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 Films released on 20 October, 2017 in South Africa

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. 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

Death Day

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.

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 the Earth is attacking it, and it’s 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 Lawson, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction, with Abbie Cornish as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson and Alexandra Maria Lara as the ISS astronaut who runs the space station.

Dean Devlin (the writer/producer of Independence Day) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller, from a screenplay by Devlin & Paul Guyot.

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

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.

Secret Superstar

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.

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When a CIA interrogator unwittingly provides information to terrorists, she must race against the clock to stop a biological attack on London.

Once the CIA’s top interrogator, Alice Racine’s (Naomi Rapace) career was sidelined when she failed “to unlock” a prisoner in time to save the lives of dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack.

Now leading a quiet life in London as a caseworker, Alice is unexpectedly called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have direct knowledge of another imminent attack.

Alice successfully unlocks the suspect but before she can fully convey the recovered intelligence to her superiors, she gets a call from an old colleague at Langley which heightens her suspicions.

Quickly realizing she’s been duped, she narrowly escapes, and finds herself on the run. Grasping that the CIA has been deeply compromised, Alice turns to the few she can trust as she seeks out the responsible parties and races against the clock to prevent a deadly biological attack on the citizens of London.

Directed by BAFTA Award winner Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the 7 Up series) based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien (Halo: Reach).

Feature: Crafting A Female Driven Espionage Thriller

The Whale Caller

WHALE_MOVIEBased on the acclaimed book of the same title by Zakes Mda and adapted for the screen by Zola Maseko, The Whale Caller is an enchanting, romantic comedy of sorts, told through lyrical and magical storytelling.

The story follows The Whale Caller (Sello Maake ka-Ncube), a man who has long turned his back on humanity.  It’s a heart -warming tale about his journey from misanthropic alienation to human connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni (Amrain Ismail-Essop), the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur, and Sharisha, a southern right whale.

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.  

The Snowman

The Snowman

A terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller.

The frigid landscape as his hunting ground, a sociopath who calls himself “The Snowman Killer” has targeted the one person for whom he wants to show off his methodical, unthinkable skills: the lead investigator of an elite crime squad.  With cunningly simplistic baits such as “Mr. Policeman, I gave you all the clues…” he begs to have a worthy opponent to play his sick game.

For Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district.  From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.

Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones.  Succeed, and they will lure out the psychopath that’s been watching them from the shadows for who knows how long.  Fail, and an unthinkable evil will strike once again during the very next snowfall.

The film’s screenplay is by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt) and Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) and Søren Sveistrup (Forbrydelsen, TV’s The Killing).

The Last Word

Last WordIn the comedy The Last Word Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine), a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she’s suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life’s story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future.

Directed by Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Henry Poole Is Here) from a script by Stuart Ross Fink. Watch the trailer.

The Shot Caller

Shot CallerIn the crime thriller Shot Caller follows a Pasadena financier (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) who’s thrown into prison after a drunk-driving accident. A fish out of water, he is forced to do the unimaginable to survive within the prison gang hierarchy where one wrong move can be your last.

He adopts the persona of “Money” and rises up within the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, his moral center eroding in the process.

Upon release, Money hits the treacherous streets of Los Angeles as a changed man and enters a deadly chess game with no-nonsense parole agent Kutcher (Omari Hardwick) and LA County gang-unit sheriff Sanchez (Benjamin Bratt), as his gang forces him to arrange an illegal arms deal if he wants to keep his family safe from gangster vengeance.

The gritty crime thriller is directed by Waugh (Snitch, That Which I Love Destroys Me) from his own screenplay.

 

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Blade RunnerIn 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. Feature: Blade Runner 2049 Is A Love Letter To Blade Runner / Trailer

Good TimeIn 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. Trailer

My Little PonyMy 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 directed and written by Friendship Is Magic veterans Jayson Thiessen and Meghan McCarthy respectively. Trailer

Inconvenient Truth 2A 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. Trailer

the-big-sick-trailerA 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. Trailer

Wish UponWish Upon  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. This supernatural horror is directed by John R. Leonetti, from a screenplay by Barbara Marshall. Trailer

Exhibition On Screen: Canaletto & The Art Of Venice is an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy, but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the whole collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent. The documentary features a remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences – Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. Whilst appearing to be faithful representations of the city, Canaletto’s skill came from his manipulation of reality. He moved buildings around or opened vistas to create the perfect composition, and his paintings of Venice were highly sought after by Grand Tourists. His playful imagination extended into a new genre in which he excelled. The ‘capriccio’ combined real and fantasy architecture into imagined views. In this sense, Canaletto is more than a topographical artist -he is a master storyteller. Directed by David Bickerstaff and co-written by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky, this film was shot in Ultra HD 4k, based on the much-anticipated exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. In cinemas for limited screenings from 7 Oct.  Trailer

Victoria and AbdulVictoria & Abdul 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.  Feature: Victoria & Abdul – The Extraordinary True Story Of An Amazing And Unlikely Friendship / Trailer

KINGSMAN_GOldenN_CIRCLE_1000-920x584In Kingsman: The Golden Circle 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. 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

Pop Lock and RollPop, Lock ‘n Roll 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

The Lego Ninjago MovieIn the big-screen The Lego Ninjago Movie  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

Painting the Modern Garden Monet to MatisseUsing the work of Monet as a starting point, the 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. Trailer

