It’s a new week and Nu Metro has just revealed its updated release schedule for the next 3 months.
Two of the flicks I’m most excited to watch, Haywire and Shame still have yet to be assigned release dates unfortunately – although Ster Kinekor says the latter is out on 2 March – but these are the others we can catch on the big screen soon. Please just bear in mind that release dates are always subject to change:
IRON LADY: Meryl Streep does Margaret Thatcher! And racks up the award nominations for playing England’s divisive first, and only, female prime minister.
HUGO (3D): In a dramatic change of pace, director Martin Scorsese tries his hand at family fantasy, with Oscar-nominated results.
SAFE HOUSE: Watch Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds bring the carnage to Cape Town in this espionage thriller.
STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE (3D): Relive the fantasy sci-fi prequel that introduced the world to Jar Jar Binks. Now in 3D.
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Michelle Williams plays blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe in this Oscar nominated biopic.
MATERIAL: A local comedy about a young Muslim man (Riaad Moosa) who wishes to defy family tradition and become a stand-up comedian.
SEMI-SOET: An Afrikaans romantic comedy in which a desperate ad agency owner hires a gorgeous male model to masquerade as a her husband, in order to secure a “family values” account.
CHRONICLE: This fantasy thriller, in the found footage style, examines what would happen if teens developed super powers in reality.
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (3D): Nicolas Cage is back as Marvel’s demonic biker, this time travelling around Eastern Europe for the directors of Crank.
THIS MEANS WAR: Romcom meets spy thriller when government agents Chris Pine and Tom Hardy compete for the affections of Reese Witherspoon.
ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN: Brazilian actioner about Rio’s Military Police and their embroilment in bloody political conflict.
WAR HORSE: Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed, Academy Award nominated drama about the adventures of a horse in Europe during WWI.
THE DEVIL INSIDE: A horror film in the found footage style, centering on the topic of exorcisms.
SHAME: Michael Fassbender plays a successful 30-something New Yorker with a sex addiction in this hard to watch drama.
THE SITTER: Jonah Hill stars in this comedy about an awful babysitter who drags his charges through night time New York. From the director of Pineapple Express.
RAMPART: Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt cop and former war veteran who lands in trouble for his vigilante justice.
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE: Oscar nominated drama starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock about a young boy touching lives in the aftermath of 9/11.
PROJECT X: Think of this comedy – about high school seniors throwing an epic party – as this year’s Superbad.
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: The long-awaited film version of John le Carré’s bestselling espionage novel. With a fantastic British cast.
TAKE SHELTER: Michael Shannon stars in this indie drama about a man who tries to protect his family after he has apocalyptic visions.
JOHN CARTER (3D): Taylor Kitsch is a Civil War veteran transported to a barbaric Mars in this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s pulpy stories.
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (3D): Sequel to family adventure Journey to the Centre of the Earth. This time with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
GONE: Thriller with Amanda Seyfried out to catch the serial killer who has kidnapped her sister.
THE BIG YEAR: Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson star in this comedy about 3 men who escape their life crises by attempting to become the world’s greatest birders.
CONTRABAND: Mark Wahlberg is an ex-smuggler who has to return to his old ways when his family is threatened.
MELANCHOLIA: The latest from director Lars von Trier. Depressive Kirsten Dunst copes pretty well with the impending end of the world.
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL: Veteran British stars like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy play retirees enticed to live in a “restored” Indian hotel. Comedy drama.
CARNAGE: The latest from Roman Polanski. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly are parents who meet to discuss their children’s playground fight.
THE VOW: Romantic drama based on a true story. Channing Tatum tries to romance amnesiac wife Rachel McAdams.
OUR IDIOT BROTHER: In this comedy Paul Rudd is the hippie black sheep brother to sisters Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.
MARGARET: In this drama Anna Paquin is a teenager emotionally torn apart by the belief that she caused a deadly traffic accident.
THE LORAX (3D): An animated adaptation of the Dr Seuss story, which features a grumpy, orange environmental guardian.
GOOD DEEDS: Tyler Perry produces, directs, writes and stars in this tale of a successful businessman who decides to do what’s right instead of what’s expected.
WRATH OF THE TITANS (3D): Sam Worthington is back as mythological beastie-basher Perseus. Once again he’s caught up in the war between the Greek gods.
5/6 April (Easter Weekend):
AMERICAN PIE: REUNION: The original gang is all back for the Class of 99’s 10 year high school reunion. Expect more saucy, gross-out humour.
THE ARTIST: A multi-award winning romantic drama – and 2012 Oscar forerunner – that serves as a tribute to Hollywood’s Silent Era.
OTELO BURNING: South African drama about township teens who find escape from their situation through surfing.
BENDING THE RULES: A WWE drama that sees Jamie Kennedy’s DA facing off against Adam “Edge” Copeland’s rogue cop.
TITANIC 3D: 15 years later it’s time to relive Jack and Rose’s star-struck romance aboard the RMS Titanic… this time in 3D.
IN THE LAND OF BLOOD & HONEY: Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut – a romantic drama against the backdrop of the Bosnian War.
JOYFUL NOISE: Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton play strong-willed Southern women warring over the position of choir mistress at their church.
LIKE CRAZY: Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones play a young couple separated by visa issues in this romantic drama.
THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (3D): The latest stop-motion animated comedy from the Wallace and Gromit team.
PUNCTURE: Based on a true story, Chris Evans plays a drug addicted lawyer who tackles the health care and pharmaceutical industries.
YOUNG ADULT: Charlize Theron is a nasty bitch who return to her home town with the intention of seducing her now-married high school boyfriend. Quirky comedy drama from the makers of Juno.
THE HUNGER GAMES: Movie adaptation of the smash hit novel. An action sci-fi tale set in a dystopian America where teens fight to the death as TV entertainment and intimidation for the masses.
THE CUP: True life horse racing drama from Australia about triumph over adversity at the 2002 Melbourne Cup.
ONE LIFE: A BBC feature length nature documentary about how all of Earth’s inhabitants are interconnected.
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN: Gentle comedy drama from Chocolat’s Lasse Hallstrom. Ewan McGregor is a scientist tasked with introducing salmon into Yemen’s wadis. Emily Blunt and Kristen Scott Thomas watch on.
THE GREY: Liam Neeson survives a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, only to face a pack of hungry wolves. Action thriller.
A MILLION COLOURS: A local romantic adventure based on a true story. A young black movie star is separated from his love by Apartheid policies.
MOVIE 43: An all-star comedy consisting of short segments, including a skit about superhero dysfunction.
ALBERT NOBBS: Academy Award nominated drama with Glenn Close masquerading for 30 years as a man in 19th Century Scotland.
THE AVENGERS (3D): All those Marvel superhero films have been building to this point: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk… and maybe even Spider-Man… in one epic battle to save the world.