February 2018 Film Releases

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Upcoming Film Releases In South Africa: February 2018

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

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 Showing from 2 February, 2018

The-Darkest-Hour-Movie-First-LookTHE DARKEST HOUR During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history. Trailer

 

den_of_thievesDEN OF THIEVES   A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank. Written and directed by Christian Gudegast. With  Gerard Butler, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, Curtis Jackson.  Trailer

 

 

6 BELOW6 BELOW When a snowstorm strands former professional hockey player Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett) atop a Mountain for eight days, he is forced to face his past and come to terms with his personal demons and rediscover the power of faith within him in order to survive. Directed by Scott Waugh and written by Madison Turner, based on the non-fiction book Crystal Clear by Eric LeMarque and Davin Seay. Trailer

 

 

 

thewoundINXEBA (The Wound) Inxeba is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid the Xhosa rights of passage into manhood.  Director Trengrove orchestrates a dynamic examination of sexuality, masculinity, and the clash between traditional and contemporary African values.  The film has been lauded by critics and is considered “a milestone in South African cinema (Variety), however, the leadership of the Xhosa Nation does not support the film’s exposure of its sacred initiation process (ulwaluko), nor its connection to a gay love story.  The filmmakers have faced protests, calls by the Khosa King to ban the film and even death threats. Read more

Showing from 9 February, 2018

the-disaster-artistTHE DISASTER ARTIST Director James Franco (As I Lay Dying, Child of God) transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult classic “disaster piece” The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. The film is a celebration of friendship, artistic expression and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. The film is based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, about the making of Tommy’s cult classic “disaster piece,” The Room. The screenplay was crafted by  Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. It stars Dave Franco (Neighbors, Now You See Me) as Greg Sestero, James Franco (Oscar nominee for 127 Hours, TV’s The Deuce) as Tommy Wiseau, Seth Rogen (the Neighbors and Kung Fu Panda films) as Sandy Schklair, Alison Brie (Mad Men, GLOW) as Amber, Ari Graynor (For a Good Time, Call…) as Juliette Danielle, Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games films) as Philip Haldiman and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) as Carolyn Minnott. Trailer

12-Strong-Trailer-Chris-Hemsworth12 STRONG Epic war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and written by Ted Tally and Peter Craig, based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, about the CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. Special Forces sent to Afghanistan right after the September 11 attacks. In the wake of Sept. 11, Capt. Mitch Nelson leads a U.S. Special Forces team into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. Once there, the soldiers develop an uneasy partnership with the Northern Alliance to take down the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies. Outgunned and outnumbered, Nelson and his forces face overwhelming odds in a fight against a ruthless enemy that takes no prisoners. Starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Michael Shannon. Trailer

JUST GETTING STARTEDJUST GETTING STARTED A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit. Duke Diver is living the high life as the freewheeling manager of a luxurious resort in Palm Springs, Calif. He soon faces competition from Leo, a former military man who likes the same woman that Duke is interested in. When Diver’s past suddenly catches up with him, he must put aside his differences and reluctantly team up with Leo to stop whoever is trying to kill him. From Ron Shelton, writer/director of Tin Cup and Bull Durham. Trailer

fifty_shades_freed_lead_26FIFTY SHADES FREED The third and final installment of the erotic romance Fifty Shades Trilogy by British author E. L. James.  Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins. Read more / Trailer

 

TADTAD, THE LOST EXPLORER, AND THE SECRET OF KING MIDAS A Spanish animation film directed by Enrique Gato, David Alonso. Tad travels to Las Vegas to see his friend Sara’s latest discovery: a papyrus that proves the existence of King Midas, who turned everything he touched into gold thanks to the power of a magical necklace. But the happy encounter between Tad and Sara is disrupted when the evil Jack Rackham steals the papyrus and kidnaps Sara to force her to find the necklace, a source of infinite wealth. Trailer

human_flow_still-h_2017HUMAN FLOW Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis – the greatest human displacement since World War II – I in this breathtakingly epic documentary. More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey.  Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever.  This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity? Trailer

