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Angel Has Fallen – The Perfect Collaboration Between Screenwriter, Director and Actor

“I never thought of Angel has Fallen as a sequel. I see it as a fresh, cool installment of the franchise that can stand alone while bringing everything fans love about Mike Banning, says writer-director Ric Roman Waugh of the third installment in the Fallen series, a psychologically tense, kinetic thriller that never lets off the accelerator from its opening killer-drone attack. Showing from 23 August. Read more

47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED In the summer of 2017, a contained, claustrophobic shark movie caused quite the splash. It was called 47 Meters Down. Now, in search of adventure, teenagers Mia (Sophie Nélisse), Sasha (Corinne Foxx), Nicole (Sistine Stallone) and Alexa (Brianne Tju) decide to scuba dive into a submerged Mayan city that is being mapped out nearby. Once inside, the entrance collapses behind them and they must navigate the labyrinthine tunnels and eerie caves in search of another way out as the air in their tanks steadily runs out. It is their worst claustrophobic nightmare, but it gets a whole lot worse when they discover the city is home to some very hungry Great White sharks…Written and directed by Johannes Roberts. Showing from 23 August.

APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of the film. Coppola’s visually dazzling masterpiece is a surreal, hallucinatory, epic tragedy about the horror of the Vietnam War. A U.S. Army Intelligence officer is sent on a bizarre river journey deep into the jungle to assassinate Colonel Kurtz, a renegade Green Beret who uses primitive tribesmen to wage his own war, Showing from 23 August

Blinded By The Light explores the power of music to transcend race and religion

Developed from writer-director Gurinder Chadha and British Journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s shared passion for Bruce Springsteen and based on Manzoor’s celebrated rite of passage memoir Greetings from Bury Park, Blinded By The Light chronicles his experiences as a British Muslim boy growing up in 1980s Luton and the impact Springsteen’s lyrics had on him.
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PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE The first-ever feature film inspired by the beloved, award-winning PLAYMOBIL® role-play toys. The heart-warming tale tells of a young boy who unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL. His sister embarks on a thrilling journey to bring him home. It was directed by Lino DiSalvo, an American animator, film director, writer and voice actor, who spent almost 17 years at Disney and served as Head of Animation on Frozen; supervising animator on Tangled and Bolt and animator on Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little and 102 Dalmatians.

Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark – Adapting the iconic but deeply eerie book series by Alvin Schwartz

As brought to life by the visionary team of producer Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) and director André Øvredal (Trollhunter), the film is anything but an anthology. Instead it’s a tale of a group of young misfits who must confront all the fears that stand between them and the future. Read more

RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE Richard is a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing terminal diagnosis and decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible with a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak, and a touch of madness. Written and directed by Wayne Roberts.  The film stars Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Danny Huston  Read more / Trailer /

Stan & Ollie – An Iconic Creative Marriage

Weaned on Saturday morning BBC TV screenings of Laurel & Hardy legendary two-reelers, award-winning Film and Television writer Jeff Pope was gifted a Laurel and Hardy DVD box-set fifteen years ago, and after watching Way Out West,  inspiration led to research the story behind the icons and snowballed into the screenplay for Stan & Ollie. Now showing. Read more

TERRA WILLY Set in the future, it revolves around a 10-year-old boy called Willy, who is separated from his parents following the destruction of their spaceship. His rescue capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet covered in exotic and colourful fauna and flora. Accompanied by survival robot Buck and Flash, an eight-legged extra-terrestrial creature who befriends them, Willy sets off to explore this weird and wonderful land.
The latest animated feature from TAT Productions, the company behind the well-travelled The Jungle Bunch: The Movie.

HER ONLY CHOICE A woman is faced with a choice to fight for her life or sacrifice it for another. After years of infertility, a newly-expectant mother is diagnosed with a life-altering disease.
Directed by Christel Gibson. With Jamaal Avery Jr., Christopher Bates, Veronica Blakney, Keith Arthur Bolden. Trailer /

MIDSOMMAR With their relationship in trouble, a young American couple travel to a fabled Swedish midsummer festival where a seemingly pastoral paradise transforms into a sinister, dread-soaked nightmare as the locals reveal their terrifying agenda. Written and directed by Ari Aster, and starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper. Feature: A dark and hallucinatory fairy tale rooted in personal experienceTrailer /

THE LION KING With the live-action release audiences can journey to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Directed by Jon Favreau, screenplay by Jeff Nathanson. Feature: The Lion King roars to life on the Big Screen in a Whole New Way /

SKIN Biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. It follows the life of former skinhead group member Bryon Widner. A young man (Jamie Bell) makes the dangerous choice to leave the white supremacist gang he joined as a teenager. With his former friends against him, he is determined to create a new life for himself — if he can make it out alive. Feature: Israeli writer-director Guy Nattiv talks about SKIN / Trailer /

