The biggest movie releases this week

There’s a public holiday next week Wednesday (Freedom Day – you forgot didn’t you?) which means a whole extra day to spend with your loved ones and pack into the nearest cinema.

The release schedule is a bit lighter than usual this week but if nothing here grabs your fancy, it might be time to catch up on some of the bigger titles you’ve missed – including the rather excellent Jungle Book or Batman v Superman.


Demolition

Age restriction: 16 DL

Run time: 100 mins

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Synopsis:

In Demolition, a successful investment banker, Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions.


Irrational Man

Age restriction: 13 SV

Run time: 95 mins

Starring: Jamie Blackley, Joauqin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Emma Stone.

Directed By: Woody Allen

Synopsis:

Woody Allen’s Irrational Man is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life.

Abe feels that everything he’s tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn’t made any difference. Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend.


Barbershop: The Next Cut

Age restriction: PG 13

Run time: 112 mins

Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, JB Smoove, Common, Nicki Minaj

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Synopsis:

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew, including Eddie, are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes.

Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavour, drama and gossip to the shop, challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighbourhood.


The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Age restriction: 10-12 PGV

Run time: 115 mins

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Sam Claflin, Rob Brydon, Jessica Chastain

Directed by: Joe Roth

Synopsis:

Betrayed by her evil sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron), heartbroken Freya (Emily Blunt) retreats to a northern kingdom to raise an army of huntsmen as her protectors.

Gifted with the ability to freeze her enemies in ice, Freya teaches her young soldiers to never fall in love. When Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara defy this rule, the angry queen does whatever she can to stop them. As war between the siblings escalates, Eric and Sara unite with Freya to end Ravenna’s wicked reign.


Verskietende Ster

Age restriction: 10-12 PG

Run time: 85 mins

Starring: Hykie Berg, Deànré Reiners, Jana Strydom, Hannes van Wyk, Ilse Oppelt, Hanlie Rolfes, Corine du Toit, Johan Scholtz

Directed by: Darrell James Roodt

Synopsis:

The story of musical prodigy Phillip Schuman, who has the weight of the real world threatening to shadow the light of his genius.


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