Showing from 16 February, 2018

black-panther-inaugural-film-poster-1BLACK PANTHER After decades of playing an important role in the history of Marvel Comics, Black Panther is finally getting his day on the big screen. Captain America: Civil War marks the character’s first live-action adaptation.  It follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay by him and Joe Robert Cole. Trailer

TONYAI, TONYA Based on the unbelievable but true events,  is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.  Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie’s I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked–and checkered–glory. Trailer

 

 

All-the-Money-in-the-World-Movie-Header-ImageALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money. Directed by Ridley Scott and written by David Scarpa, based on John Pearson’s 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. Trailer

RAAISELKIND This powerful South African movie, in Afrikaans, brings the story “Raaiselkind”, by author Annelie Botes, vividly and terrifyingly to life. It shows the intense emotional trauma which a couple must endure in dealing with autism and how their lives are forever changed because of their child with autism and their child’s early death under mysterious circumstances.

A nine year old autistic boy is found dead in the bath tub. His mother, Ingrid, who spent her life caring for him and loved him dearly, is being investigated for murder. The film is based on the Annelie Botes novel, Raaiselkind, where the confrontation, dealing with autism within a family is brought to light. Directed  by André Velts, screenplay by Lizé Vosloo & Pieter Esterhuizen. With Diaan Lawrenson, June van Merch, Deon Lotz,  Anrich Herbst, Ian Roelofs (Alexander). Trailer

3 STOREYS3 STOREYS  Directed by debutante director Arjun Mukherjee, ‘3 Storeys’ is an intriguing feature film revolving around 3 stories.Set in a chawl, explores intertwined lives where secrets are revealed and life in this small community is not as it seems. Trailer

 

 

 

Showing from 23 February, 2018

CALL ME 2CALL ME BY YOUR NAME The new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. Trailer

LOVING VINCENTLOVING VINCENT is a 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film.[7] It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters.[9] The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was awarded Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin. Trailer

2017 Toronto Film Festival Courtesy of TIFF

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated. Trailer

ANNIHILATIONANNIHILATION A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later). Trailer

 

 

downsizing-4DOWNSIZING This sci-fi adventure imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to 5 inches (13 cm) tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small, but with one catch: the procedure cannot be reversed. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to become small and move to a new downsized community—a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. To Paul’s horror and outrage, he finds out that Audrey backed out at the last second. After the couple understands that they do not have a future together, they divorce and Paul must now figure out how to start his life over in a completely different world. Directed by Alexander Payne and written by Payne and Jim Taylor. Trailer

24 HOURS24 HOURS TO LIVE  is a 2017 American-South African action thriller directed by Brian Smrz. It follows a career assassin (Ethan Hawke) who is brought back to life for 24 hours to seek revenge and redemption. Trailer

 

 

 

ZULU WEDDINGZULU WEDDING A romantic comedy from producer/director Lineo Sekeleoane. Unashamedly romantic, glamorous and hilarious all at the same time, the film pays loving tribute to the richness of African culture. It acknowledges the sometimes-schizophrenic reality of many urban South Africans who live sophisticated modern lives which are nonetheless shaped by their family cultures, traditions and expectations. Feisty choreographer, Lou “Lungile” (Nondumiso Tembe), will do anything to avoid falling in love. Even more to avoid going home to South Africa, where she’s traditionally engaged to a king. However, when she meets her soulmate Tex (Darrin Dewitt Henson) she is forced to confront the tradition she’s been running away from since the death of her parents, when she turned 18, and the ancestral debt they left her. She hatches a plan to confront the king and convince him to forget about her, but when she prevails upon handsome royal advisor Zulu (Pallance Dladla), to help her get into the royal compound, he proves to be a dangerously seductive charmer, one who seems to represent all the best aspects of her background. Trailer