Written and directed by Mbongeni Ngema, the film version of this seminal musical Asinamali follows a group of prisoners in the 80s as they think back on their pasts and the events leading to their arrest. It will screen for seven days at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank Johannesburg, from Friday, 22 September to Thursday 28 September.This  will ensure the film is eligible for a nomination for Foreign Film at the 2018 Oscars Read more

 

VaselinetjieBased on Anoeschka von Meck’s celebrated youth novel, Vasselinetjie  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.Directed by Corne Van Rooyen, from a screenplay by Corne Van Rooyen and René van Rooyen.  Feature: An Inspiring South African Story / Trailer

EmojiThe computer-animated buddy adventure comedy The Emoji Movie  unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live and work. Directed by Tony Leondis from a screenplay by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White.Feature: The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone / Trailer

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Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.Directed by David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express), the film is written by Boston local John Pollono (Small Engine Repair, Lost Girls) based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter.  Feature: Stronger, a deeply personal account of the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath / Trailer

Yerma_Website-1Billie Piper returns to her Olivier award-winning role in this critically lauded five-star production of Yerma, which will be broadcast at Ster Kinekor Nouveau – bringing the best in art house films – from Saturday, 23 September for four screenings only, as part of National Theatre Live. Yerma screens on Saturday 23, Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 September at 7.30pm and on Sunday 24 September at 2.30pm at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg at Rosebank Nouveau, Pretoria at The Grove, Cape Town at the V& A Waterfront, and at Gateway Nouveau in Durban. The running time is approximately 100 minutes, without an interval. Trailer

IT 2It: Part 1 – The Losers’ Club is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. The film tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the township of Derry, Maine, who call themselves “the Losers’ Club.”  Each of them has been ostracized for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shapeshifting predator they can only call It. For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children.  Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a new killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård  -Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) Andy Muschietti (Mama) directed the film from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King. Feature: Bringing Stephen King’s Seminal Bestseller IT To The Big Screen For The First Time / Trailer

My-Wife-and-i-1In the Nollywood film My Wife and I  Ebere (Omoni Oboli) and Toyosi (Ramsey Nouah) have been married for 17 years and have two teenagers. Ebere is a career woman/strict mother while Toyosi is a farmer/cool dad. They hit a bump in their relationship and at the insistence of their parents, go to pastor Theophilus (Seyi Law) for counselling. This comedy deals with the trials and tribulations of the duo who are successful in every other aspect of their lives, except their marriage. Directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and written by Chinaza Onuzo, My wife and I also features Ngozi Nwosu, Rachael Oniga, Seyi Law, Jemima Osunde, Bolanle Ninalowo, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Sambasa Nzeribe and Dozie Onyezuruika. Watch the trailer

 

American AssassinIn American Assassin a one-of-a-kind American assassin possessed of savage skills and a ferocious drive for payback is born in this non-stop action-espionage thriller rooted in the raw reality of today’s hard-to-detect enemies invisible black ops, high-level surveillance, portable nukes and murky agendas. This is the story of a 21st Century counterterrorist spymaster-in-the-making who, in a world of new rules, breaks all the old molds. But much as we’re in the midst of a new era of bold individualists, this is also a story of far-flung global agents discovering what truly matters: working together for the greater good. Based on the mega-bestselling book series by the late Vince Flynn, “American Assassin” introduces film audiences to one of contemporary fiction’s most popular heroes working in the shadows: CIA super-agent Mitch Rapp. When Rapp’s promising future is torn apart by a shocking burst of violence, it ignites his career as a clandestine warrior on the frontlines of the Age of Terror. Now he must discover how to turn his blistering rage into fuel for hunting those who would destroy others’ dreams – in a world where clarity isn’t easy to come by. “American Assassin” traces Rapp’s origins from heartbroken fiancé to cunning renegade to off-the charts CIA trainee to his first must-not-fail mission on the trail of 15 kilos of stolen plutonium.A film by Michael Cuesta. Directed by Michael Cuesta, the screenplay is by Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, and is based on a novel by Vince Flynn. Feature: An Espionage Thriller For The New Millennia /  Watch the trailer

Home AgainHome Again stars Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon in a modern romantic comedy about love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners. Witherspoon plays Alice Kinney. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guesthouse temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. Home Again is a movie that challenges the standard definitions of family and proves that it is never too late to “come-of-age.” Speaking of family, the movie is produced by legendary filmmaker Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, It’s Complicated, The Intern,) and is written and directed by her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Home Again is Meyers-Shyer’s directorial debut. Watch the trailer

NormanIn Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money, a would-be operator dreaming up financial schemes that never come to fruition. As he has nothing real to offer, Norman strives to be everyone’s friend, but his incessant networking leads him nowhere. Always on the lookout for someone willing to pay attention to him, Norman sets his sights on Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), a charismatic Israeli politician alone in New York at a low point in his career. Sensing Eshel’s vulnerability, Norman reaches out with a gift of a very expensive pair of shoes, a gesture that deeply touches Eshel. When Eshel becomes Prime Minister three years later, he remembers. With his very real connection to the leader of a major nation, Norman is awash in the respect he has always craved. Flush with his newfound feeling of success, Norman attempts to use Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman’s nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman’s kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. The new film by Academy Award® nominated director Joseph Cedar is a comic and compassionate drama of a little man whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgive—a need to matter. Trailer

