Ster Kinekor are bringing Stephen King fans TWO much anticipated movies from their favourite writer in September, and they promise not to disappoint!
THE DARK TOWER – Release date: 8 September
The Dark Tower, the epic story from Stephen King, one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen. And ladies, if you’re despairing at the thought of having to sit through yet another movie that sounds like ‘man-fodder’, this one stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black!! So really, it already ticks all the boxes!
The Dark Tower is an ambitious mixture of action, adventure and fantasy, telling the story of the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. Tom Taylor stars as Jake Chambers, a New York boy who becomes Roland’s apprentice.
For many of his stalwart fans, The Dark Tower is arguably King’s greatest, standout achievement. Despite being renowned for writing mainly horror stories, this fits more into the genre of action fantasy, possibly attracting a wider audience
Watch The Dark Tower trailer here:
The film’s run time is 91 minutes
IT – Release Date – 15 September
Who remembers IT? (Am I giving away my age?) This book was responsible for an entire generation’s clown phobia (which they possibly passed on to their children)!
This one is not for the faint-hearted but promises to be a feast for the senses of all horror movie buffs. Based on Stephen King’s famed novel of the same name, the film is set in the town of Derry (where King set quite a few of his novels – so possibly a place to avoid if you’re not into the whole horror thing!), where the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind just bloody remains. The film is intended to be the first instalment in a planned duology.
In a place known as “The Barrens”, a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. The kids bond over their determination to kill it. The horror and terror can truly be appreciated on the big screen as the kids walk through a scary tunnel and peer through the sewers where IT lives. Even if you wanted to look away when the horror unfolds, you won’t be able to take your eyes of the screen.
Jaeden Lieberher and Bill Skarsgård star as Bill Denbrough, and Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, respectively, with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Finn Wolfhard in supporting roles.
The film’s time is 135 minutes … if you ask me, that is a VERY long time, and a LOT of horror … but that’s just my opinion. If you can’t wait for the 15th, you can watch the trailer here – do so at your own risk (I must be honest, I just don’t have the nerves!!):
Marvel comics never seem to lose their popularity, so fans are going to love this new release, and I’m positive that the hype surrounding the unique manner in which it’s being done will add to the already much-talked about addition to the brand.
Marvel’s Inhumans is the newest television series exploring the never-before-told epic journey of Black Bolt and the Royal Family. This is the very first time it’s been brought to life in this unique way: a version of the first two episodes, shot entirely with IMAX® cameras, premieres exclusively in IMAX® at Ster-Kinekor IMAX® theatres from 1 September before then premiering on M-Net channel 101 on 30 September where it will run for eight episodes.
Taking such a cinematic and immersive approach to a television series has never been done to this degree, with Marvel’s Inhumans director Roel Reinè using IMAX® cameras to take full advantage of the scale and scope of the IMAX canvas. In IMAX theatres, Marvel’s Inhumans will be presented in its entirety in an expanded IMAX 1.9:1 aspect ratio – offering moviegoers 26% more of the image than normal – for a truly immersive experience.
The IMAX release of Marvel’s Inhumans has been designed and customised to take full advantage of The IMAX Experience, with crystal-clear images, powerful digital audio and customized theatre geometry.
About Marvel’s Inhumans:
Marvel’s Inhumans is ABC’s third Marvel TV series, which follows Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter. The plot follows the Inhuman Royal Family’s escape to Hawaii after a military coup, where they are greeted with a surprisingly lush world and surprising interactions with the humanity around them. Now they must find a way to reunite with each other and return to their home before their way of life is destroyed forever.
The series stars:
Anson Mount as Black Bolt– The enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city
Serinda Swan as Medusa – Queen of the Inhumans (Black Bolt’s wife) — a fiercely resilient warrior who has the ability to move and control her hair the way most people use their hands and fingers.
Iwan Rheon as Maximus – the clever, charming Inhuman with a fierce devotion to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King. But he also has an intense desire to steal his brother’s crown for himself.
