This week’s three new releases cover some important genre bases: Inspirational true life drama, horror-thriller and crime comedy. What’s more, at least two of the three are absolutely worth watching if reviews are to be believed.
Queen of Katwe
Age Restriction: PG P
Phiona, a 10-year-old girl from the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda meets Robert Katende, a soccer player turned missionary, who empowers children with valuable skills by teaching them chess. It’s not long before Katende starts mentoring the future chess champion, after recognising her natural aptitude, fighting spirit and extraordinary potential.
Shot in Uganda and South Africa, Queen of Katwe forms part of Disney’s drive to tell more world stories and offer better representational diversity. This has been appreciated by critics, who have responded well to the film’s distinct setting and little known true story. Queen of Katwe may play out as largely predictable underdog tale, but it’s feel-good stuff with moving performances from Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
Age Restriction: 16 L V
Rocky, a teenage delinquent, wants to run away from her parents with her daughter and boyfriend, Money. In an attempt to raise cash for their new life, the young thieves plot to burgle a wealthy blind war veteran, who is believed to have a safe in his basement. However, their “foolproof” heist unravels in the most heinous of ways.
South Africans have had to wait almost 2 months to watch Don’t Breathe, evidently one of the standout suspense movies, and biggest sleeper hits, of 2016. Helmed by Evil Dead (2013)’s Fede Alvarez, Don’t Breathe is lean, confident and chilling. Evidently the movie loses a bit of its unpredictability as it approaches the end, but it’s still a strong choice for anyone seeking seasonal Halloween thrills.
Age Restriction: 10–12 PGV
David Ghantt is an ordinary guy, navigating a dull and monotonous life, which finds him driving an armoured vehicle day in and day out. When the opportunity to escape to his wildest dreams arrives on a silver platter, courtesy of a flirtatious work crush, he’s lured into planning a bank heist to last a lifetime… that is, if he can survive his team of halfwits and double-crossers.
Masterminds combines an exceptionally strong cast of comedians, a ridiculous-but-true crime caper premise and the director of Napoleon Dynamite. It should be absurd fun, right? Well, kind of. Reviews have been very mixed. Some have loved the dark, deadpan eccentricity of it all. Others have been put off by the large amount of hick caricature and slapstick. Hilarious or painfully unfunny – you decide.
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Last Updated: October 14, 2016