Set against the backdrop of a jail, Lucknow Central 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. Trailer

armed-response-master768In the action-horror film Armed Response a team of trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. There, they begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team. Directed by John Stockwell (Kickboxer Veneance) With Dave Annable, Colby Lopez, Wesley Snipes and Eyas Younis. Trailer

 

The Exception

The Exception is a spy thriller and love story that mines a forgotten pocket of 20th century history to create a gripping and passionate drama. Set in 1940 as the Nazis invade Belgium and the Netherlands, The Exception transports us to the relative peace of the exiled German Kaiser Wilhelm II’s post-Imperial court in Holland. The house and grounds at “Doorn” provide the backdrop as both Hitler and Churchill send envoys to the estate – a British spy and a Wehrmacht officer. Events and fate conspire to bring the two envoys closer together than either had intended. And leave them facing choices between duty and desire. The Exception is based on the novel “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss” by Alan Judd and marks British theatre director David Leveaux’s directorial debut for the screen. Leveaux is best known for his work on Broadway, having been nominated for a Tony Award five times, including in 2004 for a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers;” and as Best Director (Musical), in 2003 for a revival of “Nine The Musical.” Feature: A spy thriller and love story that mines a forgotten pocket of 20th century history / Trailer

 

Dark Tower

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen.  The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. It is directed by Danish filmmaker and screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel (best known for his Oscar nominated film A Royal Affair (which he wrote and directed) and his screenplay for the original version of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo),  from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, for which he won an Academy Award) & Jeff Pinkner (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Venom) and Anders Thomas Jensen (Flickering Lights, The Green Butchers and Adam’s Apples) & Nikolaj Arcel, based on the novels by Stephen King (a career spanning 50 years and over 80 books) Feature: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Began Its Journey 40 Years Ago / Trailer

Logan LuckyIn the turbocharged heist comedy Logan Lucky from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh, West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) leads his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough) in an elaborate scheme to rob North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway. To help them break into the track’s underground cash-handling system, Jimmy recruits volatile demolition expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig). Further complicating the already risky plan, a scheduling mix-up forces the thieves to execute the job during the Coca-Cola 600, the track’s most popular NASCAR event of the year. As they attempt to pull off the ambitious robbery, the down-on-their-luck Logans face a final hurdle when a relentless FBI agent (Hilary Swank) begins investigating the case. Also starring Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterson, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson and Jack Quaid. Feature: Logan Lucky – A Turbocharged Heist Movie with Heart. / Trailer

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Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family,The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar® winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. 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. Feature: Bringing Jeannette Walls’ Wildly Gothic Coming-Of-Age Memoir The Glass Castle To The Big Screen / Trailer

9 11In 9/11 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. Trailer

 

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In the Indian Hindi  comedy Poster Boys. The world turns upside down for three men, Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol), Arjun Singh (Shreyas Talpade) and Jaagavar Chaudhary (Sunny Deol),when they find their pictures on a poster promoting ‘nasbandi’ vasectomy. And then, starts their journey of getting humiliated by their families and society; rebelling against the system which landed them in this confusing mess in the first place. The film is co-produced and directed by Shreyas Talpade making his directorial debut. The film is an official remake of the 2014 Marathi hit Poshter Boyz which Shreyas had produced and acted in. It is inspired by a real life incident about three porters who found their pictures on a vasectomy poster. Trailer

American Made (2017)Tom Cruise and his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, reteam for a new 1980s smuggler film American Made. In this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Thre story of the wealthiest men in 1980s America is someone you’ve never heard of.  With his devilish swagger and zest for life, TWA pilot Barry Seal (Cruise) is the hero of his sleepy Southern town. Much to the surprise of his wife, Lucy (Sarah Wright Olsen, Walk of Shame), the charming entrepreneur has gone from a well-respected TWA pilot to a key figure in one of the greatest scandals in modern history.  Little could they grasp that what started out as transporting contraband would lead to Barry’s help in building an army and funding a war. Once the hotshot airman gets caught up in a shadowy division of the government—running crates of AK-47s and kilos of cocaine—he makes a fortune as a key player in the Iran-contra affair.  From trading arms for hostages to training forces of Central and South American kingpins, Barry becomes an improbable hero working against the system.  So, how does he sleep at night?  It’s all legal if you do it for the good guys. The film from a screenplay by Gary Spinelli (Stash House). Trailer

First Kill 2In the action-thriller First Kill, Bruce Willis plays a big shot Wall Street broker who tries to reconnect with his son Danny (Hayden Christensen), and takes his family on a hunting trip to the cabin where he grew up. 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 (Motel Hell, Silent Night) and written by Nick Gordon. Trailer

SleightAfter his mother’s death, a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) turns to dealing drugs at parties to support his little sister in Sleight. When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her. This ambitious genre mash-up is directed by J.D. Dillard, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer and stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill, Storm Reid, Sasheer Zamata and Michael Villar. Trailer