YESTERDAY A struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal when discovers that The Beatles have never existed…and he finds himself with a very complicated problem indeed. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) from a screenplay by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill).Feature: A rock ’n’ roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life / Trailer /

STUBER Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) is a chatty, mild-mannered, risk-averse Millennial who works in a sporting goods store while moonlighting as an Uber driver who will do anything to save his five-star driver’s rating. Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) is a middle aged, old school, alpha detective, receives a tip on the whereabouts of the drug dealer who murdered his partner, and calls for an Uber. Can these two very different men share a Nissan Leaf while hunting drug dealers across Los Angeles? Directed by Michael Dowse from a screenplay by Tripper Clancy. Feature: A heartfelt bro-mance / Trailer / Now Showing

GRETA Frances finds a handbag on the New York subway and promptly returns it to Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher who loves tea and classical music. Having recently lost her mother, young Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely and kindly widow who enjoys her company. But when Greta’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, Frances does whatever it takes to end the toxic relationship before things spirals out of control. Directed by Neil Jordan and co-written by Ray Wright and Jordan. Feature: A contemporary thriller about obsession /  Trailer / Now showing

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Tom Holland returns as our friendly neighborhood Super Hero who, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. The film expands the Spider-Man film universe, taking Peter Parker out of his comfort zone and his home in Queens, New York City, and hurling him across Europe during what was supposed to be a school vacation – but which becomes his greatest challenge and most epic adventure ever. Directed by Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming).  from a screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers.  Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.   Read more / Trailer / Now Showing




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Quentin Krog talks about the explosive new SA Film Ander Mens

Ander Mens is a wild and wacky experience that clearly makes Krog the ‘Tarantino’ of SA filmmakers, offering an abundance of action and dark humour with the thrilling story of an ordinary, rather boring bookkeeper, Daniël Niemand (Bennie Fourie), whose life is irrevocably changed after a series of misunderstandings turns his world upside down. While the chaos leads to tragedy, it also helps him achieve a great personal victory. Showing from 23 August. Read more

National Theatre Live brings us The Lehman Trilogy

The next screening from National Theatre Live, bringing the best of British theatre to your local cinema, is The Lehman Trilogy, the story of a family and a company that changed the world.
On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world, he is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.
Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, King Lear) direct Simon Russell Beale (King Lear, The Tragedy of King Richard the Second), Adam Godley (Suits, Breaking Bad) and Ben Miles (The Crown) in Ben Power’s English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play. It is showing at Cinema Nouveau cinemas and Gateway Commercial KwaZulu-Natal on 24, 25, 28 and 29 August.

The Art Of Racing In The Rain – A Dog’s View On Humanity

For screenwriter Mark Bomback it was a gift to adapt Garth Stein’s beloved novel The Art Of Racing In The Rain, which features a wise and philosophical dog who longs to be reincarnated as a human. Read more

The Kitchen turns the classic mob drama upside down

The Kitchen is a high-impact drama with a strong, female-driven cast and women in key roles behind the scenes, it takes full ownership of a genre not known for putting women at the top.  Defying expectations across the board, it turns the classic mob drama upside down like never before, lending a contemporary tone to the distinctive style and vibe of the era and serving up plenty of action, attitude and shocking turns. Read more

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe

After eight films that have amassed more than $5 billion worldwide, TheFast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.   Read more

THE CURRENT WAR Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse — the greatest inventors of the industrial age — engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, sees fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Historical drama directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Michael Mitnick. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston and Tuppence Middleton. Feature: An Epivc Story About The Man Who Invented the 20th Century /
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THE BEST OF ENEMIES The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson)  , an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever. Directed and written by Robin Bissell. It is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, which focuses on the rivalry between civil rights activist Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader C. P. Feature: The True Story Of a Woman Who Turned A Klansman Into An Activist And Friend  / Trailer / 

CRAWL When a massive hurricane hits her Florida town, young Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores the evacuation orders to search for her missing father, Dave. After finding him gravely injured in their family home, the two of them become trapped by the rapidly encroaching floodwaters. With the storm strengthening, Haley and Dave discover an even greater threat than the rising water level — a relentless attack from a pack of gigantic alligators. Disaster horror film directed by Alexandre Aja from a screenplay by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. Read more / Trailer/

CHILD’S PLAY A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature. Directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith produced by Orion Pictures. It is a remake of the 1988 film of the same name and the 8th installment of the film series, serving as a reboot. Feature: A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic film /  Trailer /

SUPER 30 Anand Kumar, a Mathematics genius from a modest family in Bihar who is made to believe that only a King’s son can become a king is on a mission to prove that even the poor man can create some of the world’s most genius minds. He starts a training program named ‘Super 30’ to help 30 IIT aspirants crack the entrance test and make them highly successful professionals. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and his educational program Super 30 . Read more / Trailer