It’s not Friday, it’s Thor’s Day! If you’re not swarming the cinemas for Ragnarok this weekend (or binging some Netflix), here’s what else you can check out this weekend.
Age Restriction: 13 V
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok–the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization–at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger–the Incredible Hulk!
Thor: Ragnarok is near non-stop comedy combined with neon colours and crazy characters. My favourite of the Thor stand-alone films to date, it still adheres closely to the Marvel formula, but director Taika Waititi has added so much of his own style and flair that you’ll love it regardless.
Age Restriction: 18 H L V
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.
If you’ve never enjoyed the Saw franchise, Jigsaw isn’t going to change your mind. However, it’s skilful, satisfying schlock for those fans of the torture-porn genre, with impressive set pieces and gore aplenty.
The Jungle Bunch
Age Restriction: PG V
Maurice may look like a penguin – but he’s a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he’s the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before him. But Igor, an evil koala, wants to destroy the jungle once and for all, helped by his army of silly baboons.
Agonisingly boring for anyone over the age of 6, The Jungle Bunch is not worth the cost of cinema tickets. Unless you’re okay with abandoning your children in the cinema to watch it on their own, or you have ready access to multiple hip flasks.
Age Restriction: 10-12 PG L
THE JOURNEY is the gripping account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history. In 2006, amid the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual – a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region.
Unfortunately, The Journey’s narrative deficiencies undermine a powerful fact-based story, but those problems are often offset by solid work from Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall. Functioning primarily as an optimistic story of people overcoming their differences, The Journey also takes a hard look at how each man rationalized their roles in the ceaseless violence.
Age Restriction: 13 L V S P
Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.
Taking an enlightening, well-acted look at its real-life subject’s early career, Marshall also delivers as an enjoyably old-fashioned courtroom drama. Chadwick Boseman is already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to the upcoming Black Panther, here he puts in an excellent performance that imbues the young Marshall with a quiet confidence and a dogged devotion to the truth.
Book at Ster Kinekor (2D)
Age Restriction: 13 L V
Three people board the train bound for Johannesburg. Strangers, each with their own goals, simple tasks to complete, and in search of family to help them. But, when they are betrayed by the very people whose protection they sought, they find themselves trapped in the city—invisible and alone. Three separate plots are intertwined in a gripping, deeply moving and often funny narrative about struggling for survival and dignity in the city.
Based on true events, Vaya has been picked up for several local and international film festivals. Now in local cinemas, this electrifying character drama from Nigerian director Akin Omotoso is bolstered by brilliant performances and camerawork.
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Last Updated: October 27, 2017