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Films showing from 18 August, 2017

A strip joint janitor, a club patron and their lucky fish are on the run in the zany local comedy Finders Keepers, a possessed doll  targets a nun and six girls in the horror Annabelle: Creation, in the action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard the world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, Detroit focuses on the events that transpired one terrifying evening during the civil unrest that tore apart the city of Detroit, a cutthroat headhunter is pitted against his polar-opposite rival in A Family Man, and the first part of the new staging of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterworkwork 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) 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.

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge, The Amazing Spider-Man) plays Prior Walter, whose boyfriend Louis (James McArdle, Young Chekov trilogy) leaves him on discovering he has AIDS. Russell Tovey (Being Human, Him & Her) is Joe – a closeted Mormon married to Harper (Denise Gough, Paula, People, Places & Things) whose marriage is on the rocks due to his secret homosexuality. Nathan Lane (The Lion King, The Birdcage) plays Donald Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn, who is about to receive some devastating news that will change his life forever.

Emma Keith, head of National Theatre Live, said the team is looking forward to the show being shown in cinemas worldwide: ‘’It seems fitting that Angels in America is our 60th broadcast, as it really sums up what National Theatre Live is all about – bringing world class theatre to those who may not otherwise have had the chance to see it.

“An amazing cast, fantastic creative team and a play that has more than stood the test of time – which, in fact, seems more timely than ever – means that this broadcast really is unmissable.’’  Read more

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.

Both films will show at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban.

The running time of Part 1 is 3 hours and 40 minutes and of Part 2 is 4 hours and 20 minutes, both including two 15 minute intervals.

Finders KeepersIn 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?

The film stars rapidly rising comedy star Dalin Oliver (I came, I taught, I left), star of Afrikaans film and television Neels van Jaarsveld (Knysna, Man Soos My Pa, Sonskyn Beperk, Bang Bang Club), the smoldering Lise Slabber (Black Sails), the effervescent veteran award winning actor Grant Swanby (Beyond the River, Modder en Bloed), award winning stand-up comedian Stuart Taylor and star of screen and social media Siv Ngesi.

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.

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.

To craft the story, the filmmakers turned to scribe Gary Dauberman, who had written “Annabelle” and was eager to dive back in.  “The first film I wrote extended the mythology of the doll,” he says.  “For this one, we wanted to dig into her history and see if we could find out how the evil started.

“Dolls are things that bring people joy, right?” he continues.  “They’re given as gifts, passed down through generations.  So I wanted to set that up for Annabelle by starting her out from a place of love—a happy family—in order to sort of lay the groundwork for a nice contrast to all the bad stuff that would follow.”

“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.”

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.

Says Ryan Reynolds:  “I love the bond between Bryce and Kincaid. These two guys couldn’t be more polarized but as we move through the story they start to acquire begrudging love and respect for each other. There’s a bromance and several love stories all wrapped up in this incredible, crazy action story.”

Adds Samuel L. Jackson:  “Ryan and I go on a crazy fun jaunt through the roads of Europe – and it’s full of chaos and humor between two characters who have a very unusual chemistry.”

Tom O’Connor’s screenplay for The Hitman’s Bodyguard took some of the most popular tropes of hit action thrillers – including the freewheeling hitman who can’t miss and the dreamy bodyguard whose protection never fails – and irreverently crashed them right into one another. “Balancing the comedy and the action was really tricky, and that was something I played with a lot in the very beginning of the script because I knew I wanted it to be funny without being goofy or wacky,” O’Connor recalls.

In the action-comedy tradition, the script offered a story of escalating stakes – but where one extreme situation after the next somehow brings the hitman and his bodyguard closer to the International Criminal Court … and each other.  That’s where Patrick Hughes came in; having worked with an all-star cast and plenty of action in Expendables 3, he had the high-adrenaline chops and was ready to try something different.  “Patrick was able to take the reins, be the field general with the actors and bring it all to life,” notes screenwriter Tom O’Connor.

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.

First-time director Mark Williams was drawn to Bill Dubuque’s script by the quality of the writing and the authenticity of its voices.

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.

From Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), comes the dramatic thriller, Detroit, another vivid and all-too-relevant exploration of America’s recent past. She and frequent collaborator, Oscar-winning screenwriter/producer Mark Boal, (The Hurt Locker) are no strangers to controversial subject matter.

“On film, history can be a little antiseptic, especially if you are fifty years removed from it,” says Boal. “Only when you meet the people involved do you begin to appreciate that history is really the story of the individuals. And that became the focus of my script.”

DetroitDetroit 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.

Two nights after the Detroit rebellion began, a report of gunshots in the vicinity of a National Guard staging area prompted the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Army National Guard and a local private security guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Flouting procedural rules, several policemen forcefully and viciously interrogated motel guests, conducting a “death game” in an attempt to intimidate someone, anyone, into confessing. By the end of the night, three unarmed young men had been gunned down point blank, and several other men and women were brutally beaten. No gun was ever found.

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

New Releases

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.


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 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