Assassin

Dylan O’Brien in American Assassin

American Assassin (15/9) deals with Black ops recruit and counter terrorism agent Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) who is reeling from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack when he is assigned to shadowy CIA figure Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to receive special training in tracking terrorists. Rapp and Hurley are then dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions. Directed by Michael Cuesta, based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name.Watch the trailer

ITBased on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, It: Part 1 – The Losers’ Club (15/9) a group of outcast kids discover a shape-shifting entity, who may be linked to the recent cases of missing children in the town, but also face their own personal demons. The group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. Directed by Andrés Muschietti, and written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. It is intended to be the first installment in a planned duology, as well as being the second adaptation following Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 miniseries. With Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis. Watch the trailer

Home AgainIn the romantic comedy Home Again (15/9) a recently separated mother of two (Reese Whitherspoon)  starts a new life in Los Angeles, which is complicated by her decision to house three young, charismatic guys (Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Reid Scott). It was wrtten and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. Watch the trailer.

Set against the backdrop of a jail, Lucknow Central (15/9) stars Farhan Akhtar playing a prisoner who forms a band along with other jail inmates. The walls are full of positive thoughts to inspire the prisoners, giving them an opportunity to improve and change their bad habits and start life afresh. directed by Ranjit Tiwari.

EmojiThe 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy The Emoji Movie (22/9) centers on Gene, a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a phone, when he sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents, after causing a misconception emoji. Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.written and directed by Tony Leondis. Watch the trailer

VaselinetjieThe Afrikaans film Vasselinetjie (22/9) tells the story of Helena ‘Vaselinetjie’ Bosman, a white girl raised by her loving coloured grandparents in a remote rural village in the Northern Cape, South Africa. However, upon learning that Vaselinetjie is not their biological grandchild, the welfare intervenes and decides to send Vaselinetjie to a state orphanage in the far away city of Johannesburg. Based on Anoeschka von Meck’s celebrated youth novel. It is a story about defining your identity and race within the turmoil of post Apartheid South Africa. Nicole Bond and Marguerite Van Eeden make their big screen debut as both older and younger Vaselinetjie. Other cast members include Arno Greeff, Elzet Nel, Elani Dekker, Marise Loots, Anchen Du Plessis, Daniah De Villies, Royston Stoffels and Shaleen Surtie-Richards. Written and directed by Corne Van Rooyen.

The historical drama Alpha (22/9) is a story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. After a hunting expedition goes awry, a young caveman struggles against the elements to find his way home.This historical drama film directed by Albert Hughes and written by Dan Wiedenhaupt. The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén. Watch the trailer.

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Stronger

In the drama Stronger (22/9) Jake Gyllenhaal plays a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 who helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma. Written by John Pollono, based on the book of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Directed by David Gordon Green. Watch the Trailer

Victoria and AbdulVictoria & Abdul (29/9) is a biopic directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. It is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria (judi Dench) and her Indian servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Watch the trailer

The Lego Ninjago MovieIn the big-screen The Lego Ninjago Movie  (29/9) adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders.  Led by kung fu master Wu (Jackie Chan) , as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.  Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power. This Danish-American 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film is directed by Charlie Bean and written by Dan and Kevin Hageman, Hilary Winston, Bob Logan and Paul Fisher. Based on the Lego Ninjago toy line, the film is the second spin-off installment from the 2014 film The Lego Movie, following The Lego Batman Movie. Watch the trailer

Pop Lock and RollPop, Lock ‘n Roll (29/9) is a South African dance film about finding the strength the dance, always, despite life and its unexpected, and sometimes tragic curveballs.  Loaded with a love story and set in the club scene in Cape Town, it’s a feel good rags to riches film about Raps, a gifted young dancer from the Cape Flats who thinks all he needs is fame and money, but it all gets complicated when he falls in love with the gorgeous young wife of the gangster-come-producer who’s making his career happen.The cast is led by avid dance and Isidingo mainstay, Maurice Paige, and singer-songwriter and actress, Yasirah Bhelz; directed by founder of Joziewood Films, Ziggy Hofmeyr. The film features heart stopping dance feats accompanied by some of South Africa’s best produced dance music mixes – it is set to be a favourite for many a South African. Watch the trailer

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Taron Egerton in KIngsman: The Golden Circle