Fun Mom DinnerIn comedy Fun Mom Dinner four moms whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender, leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men. Deftly infusing zany hijinks with real feeling, director Alethea Jones and writer Julie Rudd deliver a riotous comedy that spares no rods and spoils no children. The titular moms (Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, and Bridget Everett) make a truly formidable ensemble, dispensing dick jokes and tearful revelations with equal aplomb. Together, they prove that “mom” is more than a dirty word—it’s a badge of honor. Trailer

inhumans-abc_7325Marvel’s The Inhumans will premiere in IMAX theaters on September 1 before its official premiere on ABC television on  September 29. For the uninitiated, Inhumans — first introduced in the pages of Fantastic Four in 1965 before headlining their own title in 1975 — are a race of hybrid alien-human superbeings who’ve undergone a transformative “terrigenesis,” a process that unlocks sometimes strange, but uniquely powerful gifts. It explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the titular race from the Marvel comics, including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding king of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. Executive producers on the series are Scott Buck–who previously worked on the Marvel series “Iron Fist”– and Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television. Jim Chory–who has worked on “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Defenders” series among several other Marvel shows–also executive produces. Roel Reine directs the first two episodes that is screened as a film on September 1. Trailer

Atomic Blonde (2017)Oscar winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most elite spy through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission.  Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy, Split, X-Men series) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (co-director, John Wick; director of upcoming Deadpool 2), who has imagined a world as brutal and deadly as it is real. The film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel series “The Coldest City” written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart. The screenplay was crafted by Kurt Johnstad (300). Trailer / Visit the Website

Bounce BackFather, author and relationships expert, Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore) is on a whirlwind book tour promoting his new best seller, The Bounce Back. 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

 

2.22 1In the romantic thriller 2.22 New York City air traffic controller Dylan Branson (Michiel Huisman) is the embodiment of a guy at the top of his game, until one day at 2:22pm, a blinding flash of light paralyzes him for a few crucial seconds as two passenger planes barely avoid a mid-air collision. Suspended from his job, Dylan begins to notice the increasingly ominous repetition of sounds and events in his life that happen at exactly the same time every day. An underlying pattern builds, mysteriously drawing him into Grand Central Station every day 2:22pm. As he’s drawn into a complex relationship with a beautiful woman who works in an art gallery, Sarah (Teresa Palmer), disturbingly complicated by her ex-boyfriend Jonas (Sam Reid), Dylan must break the power of the past, and take control of time itself. US based Australian director and producer Paul Currie’s first encounter with the bewitching riddle of 2:22 came in the form of a bold, visionary script written by Todd Stein. Watch trailer

maudie-108022The biographical romantic drama Maudie is based on a true story, the unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.Says director Aisling Walsh ”I first read Sherry White’s screenplay in a hotel room in Cardiff in Wales. It had been sent to me earlier that day. Often the first time I read a script I read as fast as I can. Keep turning the pages. Whatever stays with you after that first read is the thing that will haunt you. Whatever that picture or pictures are will stay with you. Maud Lewis started to haunt me that evening. Everything about her. I got online. I started to search for her pictures. With me that means I am half way there – half way to saying yes I want in. I was fascinated by her struggle to be an artist having trained as one myself. The first picture I found was a black and white photograph of Maud towards the end of her life. She was standing hunched in the doorway of her little house. You can see her small painting table beside the window. Everett is standing outside with some logs in his arms. I couldn’t get the image of a wounded bird and a scarecrow out of my mind. Maud and Everett – outsiders. Loners. Silent.” Watch the trailer

10 days 210 Days In Sun City  is the latest from Nigerian movie producer and actor comedian AY that is the 3rd installment of the hilarious ‘Akpos’ franchise (30 Days In Atlanta, A Trip To Jamaica). Bianca is a campus beauty queen who Akpos has sacrificed his livelihood to make successful. After successfully winning a national beauty pageant, Bianca, ever loyal to Akpos, is now an international celebrity rolling with society’s ‘high and mighty’. ‘Otunba’ who is also invested in Bianca follows Akpos and Bianca to Sun city but will Akpos give up his love with all the sweat he has invested or will Otunba lose this time with the use of his wit and charm as the ‘old fox’ which he has used to conquer like he has done, time and again, in the world of business? A star-studded movie featuring stars Ayo Makun (popularly known as AY), Richard Mofe-Damijo, Adesua Etomi, Mercy Johnson, Falz The Bahd Guy, 2Baba Idibia, Gbenro Ajibade, Fathia Balogun, Uti Nwachukwu, Yvonne Jegede and Alexx Ekubo. It also features International actors Miguel Nunez Jr., Amanda Du Pont, Thenjiwe Moseley, Celeste Ntuli among others. It is directed by award-winning South Africa-based Nigerian, Adze Ugah, written by Kehinde Ogunlola and produced by AY.  Watch the Trailer

Angels In AmericaAngels in America:  Millennium Approaches (Part 1) and Angels in America: Perestroika (Part 2), featuring an all-star cast, will be releasing on 19 August and 2 September respectively. One of the theatre highlights of the year in the UK, the first instalment also marks the 60th National Theatre Live broadcast to screens worldwide. With cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’, National Theatre Live broadcasts retain the feeling of live performance and a real sense of shared event. Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) directs this new staging of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning work. Angels in America follows the lives of a group of New Yorkers as they grapple with life and death, love and sex and heaven and hell against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis in Reagan’s America in the mid-1980s. Angels in America:  Millennium Approaches (Part 1) releases on Saturday, 19 August 2017 for four screenings only: on 19, 23, 24 August at 19:30 and on 20 August at 14:30. Angels in America: Perestroika (Part 2) releases on Saturday 2 September also for four screenings only on 2, 6, 7 September at 19:30 and on 3 September at 14:30  Read more / Trailer

