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Zombieland: Double Tap – Comic mayhem ensues with the sequel to an iconic zomedy

A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and cult classic, the original cast reunite with veteran director Ruben Fleischer (Venom, TV’s “Superstore”) and screenwriters Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick – who wrote the screenplay for Zombieland: Double Tapwith Dave Callaham. Read more / Showing from 25 October / Trailer

Blessers – A New South African Comedy-Drama about blessers, cheating, and the sex trade

Although the arrangement is nothing new, ‘blesser’ is a South African term for an older man who has multiple girlfriends he lavishes with gifts, in exchange for sex and companionship. In turn, the girlfriends post photos on social media of expensive shoes, clothes and piles of cash, tagging the pictures #blessed. That’s the subject at the heart of the slick and hilarious new comedy ‘Blessers’, by actor and director Rea Rangaka. The film stars award-winning actor and comedian Kenneth Nkosi as a middle-aged businessman who has become accustomed to his routine, a life which includes his wife, Michelle (Sonia Mbele of ‘Generations’ fame), his daughter Natasha (Six Nyamane), his work and his fun. Caught knee-deep in the word of blessers, Jacob and his family are about to learn a few hard lessons and discover that they are perhaps not that #blessed. ‘Blessers’ is written by Tbo Touch, Sasa Nqabeni and Kumaran Naidu. Showing from 25 October / Trailer

Light Of My Life – A meditation on parental love in broken times

Light Of My Life, Casey Affleck’s narrative feature filmmaking debut, based on his own script, mixes a survivalist drama, a coming-of-age story, and a powerful metaphor of parenting, letting concern for a single child serve as both eulogy and hope for a species facing its greatest challenges. In the desperate atmosphere of a post-pandemic, dystopian landscape following a plague that killed nearly all the world’s females, a father (Casey Affleck) and daughter (newcomer Anna Pniowsky) survive on rations in American Midwestern towns while they forage in the woods, far from the danger men present.Read more / Trailer /Video interview/

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Parasite – A complex, honest allegory about the challenges we all face

In an age when economic polarization and inequality show no signs of abating, and large sections of the world’s population feel more and more desperate, there is a temptation to blame others and promote easy, one-sided solutions. What Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite provides is a complex, honest allegory about the challenges we all face in a world where co-existence is an increasingly difficult ideal to achieve. This family tragicomedy depicts the inevitable collision that ensues when Ki-woo, the eldest son in a family of four unemployed adults, is introduced to the wealthy Park family for a well-paid tutoring job. Writer-director BONG Joon Ho talks about his ‘unstoppably fierce family tragicomedy’ Parasite / Trailer /

Gemini Man- When A Story Challenges The Boundaries Of Technology

Will Smith plays a veteran ex-Special Forces sniper turned assassin for a clandestine government organization; and, with the assistance of ground-breaking visual effects, as Junior, the mysterious younger operative with peerless fighting skills who is suddenly targeting him in a global chase. Directed by Ang Lee (Life of Pi) from a screenplay by David Benioff and Billy Ray and Darren Lemke. Read more / Trailer /

The Animated Addams Family brings Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons to life

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbour. The Addams family’s lives begin to unravel when they face-off against a treacherous, greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration. Based on the comics of the same name by Charles Addams. The film is directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan./ Read more /  / Trailer /

Joker – An original vision of the infamous DC villain

Directed, co-written and produced by Todd Phillips, Joker is the filmmaker’s original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies. 
Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.  Longing for any light to shine on him, he tries his hand as a stand-up comic, but finds the joke always seems to be on him.  Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study. Read more / Trailer /

Abominable – An Epic Animated Adventure

When a teenage girl stumbles upon a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, she and her friends name him “Everest” and embark on an unforgettable quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. This first female-led, major-studio animated film with a central female character, is written and directed by Jill Culton (Open Season, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2). Read more / Trailer

Ready Or Not – Taking a conventional story to the extreme

The stakes are high as a newlywed literally fights for her life, trying to survive her in-laws in a deadly game of hide and seek on her wedding night. When she draws the ‘Hide and Seek’ card she makes the terrifying discovery that she is being hunted in lethal blood sport. Pushed to her limits physically and emotionally, Grace becomes hellbent on not only staying alive, but attempts to change the game forever by fighting back in any way she can. A film from the film making trio collectively known as Radio Silence comprising of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, and executive producer Chad Villella (Southbound / Devil’s Due). Now showing / Trailer

The worldwide TV phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event

The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. We return to the Great House with the most illustrious guests the Crawley family could ever hope to entertain, their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary.  With a dazzling parade and lavish dinner to orchestrate, Mary, now firmly at the reins of the estate, faces the greatest challenge to her tenure as head of Downton. Directed by Michael Engler from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes (who created and wrote the 9-season TV series). Read more

Ad Astra – A Positive View Of Space Travel

Brad Pitt plays an elite astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. Directed by James Gray (Lost City of Z, The Immigrant), from a screenplay by Gray and his long-time associate Ethan Gross (“Fringe”) Read more / Trailer /

The Angry Birds Movie 2

In this CG animated comedy three flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level. When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird Island and Piggy Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes. Directed by Thurop Van Orman from a screenplay by Peter Ackerman and Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart.