In Kingsman: The Golden Circle (29/9) Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Merlin (Mark Strong), and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) head to the United States to join forces with Statesman, Kingsman’s American counterpart, after Kingsman’s headquarters is destroyed by Poppy (Julianne Moore), who is a member of the secret group “The Golden Circle” and also a notorious criminal mastermind. Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In The Golden Circle our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy… This British-American action comedy spy film is directed by Matthew Vaughn, and is the sequel to 2015 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. The series is based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Watch the trailer

Painting the Modern Garden Monet to MatisseUsing the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition documentary Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (30/9) examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s. It explores the intriguing relationship between the world’s greatest artists and horticulture.  It offers fresh insights from international gardening experts and art critics in order to bring the history of the garden’s relationship with art to life. Interviews with renowned modern artists Lachlan Goudie and Tania Kovats will also reveal how the relationship between the artist and the natural world continues to flourish in the 21st century. Watch the trailer

OCTOBER 2017

Blade RunnerIn the neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner 2049 (6/10) 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

the-big-sick-trailerA couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows in the romantic comedy The Big Sick (6/10). 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

Emma Stone as "Billie Jean King" and Steve Carell as "Bobby Riggs" in BATTLE OF THE SEXES. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Emma Stone as “Billie Jean King” and Steve Carell as “Bobby Riggs” in Battle of The Sexes.

Battle of the Sexes (6/10) tell 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 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby 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. This sports comedy-drama is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy. Watch the trailer.

My Little PonyMy Little Pony: The Movie (6/10) is an American–Canadian 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

Five Fingers for MarseillesHeavily influenced by American westerns of the spaghetti and John Ford-era variety, South African film duo director Michael Matthew and screenwriter Sean Drummond bring us the thriller, Five Fingers for Marseilles (6/10)The community of Railway, attached to the remote South African town of Marseilles, are the victims of brutal police oppression and only the young “Five Fingers” will stand up to them. Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills three policemen in an act of passion. He flees Marseilles, fearing for his life, but his action has triggered what will become a violent war between the police and his remaining Five Finger brothers. Twenty years later, Tau is released from a Johannesburg prison. He has become a feared and brutal gang leader, but scarred and empty inside he renounces violence and returns to the community of his childhood desiring only a peaceful life. In a new South Africa, Marseilles is indeed free, but to his dismay Tau finds that rather than the haven he hoped for, the town is a community now caught in the grip of cross-border gangs and corruption. Struggling to reconcile with his bitter past, he can keep his head down only so long. When violence spills into his own life he is reluctantly compelled to act. Railway and Marseilles need a champion to fight for their freedom once and for all. Calling in old prison-mates and with new blood at his side, Tau forms a new Five Fingers, standing against old friends and new enemies alike in a thrilling escalation of battle. The film is in Xhosa with English subtitles.

WHALE_MOVIEBased on the acclaimed book of the same title by Zakes Mda and adapted for the screen by Zola Maseko, The Whale Caller (13/10)  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

Snowman

Michael Fassbender in The Snowman

In The Snowman (13/10) 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

The Last Word

The Last Word

In the comedy The Last Word (13/10) 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.

Good TimeThe crime-drama Good Time (13/10) is directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh and Ronald Bronstein. After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one 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. Watch the trailer

Shot Caller

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Shot Caller

In the crime thriller Shot Caller (20/10) 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

GeostormThe failure of climate-control satellites threatens to unleash a worldwide storm in the environmental disaster action film Geostorm (20/10). 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

Mountain

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in The Mountain Between Us

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive in the romance-disaster The Mountain Between Us (20/10). 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

Secret SuperstarSecret Superstar (20/10) 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.

In the animated horror Gnome Alone (20/10) Zoe thinks she’s all alone in this world, until an old woman passes on her bewitched Gnome (Verne Troyer), who is bound by magic to protect his master. Zoe quickly realizes that he isn’t your garden variety gnome, when he begins eliminating her enemies in extravagant displays of revenge. Zoe must find a way to stop this mischievous gnome, before Zoe and her friends become victims of his trickery.Directed by Peter Lepeniotis (The Nut Job) and written by Kyle Newman and Micah Herman. Watch The Trailer

Happy Death DayIn the slasher horror Happy Death Day (20/10) 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

Thor-Ragnarok-2a-498x748In the superhero actioner Thor: Ragnarok (27/10) 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

Saw-JigsawIn the horror Jigsaw (27/10) 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-fr-670-380The Journey (27/10) 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.

