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Andrew Garfield in Silence.

It’s a film like Silence that showcases the transformative power of film, as well as the magical allure of the art of filmmaking at its best, and the craft of storytelling at its most powerful … In a nutshell, it’s hard to argue for Ghost in the Shell 2017 as an essential watch. It hits enough of its marks that it can’t be dismissed outright, but it’s definitely not a substitute for the original either … Writer-director Tom Ford spins his magic in the provocative mind bender Nocturnal Animals … 

New Releases – showing from 28 April

Two men from vastly different walks of life want to win gold attempting the three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon in the local film Beyond The River, three lifelong buddies plan to rob the very bank that absconded with their pension fund money in the comedy Going In Style; after suffering a family tragedy, a man spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs and faces a crisis of faith in The Shack;  an undercover police officer is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground in Sleepless; the sports drama Bleed For This tells the incredible true story of one of boxing’s most charismatic and colourful champions, “The Pazmanian Devil”; and opera  lovers can watch South African-born soprano Elza van den Heever in the virtuosic role of Princess Elettra in Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Idomeneo


Two men from vastly different walks of life have one thing in common: to win gold. But there are a few things in their way. One has a marriage on the verge of collapse. The other is on the run from the law, and his so-called life. Then there’s the minor detail of them never before having competed as a team… Somewhere along the river of their lives, there’s a confluence that changes both of them – forever. Through a series of unexpected events, the two men find themselves attempting the three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon as a doubles pair. But there are a few things they must overcome, not least of which are the completely different worlds they come from. They realise that the dream they both desperately desire requires them to work together, both in the boat and beyond the river. Inspired by the true story of Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks, who together won gold in the 2014 Dusi, Beyond the River delivers a nail-biting adventure story about the triumph of the human spirit. Starrring Lemogang Tsipa and Grant Swanby.  Directed by Craig Freimond and written by Freimond and Robbie Thorpe. Freimond: “The film is quite different. I can’t think of too many films like it. It’s got a feel-good side to it,but it has also got a lot of depth. People who’ve seen it have responded to the story, the film itself, the actors, the landscapes. People will enjoy this movie.”


Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece, Idomeneo, of love and vengeance following the Trojan War,  will be screened in Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas from Saturday, 29 April, for limited screenings.Elza van den Heever is joined by a stellar ensemble including Matthew Polenzani in the title role of the King of Crete, Idomeneo, with Nadine Sierra as Illia, Alice Coote as Idamante and Alan Opie as Arbace. This classic production from Jean–Pierre Ponnelle, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, is under the baton of the Metropolitan Opera’s famed Music Director Emeritus James Levine. He also conducted the first Met staging of this opera in 1982. Read more


The incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning 2 world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a severed spine, doctors tell him he may never walk again. With the help of renowned trainer Kevin Rooney, Vinny becomes a legend when he not only walks again, but miraculously returns to the ring to reclaim his title belt only a year after the accident.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, it  artfully blends action, humour and tragedy to portray one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports, and is written and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime).

“The craziest thing is that what you see in the movie actually happened to me and I made it out alive,” says former boxer  Vinny Pazienza watching his life take shape as a film.  “I look back and go ‘What the hell was I thinking, working out with screws in my skull and a broken neck with the screws right on the cusp of touching the muscles that they shouldn’t be touching. The whole thing is a pretty wild.”


Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy.  Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.  A remake based on the 1979 film of the same name.

This fun and fast-paced comedy with both heart and bite is directed by Zach Braff (Garden State, Wish I Was Here) from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent).

“I think audiences respond to people getting even,” offers screenwriter Theodore Melfi.  “We had to approach it in a comedic way because what they’re doing is a crime, but what’s been done to them is also a crime.  I have a big thing about justice and about people getting their due.  For me, these guys are clearly in the right. They’ve worked 40 years and their pension is stripped from them. And what happens to Joe with his mortgage is a perfect


After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter from God urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

This film is based on the phenomenally successful novel The Shack, by author William P. Young, that debuted and stayed on the New York Times Bestsellers List at No.1 for over 70 weeks.

It is a profoundly inspirational story about the resiliency of the human spirit in amongst unimaginable loss, as a grieving father faces the hardest decision of his life — to forgive the unforgivable.

“The most exciting thing I’ve heard from people that have dug into this as a fi lm is that ‘it made me want to be a better person.’ This story gives people hope and I love that!” shares producer Brad Cummings.

Says Sam Worthington, “We all lose a relationship or a loved one. If you look at it in a very simple way, the fi lm offers a beautiful message that if you forgive the tragedy that hits your life, you can actually get through it. It may be extremely painful and take a long time, but forgiveness releases you, it sets you free.”

For Octavia Spencer, “I hope for people who find themselves in the same situation as Mack, who are at the precipice of redefining their lives or reaffirming their faith, that they will hopefully fi nd their path and that Mack’s resolution will be their own.”



Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, White House Down) plays an undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice. Directed by Baran bo Odar, written by Andrea Berloff

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AMERICAN PASTORAL Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, it follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same.  Trailer  / Feature: From Page To Screen: Adapting Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth’s novel

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.  Directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Feature: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast celebrates one of the most enduring and beloved tales ever told  / Win a Blu-Ray of the classic animated Beauty and the Beast  Watch the trailer

FAST AND FURIOUS 8 From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family. Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) ,seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before. Directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan, it is the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, with  Dwayne Johnson, Jason Stratham, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Black, Kristofer Hivju, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris. Feature: The latest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time  / Watch the trailer


GOLD Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist (Edgar Ramirez) and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard but keeping it is even more difficult, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. Directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) and produced by Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, All is Lost). Feature: From Page To Screen: Gold – an epic tale of one man’s American dream / Watch Trailer

SILENCE Two 17th-century Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), embark on a perilous journey to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). While there, the two men minister to the Christian villagers who worship in secret. If caught by feudal lords or ruling samurai, they must renounce their faith or face a prolonged and agonizing death. They face the ultimate test of faith at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Directed by  Martin Scorsese. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life. Feature: A 26-year-journey from page to screen for writer-director Martin Scorsese / Review /  Trailer

TABLE 19 Ex-maid of honour Eloise (Anna Kendrick) – having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text – decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the ‘random’ table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone’s secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Friendships – and even a little romance – can happen under the most unlikely circumstances. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz. Read more about the film /  Trailer

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE  Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars in the title role of Antonina Żabińska, a real-life working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during WWII. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) directs the movie from a screenplay by Angela Workman, adapted from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on Antonina’s diaries. Read more about the film Watch the trailer