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A Rainy Day In New York – Woody Allen’s rendition of an old-fashioned Hollywood romance

Woody Allen’s romantic comedy tells the story of college sweethearts, Gatsby (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Elle Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend together in New York City are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers. The two are soon parted, and each has a series of chance meetings and comical adventures while on their own. Over the course of a dreamy and drizzly day in New York, Ashleigh discovers she might not be who she thought she was and Gatsby learns that while you only live once, once is enough if you find the right person. Showing from 25 October / Trailer

Escape Plan: The Extractors

Sequel to Escape Plan 2. After security expert Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend is also captured. Now he and his team, must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages, hidden in the depths of the prison complex, before time runs out.Directed by John Herzfeld. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 25 October

SALVATION An apocalypse survivor in search of his lost daughter is drawn into a deadly creation myth. Danny (Julian Richings) searches for his missing daughter (Carlyn Burchell) after the apocalypse. Ten years later, alone, he heads north in his post-apocalyptic world. After breaking his leg, he is rescued by an orphaned girl, Sam. Together they wait out the winter while his leg mends. In the spring, Danny discovers a boot-print that does not belong to him – another man is alive and present. The newcomer challenges Danny’s version of the apocalypse, threatening Danny’s new life. Sam is ready to believe him, but Danny remains unconvinced – now the danger is real. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker
Bennet De Brabandere. Trailer Showing from 25 October

Die verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer – A beloved South African folk tale brought to life on the Big Screen

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by writer and filmmaker Brett Michael Innes, the film tells the story of Afrikaans family, the De Beers, who are forced to find shelter on a local farm in the Eastern Free State of South Africa in the 1800s. Winter has arrived and, as dark clouds laden with snow start to roll in over the Drakensberg mountains, tragedy strikes. Read more /

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – The horned anti-hero returns

A sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and her goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family. Directed by Joachim Rønning. With a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue. Read more / Trailer/

MA MA Diagnosed with breast cancer, a woman (Penélope Cruz) forms a strong bond with a man (Luis Tosar) who lost his wife and daughter in a car accident. Spanish drama film directed by Julio Medem.Review/ Trailer / Showing from 18 October

The Goldfinch – From Best Seller To Big Screen

Intimate in its emotion and sweeping in its design, this film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed and beloved bestseller of the same name is directed by BAFTA Award winner John Crowley (Brooklyn), from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The tragedy of a terrorist bomb explosion in the Metropolitan Museum of Art changes the course of a young man’s life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, friendship and even love.  Throughout the turbulent years, as he grows into adulthood, Theo (Ansel Egort) secretly clings to a single, precious object—his one tangible connection to the mother he lost on that terrible day—a priceless painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch.  The Goldfinch. Read more/ Trailer /

Zulu Wedding – A Tribute To The Richness Of The African Culture

An unashamedly romantic, glamorous and hilarious all at the same time and pays loving tribute to the richness of African culture. It acknowledges the, sometimes schizophrenic, reality of many urban South Africans who live sophisticated modern lives which are nonetheless shaped by their family cultures, traditions and expectations. Lu (Lungile Sabata) left South Africa and her Zulu-Sotho heritage behind to become a dancer in America, and when she falls in love with Tex (Darrin Dewitt Henson) , she knows he’s the man to marry. But when she brings Tex home to meet her family, she discovers she’s been promised since birth to a Zulu king (Pallance Dladla). Caught between two men, two families, and two countries, Lou has to come to terms with who she is so she can fight for what she wants. Directed by Lineo Sekeleoane. Screenplay by Julie Hall. Read more / Website / Trailer /

Late Night Exposes The World Of A Legendary Talk Show Host

Much like the character Katherine Newbury in Late Show , actor, writer and producer Mindy Kaling is an entertainment industry pioneer, breaking down barriers by becoming the first woman and first person of color to write for the hit sitcom “The Office,” then creating and starring in her own show, “The Mindy Project,” and penning two best-selling books. Now, the creative dynamo, who has emerged as one of the most original comic voices of her generation, has channeled her own career experiences into her first feature screenplay, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of television comedy. Read more /  / Trailer / Now showing

A Baseball Player Seek Redemption in Bottom Of The 9th

A tragic mistake lands 19-year- old baseball phenom Sonny Stano in jail before his burgeoning professional baseball career gets off the ground. Now at 39 and fresh out of prison (Joe Manganiello) he works to win back his respect, his family, his lost love and his dream of being a professional baseball player. “A meditation on the life of the artist; the frustration, the fear of commitment and most importantly the inability to suppress the talent that exists within, especially when that talent is at the core of the person’s soul,” says director Raymond De Felitta, who directed from a screenplay by Robert Bruzio.  Read more / 

Teen Spirit – A visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story

With his stylish directorial debut, Max Minghella creates a modern fairytale — scored to a lush, pop soundtrack — about a quiet 17-year-old girl who finds the support and self-confidence she needs to step into her own power. Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Trailer

Polaroid – A vintage camera possessed by dark secrets

High school student Bird (Kathryn Prescott) is given an old Polaroid camera that holds dark and mysterious secrets. She soon realizes that those who get their picture taken by it meet a tragic and untimely death. Directed by Lars Klevberg, based on his 2015 short film of the same name. Read more  / Trailer/

Writer-director Oliver Hermanus talks about Moffie

South African born film director, writer and photographer Oliver Hermanus’ film Skoonheid caused quite a sensation with its exploration of a conservative, white, Afrikaans man’s obsession for his brawny nephew and won the Queer Palm at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His latest film is Moffie, an adaptation of André-Carl van der Merwe’s celebrated memoir. It tells the story of a conscript who embarks on his military service in 1981 South Africa.  Read more

Rambo: Last Blood – The last chapter of the legendary series.

Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, it marks the last chapter of the legendary series. Directed by Adrian Grunberg from a screenplay by Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone.

The Zoya Factor

In this Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film, Sonam Kapoor stars as Zoya, a young and successful advertising executive who becomes the good luck charm for India’s cricket team during the World Cup. Based on the book by Anuja Chauhan of the same title.
directed by Abhishek Sharma.  Read more / Trailer /