FINDERS-CAT-PIC-2In the local comedy Finders Keepers a strip joint janitor and a club patron strike up an unlikely friendship as they evade gangsters and Russian mobsters, and try to secure the release of a kidnapped stripper, by trading her for a lucky fish they had stolen. Both the Russian brothers and Jackie’s gang are after Lonnie and by association, Brian. The two unlikely buddies are on the run, whilst hatching a plan to repay the Russians. They learn of a valuable fish at the aquarium, and decide to steal it. They then have to keep the fish alive while evading their pursuers for two days until the big horse race. However, Jackie kidnaps Sonja and blackmails Brian. Will Brian throw his new found friend Lonnie under the bus to save the woman of his dreams? Finders Keepers is the pilot film project of the Emerging Black Film Maker initiative, run by the NFVF and the IDC. The film is directed by Maynard Kraak (Vrou Soek Boer, Sonskyn Beperk). The screenplay is an original work, with the story by Maynard Kraak and Strini Pillai. Read more about the film /  Trailer

Annabelle 2Annabelle is coming to theaters again, and this time audiences will be taken through the infamous doll’s very beginnings—from her first home in a little girl’s room to her first possession of a little girl’s soul. After a chilling cameo in “The Conjuring,” followed by a starring role in her own film, it became clear to filmmakers that moviegoers were ready to uncover the origins of the doll that has both terrified and captivated them. In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and six girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home.  They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle. David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) directed from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman. “These films are a great example of why we love to go to the movies,” Sandberg says.  “It’s a safe, shared environment where we can experience such a great range of emotions, from fear to excitement and more.  And in this case, we get to find out how another piece of this ‘Conjuring’ and ‘Annabelle’ world is tied together…and maybe even get a hint at what’s to come.”Trailer

Hitmans BodyguardIn the action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard 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 hitmen [Samuel L. Jackson]. 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 raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator [Gary Oldman] who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife. Featuring a hilarious “bromance” between blockbuster stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, creatively choreographed fight scenes and exhilarating high-speed chases, it offers a non-stop mashup of laughs and outrageous action. Directed by Patrick Huges (Expendables 3) from a screenplay by Tom O’ Connor. Trailer

DETROIT 2Detroit focuses on the events that transpired one terrifying evening during the civil unrest that tore apart the city of Detroit, and its traumatic aftermath. The summer of 1967 was a pivotal moment in modern American history when the country was beset by growing political and social unrest: the escalation of the country’s military engagement in the Vietnam War and decades of racial injustice and repression. The epicenters of all this discontent and simmering rage proved to be the nation’s major cities with their systemic discrimination, racial disparities in housing and education, and growing unemployment in African-American communities.According to Bigelow, “If the purpose of art is to agitate for change, if we are truly ready to start addressing the inequity of race in this country, we need to be willing to listen. I hope this film will encourage some small part of that dialogue, and we find a way to heal the wounds that have existed for far too long in this country.” Feature: Oscar winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal reunite for the dramatic thriller Detroit / Trailer

Family ManIn A Family Man Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler) is a driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane’s boss (Willem Dafoe) announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Wilson (Alison Brie), Dane’s equally driven but polar-opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control over the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son Ryan (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with an illness. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and his family, who need him now more than ever.Simple, elegant, classic. A throwback movie. A family drama dealing with real-life dilemmas. The goal was to always respect the characters and the world in which they exist.First-time director Mark Williams was drawn to Bill Dubuque’s script by the quality of the writing and the authenticity of its voices. Trailer

below_her_mouth_-_h_2015Below Her Mouth 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. 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. Below Her Mouth is written by Stephanie Fabrizi and directed by April Mullen (88, Dead Before Dawn). Watch the trailer

Lost-City-of-ZBased on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City Of Z 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. The Lost City of Z is written and directed by James Gray (The Yards, The Immigrant, Two Lovers). Watch the trailer

KrotoaKrotoa 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. Read more about Krotoa /  Watch the trailer

My Cousin RachelIn the American-British romantic drama My Cousin Rachel 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; the film is written for the screen and directed by Roger Michell, (Notting Hill, Hyde Park On Hudson), who was born in South Africa and as a child lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague. Watch the trailer

BABY3In the action crime-comedy Baby Driver 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 DeadHot Fuzz, and The World’s End) The Baby we meet at the beginning of the movie – hidden behind sunglasses, dialed in to his iPod playlist, then a hellion at the wheel – is like the greatest gang apprentice ever. “This kid’s a hotshot, but he’s also on the fringes of the gang,” says Wright. “He literally sits as far away from them as he can, because he really doesn’t want to be part of the group. He thinks, wrongly, that he can be a getaway driver but not be a criminal Like, ‘I’m just the courier. I don’t have anything to do with the bad stuff.’ The action scenes are kind of like Baby’s day job, and I think a lot of people that work in a job sometimes shield themselves in a different persona. Then when they’re home, they’re a different person.” Watch the trailer / Read more about the film 

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 . 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.