In the psychological thriller-horror film Mother! (27/10) a couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests come to their home. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, it stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig. Watch the trailer.

Vaya2The electrifying South African drama Vaya (27/10) 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

NOVEMBER

Flatliners-Movie-2017In the science fiction psychological horror Flatliners (3/11) five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side. Directed by Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (The Gitl With The Dragon Tattoo) and written by Ben Ripley, it is a sequel to the 1990 film of the same name, and stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, and Kiefer Sutherland. Watch the trailer. 

wind-river-still-4_30559155864_o-e1485206451630In the thriller Wind River (3/11) an FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. 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. It is directed and written by Taylor Sheridan in his directorial debut. Watch the trailer

fromahouseonwillowstreet-3-1The House on Willow Street (03/11) is a 2016 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). Watch the trailer

Granite MountainThe Drama Granite Mountain (03/11) is based on the elite crew of firemen from Prescott, Arizona who battled a wildfire in Yarnell, AZ in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members. Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots battle deadly wildfires to save an Arizona town. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, with Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin. Watch the trailer

Alone (03/11) is a Hindi horror film directed by Bhushan Patel, starring Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover. The film is a remake of the 2007 Thai film of the same name, which was also remade in the south in 2011 with a film by the name Chaarulatha.While all Of them are based on the storyline of “My Brothers Keeper” episode Of Tales From The Crypt Season2. Conjoined at birth, Anjana and Sanjana were twin sisters who lived by one promise made to each other – ‘We will always be together. We will never separate’. Mysterious circumstances lead to the death of one while the other survived. Years later, the ghost of the dead comes back to haunt the surviving sister. Why was the promise broken? Watch the trailer

 

tulip-feverThe historical drama Tulip Fever (10/11) is set against the backdrop of the 17th-century Tulip Wars, where 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. It is directed by Justin Chadwick and written by Sir Tom Stoppard, adapted from a novel by Deborah Moggach. Watch the trailer.

All saintsAll Saints (10/11) 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. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.  Directed by Steve Gomer and written by Steve Armour, based on Michael Spurlock’s book All Saints: The Surprising Story of How Refugees from Burma Brought Life to a Dying ChurchWatch The Trailer

SuburbiconA home invasion rattles a quiet family town in the dark crime comedy Suburbicon (10/11), 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.  Watch the Trailer. 

animal_crackers_h_2015The animated film Animal Crackers (10/11)  follows a family whose life is turned upside down when they inherit a rundown circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers, which magically change the person who eats them into the animal they have eaten — including monkeys, giraffes, lions, tigers and bears.They must save the circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington. Voices of Sylvester Stallone, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ian McKellen & Danny DeVito. Watch the trailer

UnlockedAfter 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 (10/11).It stars Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas and is directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O’Brien. Watch The Trailer

 

Justice LeagueIn Justice League (17/11) Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team consisting of Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio, from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Snyder left the project in May 2017, following the death of his 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. Watch the trailer

In the new South African film Liewe Kersfeesvader (17/11) a teenage beauty queen is flung into swift adulthood when her father assumes a new identity: Father Christmas. Juggling a crazy father, an impressionable kid brother and a growing romance, Nonnie has to redefine her own meaning of family. Written and directed by Ettienne Fourie (Die Windpomp)

The ForeignerIn the action thriller The Foreigner (24/ 11) 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

murder-on-the-orient-expressFrom the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express (24/11)  tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect.What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told.   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. Watch the trailer

DECEMBER 2017

Bad Moms

Moms get jolly in A Bad Mom’s Christmas

Best 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 (1/12). 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 King (1/12) 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.

In the animated film The Star (8/12) small but brave donkey named Bo (Steven Yeun) yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day, he finds the courage to break free, embarking on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas.Watch the trailer

In The War With Grandpa (8/12) Peter and his Grandpa Jack used to be very close, but when Grandpa moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession, his bedroom. Peter will stop at nothing to get his room back, scheming with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out. But, Grandpa doesn’t give up easily and before long, it’s an all out war! Directed by Tim Hill and written by Joe Syracuse, Lisa Addario, Matt Ember, Tom J. Astle. With Robert De Niro. Watch the trailer

Star 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

In the animated film Ferdinand (22/12)  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

Now 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  (22/12) 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

In Vuil Wasgoed (22/12) 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

The Greatest Showman (29/12) 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

In the adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (29/12), 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