Ken Leung as Karnak – Cousin and close advisor to Black Bolt, with an ability to see the fault in all things – people, plans, structures, everything. He’s often seen as the royal family’s planner and philosopher.
Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon – Cousin of Black Bolt, member of the Royal family, and leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp makes him a force to be reckoned with. Gorgon would rather fight than talk to solve his problems.
Isabelle Cornish as Crystal – Medusa’s sister, Crystal, is the youngest member of the Royal family, with the ability to control the four elements of fire, earth, water and air. Impetuous and independent, but also deeply devoted to her family.
Mike Moh as Triton – Black Bolt’s cousin, he’s calm under pressure and supremely athletic, with a fish-like ability to live underwater.
Sonya Balmores as Auran – Head of the Royal Guards on Attilan, a capable and no-nonsense woman, who is fiercely loyal to the King of Attilan.
Ellen Woglom as Louise – A smart, intense, and focused woman. Her job at a private aerospace company is her life, second only to her passion for all things space and lunar.
Lockjaw as himself – Crystal’s 2,000 lb canine (yes, a dog!) companion with the ability to teleport. (I sometimes wish my dogs could do this – although I doubt Yorkies could manage it!)
Marvel’s Inhumans is executive produced by Scott Buck (“Dexter,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) with Buck serving as showrunner.
Roel Reinè (“The Delivery,” “Black Sails”) directed the first two episodes.
This series is a Marvel and IMAX project and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.
Watch the trailer of Inhumans here:
Enjoy the IMAX release of Marvel’s Inhumans only at Ster-Kinekor’s seven IMAX® theatres across the country, situated at Eastgate in Johannesburg, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, Mall of Africa in Midrand, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and CapeGate in Cape Town.
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This is one of those movies that audiences are going to love, and critics are going to slate!
Who are you going to listen to … the critics who are rating it at 2 to 3 stars out of 5 (or possibly less), or the audiences who sent it straight to the top of the box office charts in its opening weekend? Exactly!!
To give you some background, if you don’t already know it, this is what’s it’s all about:
The world’s top protection agent, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) inexplicably botched a high profile job and fell from grace. 2 years later, he’s asked by Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung), who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend, to guard the life of his sworn enemy, Darius Kinkaid (Samuel L. Jackson) one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The reluctant, but relentless bodyguard and happy-go-lucky assassin are thrown together for a roller-coaster 24 hours. They need to get from England to The Hague, but encounter every possible obstacle en route: high-speed car chases, bizarre boat escapades and the numerous (seemingly endless) henchmen of a cold-blooded Eastern European dictator (a chilling Gary Oldman) who is out for blood – he’s not really concerned whose!
Action fans will love it, and let’s face it, they aren’t going to care about low ratings. It has a stellar cast, lots of stuff gets blown up, the banter between the main protagonists is witty and sharp, and for the girls who’ve schlepped along to see Ryan Reynolds there’s even a bit of a warm and mushy love angle too! Generally it’s just loads of fun and makes for an enjoyable night out. If you’re looking for a movie where you don’t need to think, and where you can just sit back and watch it all unfold on the screen, then this is really perfect.
Thanks to Ster-Kinekor for treating us to a great preview night at Eastgate Prestige: complimentary bottles of Hunter’s Edge, amusing large, bouncer type men at the door (no really, a fabulous, cheeky touch), and hamper giveaways very cleverly executed. It really was a thoroughly enjoyable night out!
The Hitman’s Bodyguard gets 4 glittery stars from me!
This is what your Top 10 looks like at Cinema Nouveau this week!
Topping the list is newly released ‘My Cousin Rachel’ (starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin). Based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1950’s novel, it tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the spell of her beguiling charms (I like the sound of this one!). Taking #2 and #3 place is also newly released titles ‘Viceroy’s House’ and ‘Krotoa’ (which dropped from last week’s number 1 spot). The #4 and #5 places spots respectively are, ‘Paris Can Wait’ and ‘Below her Mouth’.