Girls TripGIRL’S TRIP The new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut) follows four lifelong friends––Ryan, Dina, Lisa and Sasha—as they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make The Big Easy blush. The all-star cast is led by Regina Hall (When the Bough Breaks) as Ryan Pierce, a successful author at the crossroads in her marriage; Tiffany Haddish (Keanu) as the hotheaded, free-spirited and fiercely loyal Dina; Jada Pinkett Smith (Bad Moms) as Lisa Cooper, a conservative nurse and mother of two children who desperately needs a weekend getaway; and Queen Latifah (Miracles from Heaven) as Sasha Franklin, a gossip blogger who is circling a life reset of her own. Malcolm D. Lee introduces us to the story of this “Flossy Posse,” characters he feels all of us can see ourselves in: “We have this group of women who went to college together and are best friends.  They’ve become a little estranged in the past couple of years because life has happened to them—whether it is career, friendships, babies or family time. Watch the trailer

Son of BigfootIn Son Of Bigfoot 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

Brimstone-2016-trailerThe western thriller Brimstone  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. The film was conceived, written and directed by Martin Koolhoven. ”Westerns are usually pretty macho, and there aren’t many examples of female leads. In the cases where that has happened, the films were usually the same kind of story, but then with a female gunslinger, like in The Quick and the Dead. Brimstone actually has a female point of view, not only literally, but in terms of actual content too. That’s fairly unique for a movie set in the Old West.”  Watch the trailer

DunkirkDUNKIRK In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. The group of soldiers is lead by Corporal “Tubby” Bins (John Mills), stranded in France, and must make their way to the shores of Dunkirk in hopes of a rescue. Back in Britain, Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee), a newspaper reporter, desperately tries to raise awareness among the public of the horrible reality of the war. When the British navy calls for all civilian ships to aid in a rescue, Foreman takes out his own small boat and attempts to bring Tubby and his men home safely.The epic action thriller is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception). Go behind the scenes of Dunkirk / Read review / Watch the trailer.

Viceroys HouseVICEROY’S HOUSE The British-Indian historical drama Viceroy’s House takes us into the home of the British rulers of India in Delhi in 1947 during the Partition of India. The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Downstairs in the servants quarters, Mountbatten’s new manservant, Jeet falls for the daughter’s assistant, Alia and all manner of obstacles are put in their way. With Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten, and  Gillian Anderson as Lady Mountbatten. The 1947 Partition of India has always been part of director Gurinder Chadha’s life. Though raised in West London, and born in Nairobi, Kenya 13 years after the controversial Mountbatten Plan struck a jagged line through the north-west of the freshly independent Union of India to create the Dominion of Pakistan, the British-Punjabi film-maker describes herself as someone who grew up “in the shadow of Partition”. The screenplay was crafted by Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini, and Chadha. Go behind the scenes of Viceroy’s House  Watch the trailer.

Van der Merwe 2VAN DER MERWE In every country there is a person who is the butt of all jokes. In Ireland it is Paddy, in Israel it is Hymie, in South Africa, that person is Van der Merwe… The film Van Der Merwe  tells his story.Set on the Van der Merwe farmstead, the story centers on Van’s daughter Marike who returns home from a gap year in England with her new fiancé George, a British boy who is studying to become a doctor. This creates all sorts of problems and challenges for Van as he tries to come to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying an Englishman. Van’s father is strongly against this union of ‘Brit and Boer’ and implores Van to put an end to it. Van finds himself in a precarious situation with a difficult choice: risk the rath of his father by condoning the wedding… or obey his father, whose approval he so desperately wants, and risk losing his daughter forever. When the family of the English fiancé arrives on the farm, the fireworks really begin as the clash of cultures results in a number of side-splitting incidents and hilarious situations as we witness some classic Van der Merwe jokes played out in front of our eyes. Written and directed by Bruce Lawley, with Rob van Vuuren. Watch trailer

NinaNINA Zoe Saldana stars as “High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone in an already controversial new biopic Nina . Nina takes another strike by focusing on a period of the great singer’s life, her late years in France, that’s far less dramatic than numerous earlier stages. The film also hits a couple of fouls with its exceedingly expository dramatic approach and tendency to hip-hop through her career without going deep. It’s not the biographical film this stupendous, if mightily troubled, musical and political figure deserved, especially coming in the immediate wake of Liz Garbus’ riveting documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? last year. Debuting feature writer-director Cynthia Mort has spent nearly her entire career until now in television, variously as a writer, director and/or producer on the likes of Roseanne, Will & Grace and Tell Me You Love Me, while also writing Neil Jordan’s feature The Brave One. Watch the Trailer

WarWAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). This third and climactic chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster trilogy, director Matt Reeves and an all-star cast unleash the rapidly evolving simians into a world boiling over with divisions and rage as the ape vs. human battle for control of the world careens towards the ultimate winner-takes-all decision.  In a flurry of mythic filmmaking, audiences will witness the pivotal moment that determines the fate of human civilization forever –and be immersed in the ape leader Caesar’s emotional quest to lead his young society to a new home, even as a war between his belief in family and honor versus the lure of a vengeful reckoning churns within his soul. At heart, this is the story of both a military and emotional last stand.  As peace between species has collapsed — and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel makes a final, all-out attack — Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed.  Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead.  In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope.  Watch the trailer / Feature: The Climactic Chapter of the Blockbuster Trilogy / Read review

valerian_and_the_city_of_a_thousand_planets_2017-wideVALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS The futuristic action-adventure is set in the 28th century, where special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) maintain order throughout the universe for the government of the human territories. Under orders from their commander (Clive Owen), the duo embark on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. The ever-expanding metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of mankind. This French science fiction action film was produced, written and directed by Luc Besson. Go behind the scenes  Watch the trailer.

captainunderpantsCAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE In this  superhero comedyGeorge Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Dav Pilkey. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and Scholastic Entertainment, and animated by Mikros Image, it is directed by David Soren.This hilarious and zany animated feature is based on the best-selling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey’s beloved Captain Underpants book series. Read more about the film /  Watch the trailer

Things To ComeTHINGS TO COME Isabelle Huppert is as brilliant as ever in her earnest portrayal of philosophy teacher Nathalie Chazeaux in the French-German drama Things To Come . As Nathalie is trying to carve out a new direction in life amidst student demonstrations, the questioning of her intellectual relevance, defining relationships coming to an end and becoming a grandmother, her former star student Fabien unexpectedly becomes both a compassionate friend and a fervent intellectual sparring partner. Things to Come has screened at numerous film festivals and won Hansen-Love the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival 2016. Isabelle Huppert’s performance won her several awards for Best Actress, incl. The New York Film Critics Circle’s and the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations’. Directed by Mia Hansen-Love, starring André Marcon, Roman Kolinka. French, German, English with English Subtitles (2016). Read more about the film Watch the trailer.

Odyssey

The Odyssey explores thirty years in the life of captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson), the famous researcher, scientist, inventor, filmmaker whose greatest achievement is to have made the general public more curious – and accordingly closer – to the sea. A genius, a leader of men and a charismatic opinion maker, Cousteau was not without defects, his being unfaithful to ever-supportive wife Simone for example or else his vainglory…, but let him who is without sin cast the first stone. The spectator leaves Cousteau in mid-1979 at the worst time of his life: his favourite son, Philippe, has just died in the crash of a plane he was piloting. The dashing conqueror of the sea has suddenly become a broken old man, tempted to discouragement but his eldest son Jean-Michel is by his side to help him overcome his grief and go on with his mission.This French-Belgian biographical adventure was directed by Jérôme Salle and written by Salle and Laurent Turner. Watch the Trailer

The CircleIn the techno-thriller The Circle Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for The Circle, the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s charismatic founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and her every decision begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.The film is directed by James Ponsoldt (“Master of None”, The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now) with a screenplay by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers, based on Eggers’ novel. Watch the trailer

Wakefield

Wakefield is writer-director Robin Swicord’s adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. Wakefield becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.  Watch the trailer.

 

NUL IS NIE NIKS NIE Daniah de Villiers, Pieter Louw en Jaden van der MerweThe impressive Afrikaans film Nul Is Nie Niks Nie is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about life, death and everything in between. The film tells the story of three friends (Hoender, Drikus and Chris) who set out to make Drikus’ last wish come true – to make a zombie movie. During their filmmaking process Hoender starts to deal with the loss of his father, he makes new friends, works on his self-confidence and realises that he has a lot to offer.  Drikus’ love of life and determination brings the surrounding lifeless community together and gives them a new lease on life. Lizé Vosloo wrote the screenplay for this film, inspired by the youth drama Oor ‘n motorfiets, ‘n zombiefiek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan word by Jaco Jacobs. ”My vision is for the film to become a piece of cinema that will have a long life because of its theme of life and death, which is central to the story, says director Morné du Toit. ”We were loyal to the theme from the beginning and I hope the film reaches a broad audience that will find it inspiring to watch.  I believe that stories have the ability to change lives, to bring hope where there was none, and life to where there was none.” Watch the trailer

spider-man-homecoming-759Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.  His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

It is the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts (Clown, Cop Car), with a screenplay by the writing teams of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Watch the trailer

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Churchill is a British historical war drama film directed by Australian writer and film director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man). Fearful of repeating the invasion of Gallipoli in 1915, Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) attempts to stop the planned invasion of Normandy in 1944. Only the support of Churchill’s wife, Clementine (Miranda Richardson) , can halt the prime minister’s physical and mental collapse. British historical war drama Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Go behind the scenes /  Watch the Trailer

 

the-house-movie-poster-01-600x350After losing their college fund, Scott (Will Ferrell) and Kate (Amy Poehler) must figure out a way to earn some cash so their daughter (Ryan Simpkins) can go to school in the comedy The HouseWith help from their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), the couple start an underground casino in the basement of their house. As the money rolls in and the good times fly, Scott and Kate soon learn that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.Directed by Andrew J. Cohen (Neighbours) , who co-wrote it with Brendan O’Brien. Watch the trailer

ALL EYES ON MEAll Eyez on Me tells the true and untold story of prolific and charismatic rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), shedding new light on the events behind his meteoric rise and tragic fall. Inspired by his activist mother (Danai Gurira) and close high-school friend Jada Pinkett (Kat Graham), Tupac embarks on a prolific and turbulent career marked by hit records, film roles, violence, imprisonment, bitter rivalries and a complex relationship with music mogul Suge Knight (Dominic Santana). Packed with Shakur’s incendiary music, All Eyez on Me tells the untold story of a prodigiously gifted artist cut down in the prime of life.  Watch the trailer

Heartbeats 2Two different worlds collide in the romantic dance film Heartbeats Kelli (professional dancer Krystal Ellsworth), an aspiring dancer, gave up her passion to enroll in law school when her older brother passed away. Unbeknownst to her parents, her studies were short-lived and she quickly returned to pursue her dance career. When her parents (Paul McGillion and Daphne Zuniga) discover her secret they force Kelli to drop out of dance and travel to India on a family trip to attend a wedding. What begins as a reluctant family trip turns into a journey of self-discovery when Kelli meets Aseem (Amitash Pradhan) , a fellow aspiring dancer. As Aseem and Kelli fall in love, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined possible. Heartbeats takes us on a cross-cultural journey of love, courage and redemption. Written and directed by Duane Adler (Save The Last Dance, Step Up, Step Up 2, Make Your Move).  Watch the Trailer

