Home Entertainment Movies Out Today: Surviving Somali pirates, ghosts and sticky-fingered teens

Movies Out Today: Surviving Somali pirates, ghosts and sticky-fingered teens

2 min read

Four new films hit South African cinemas today and it’s a fairly appealing lot all around. Let’s kick off with the Pick of the Week, shall we?

Captain Phillips:
Sure to be earning Tom Hanks yet another Oscar nomination in the coming months is this real-life survival thriller. Hanks plays merchant ship captain Richard Phillips, who, in 2009, attempted to resist hijacking of his vessel by Somali pirates. Paul (Bourne Supremacy, United 93) Greengrass directs.

Kervyn has sky-high praise for Captain Phillips. Evidently it’s one of those rare “complete package” movie experiences – intense, intelligent, expertly shot and exceptionally well-acted. Internationally, critics have agreed. The film has earned an aggregated review score of 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.


Insidious: Chapter 2:
Fresh from the success of The Conjuring, director James Wan brings us the inevitable sequel to his 2011 sleeper smash hit. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, this supernatural thriller kicks off exactly where its predecessor ended, with the Lambert family trying to rid themselves of the sinister “Dark Bride” entity that has attached itself to them.

Insidious: Chapter 2 apparently adopts an old school approach to frights, concentrating more on atmosphere than special effects and gore. It’s still compelling but is more silly than consistently scary, suffering from clunky performances and scripting. 38% Fresh.

Insidious 2 trailer  (Screengrab)

The Bling Ring:
Finally opening in South Africa is this black comedy from writer-director Sofia Coppola. Based on real life events, The Bling Ring centres on a group of shallow, commodity-obsessed California teens who start stealing from celebrities. With Emma Watson, Israel Broussard and Katie Chang.

Reviews have been mixed for The Bling Ring, with critics complaining that the satirical film is as superficial as its leads. On the positive side, it is beautifully shot, the morality judgement is left up to the audience and Emma Watson is evidently superb.


As Jy Sing:
Filling your local content quotient for the week is this feel-good Afrikaans language musical. South African singing stars like Bobby van Jaarsveld, Bok van Blerk, Robbie Wessels and Karlien van Jaarsveld star in this tale of a music teacher who lives for his young singing group, despite their outcast status at their sports-mad high school. Then one day the teens are forced to stand up for what they believe in; what makes their lives worth living.


Last Updated: November 15, 2013


  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 15, 2013 at 10:24

    As Jy Sing sounds like one of those movies that would make me slit my wrists rather than see. I can’t stand sugary, sentimental cheese.


  2. James Francis

    November 15, 2013 at 10:29

    I’ve not had good feedback on The Bling Ring – apparently it spends more time talking about the stuff they steal than anything else.


  3. Andre116

    November 15, 2013 at 13:27

    “sticky-fingered teens”. That does not sound like something I should google.


  4. Gustav Willem Diedericks

    November 15, 2013 at 19:40

    So in short: Nothing to watch that came out this week. Just crap.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      November 16, 2013 at 23:50

      Nope. Captain Phillips is the exact opposite of crap. One of the top 3 movies of the year for me.


      • Gustav Willem Diedericks

        November 17, 2013 at 09:11

        Really? Damn. I almost went and watched that last night. Decided to watch Thor: Dark World instead. Was afraid it would turn into a snore fest.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

It’s copy and paste in this trailer for Disney’s Turner and Hooch reboot

Disney's new Turner and Hooch reboot has dropped a first trailer which reveals a series th…