Despicable Me 3In Despicable Me 3  Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must stop former ’80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving world domination.  Bratt, a former child star who grows up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s; gets into some sibling rivalry when he meets his long lost twin brother, Dru.  When Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru, he wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon, the film is written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.  Watch the trailer

OutcastsDescribed as Mean Girls meets Revenge of the Nerds, the teen comedy Outcasts follows best friends Jodi (Victoria Justice) and Mindy (Eden Sher), who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female.. They plan to ride out their senior year under the radar, but when they become the victim of a humiliating prank, the two hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school and start a social revolution. They join forces with an affable slacker, a girl scout with a secret and an overachiever with dirt on everyone (Ashley Rickards). This wickedly funny comedy that also deals with the topical issue of social media bullying which infuses the story with rich and relevant subject matter. Watch The Trailer

Once Upon a time in Venice 2In the action comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice Bruce Willis plays a private detective in Venice Beach, Calif., who’s good with the ladies, bad with the punches and wild about his dog Buddy. When local thugs steal Buddy, Ford turns to the gang’s drug lord Spider (Jason Momoa), who forces the detective to do some jobs before getting the dog back. Action comedy directed and written by Mark and Robb Cullen in their directorial debuts. Watch the Trailer

Paris Can WaitIn the romantic comedy Paris Can Wait  Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to a successful but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life. It marks first feature directed by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis and director of the “Apocalypse Now” documentary “Hearts of Darkness”.  Watch The Trailer

transformers_the_last_knight-wide-1024x519TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT “The Last Knight” shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours. Based on the toy line of the same name created by Hasbro, it is the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a sequel to 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay by Ken Nolan, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway. With Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel. Says Bay: ”I think the key is just keep giving into the imaginations of the audience and keep these characters alive.This one’s much more about mythology and in terms of story line, it’s kind of the deeper of all five of them. This movie is much more of an adventure. There are two very strong female heroes in this movie that I like very much and it’s kind of got a different bent on it than we’ve normally done on other Transformers movies.” Watch the trailer

PromiseTHE PROMISE Brilliant medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac) meets beautiful dance instructor Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist who’s dedicated to exposing the truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred as they join forces to get themselves and their people to safety. The film was directed by Terry George, from a screenplay by George and Robin Swicord. ”The films I have loved and admired most were those that took audiences inside momentous human events – Films that immersed us in history in a visceral and unique way. The greatest non-fiction films such as Schindler’s List, The Killing Fields, Reds, The Battle of Algiers and historical dramas such as A Man for All Seasons, Dr. Zhivago and Apocalypse Now. Within the course of a few hours I experienced anger, fear, empathy, real sorrow and sometimes real joy. No other cinema genre could move me in that way. I left the theater overwhelmed. I had been guided through historic moments by characters I would not forget Watch the trailer.

tubelight-380TUBELIGHT An entertaining Indian historical war drama set in a small town in the hills of northern India, and tells the story of one man’s love for his family and his unshakeable belief in himself. After Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir Khan and Salman Khan come together to tell another heartwarming story about the power of doing good.Indian war drama film written, and directed by Kabir Khan Watch trailer

 

 

everything-everything_featureEVERYTHING, EVERYTHINGTeenage Maddy is housebound because she is allergic to almost everything, so she sees only her mother and a nurse — until a boy moves in next door, and she begins to fall in love. Directed by Stella Meghie and written by J. Mills Goodloe. It is based on a young-adult novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon. The film stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. “I wanted to import the whole book into the movie,” says director Stella Meghie of author Nicola Yoon’s novel Everything, Everything. “There was just so much between Maddy and Olly, the little moments that I wanted to get in, like every text conversation. Nicola wrote something so funny and sweet and honest and even fantastical, and it was important to me that the film feel like that, too.”Meghie hopes moviegoers will see a bit of the character within themselves. “I think we’ve all looked for a kindred spirit at some point, in romance, in family, in friends… Someone who gets who we are and accepts it, all of it,” the director says. “From the moment he spots her in the window, Olly doesn’t let the limitations of Maddy’s life stop him from discovering what she’s about, from falling in love with her. And that makes him a beautiful boy for Maddy to fall in love with.” Watch the trailer 

cars30002CARS 3 Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen, but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.While Lightning is still the same self-assured, determined and fun-loving race car audiences fell in love with, his confidence is being tested by the new cars on the track. Enter Cruz Ramirez. Tasked with getting Lightning McQueen back on track after a devastating setback, Cruz isn’t shy. Her training style is high-tech, enthusiastic and steadfast—she’s not afraid to apply a little tough love. But there’s more to Cruz than meets the eye. Cars 3 pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. Directed by Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2), fromh a story by Fee, Ben Queen (TV’s Powerless), Eyal Podell (actor Code Black) & Jonathon E. Stewart (Doing Time short), the screenplay was penned by Kiel Murray (Cars), Bob Peterson (Up” Finding Nemo) and Mike Rich (Secretariat, The Rookie). Watch the trailer