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Ster Kinekor brings you a Stephen King Double-Bill this September!

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 TowerThe 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwfqXTebIY

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 entireIt 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!!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0WCgAxDaX8&feature=youtu.be

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MARVEL’S INHUMANS IN-IMAX!

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sYF1SXcWqQ

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.

For booking information visit www.sterkinekor.com or the Ster-Kinekor app. Follow us on Twitter at @sterkinekor and on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor. To secure your tickets, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Ster-Kinekor Club and Discovery members receive discounts among other benefits.

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD – SCORES A HIT FOR ME!

The-Hitmans-Bodyguard-2017-movie-posterThis 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.

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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!

Cinema Nouveau Top 10 – Week Ending August 14 2017

This is what your Top 10 looks like at Cinema Nouveau this week!

My Cousin RachelTopping 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’.

1. My Cousin Rachel

2. Viceroy House

3. Krotoa

4. Paris Can Wait

5. Below her Mouth

6. Churchill

7. Gifted

8. This Beautiful Fantastic

9. Brimstone

10. Things to come

Ster-Kinekor Theatres Ogilvy Johannesburg

RED CHAMBER, Hyde Park – Still Awesome After All These Years

Red Chamber Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Red Chamber has almost legendary status as one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Johannesburg. From its early days, when it first opened in Rosebank in 1989, until it moved to Hyde Park Shopping Centre in 1997, and then moved to its current premises (remaining within the centre), Head Chef, Emma Chan has maintained her exceptional standard of quality, which keeps her patrons returning time and time again.

The service is impeccable, the menu vast, ensuring there’s something for every palate. The crispy Peking Duck is sublime! It’s served as a feast, fit for an army: the plate of duck, with separate plates of plum sauce, pancakes and finely cut cucumber and spring onion.

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We also had the crispy beef because it had been recommended to us by friends – an excellent recommendation, as it turned out! A tiny glitch in that we ordered a portion of steamed rice and a portion of noodles. A portion of fried rice arrived, which we happily started tucking into, but then the steamed rice also arrived. We reminded our waitress that we had ordered noodles and she returned the rice and brought the noodles. But then both bowls of rice AND the noodles appeared on our bill. However, when we pointed this out, it was rectified immediately with no problem at all.

4 glittery stars for The Red Chamber, if you’re looking for elegant, fine dining, Chinese style! You will be extremely well looked after.

 

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

HOP ON THE BUS TO FABULOUS!

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Divas Candida Mosomo, Londiwe Dhlomo & Tembeka Mnguni – Photo Credit: Lance Peterson

From the minute the curtain goes up and the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert launches into their enthusiastic, energetic opening number: It’s Raining Men – complete with 3 sparkly, shimmering Diva’s suspended above their heads – you know you’re in for a helluva ride! And that’s exactly what you get when you take your seat for this proudly South African production that takes you on the journey of a lifetime across the Australian outback.

In case you don’t know, this is the touching story of three drag queens who travel across Australia on a rather decrepit bus, which they fondly name Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. On their journey they discover the true meaning of friendship, love and unfortunately also meet up with the animosity that accompanies those who have no understanding of anyone or anything ‘different’. It’s a timeless tale of how strong bonds are formed, how hatred and derision continue to exist despite the advances that we think are being made, and how ultimately we all have the need to be accepted for who we are, regardless of our differences.

Daniel Buys is perfect in the role of Tick (Mitzi); delightfully up-beat, while seamlessly able to shift into a more restrained, reflective mood when his role requires it. And it’s certainly needed as he secretly has more than one reason to be schlepping around the

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David Dennis, Daniel Buys, Phillip Schnetler – Photo Credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

outback in a broken-down bus! He ropes in flighty Adam (Felicia) to join him on his mission, and Felicia has a goal of her very own. Apart from just wanting to have a good time, she’s always wanted to belt out a Kylie number on top of Ayers rock, because who doesn’t love the thought of ‘a cock in a frock on a rock’! Phillip Schnetler camps up the role with spot-on, screaming hilarity (and a touch of Jack from Will & Grace)! The trio is complete with dignified, slightly aging transsexual Bernadette who feels she’s possibly past her prime, but willing to go out with a bang (so to speak!). David Dennis plays the role with gracious grandeur, back-biting as wickedly as any self-respecting old queen would! And I just have to add here, out of these three, I just can’t decide who has the best pair of legs … they’re all to die for!!

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Tshepo Ncokoane – Photo credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

Mentions must go to the all too fabulous, stupendously over-the-top Miss-Understanding, Tshepo Ncokoane; Candice van Litsenborgh who hams it up as the most hilarious mullet ever, complete with humungous boobs bouncing all over the stage (almost); Chantal Herman as a cheeky mail-order bride who’s sick and tired of being overlooked; and last but most definitely not least, veteran actor, James Borthwick who plays the simple, but simply adorable, big-hearted mechanic, who might just have more to him than meets the eye.

Ultimately though, producers Hazel Feldman and Tony Feldman of Showtime Management have put together a cracker of a team who have have masterfully overseen all the minutiae of this show, ensuring that they collaborate perfectly to make it the glitter and glitz extravaganza that it is. Director Anton Luitingh keeps things crisp, smart and snappy and technical director Alistair Kilbee oversees the constant ebb and flow of the pizazz that abounds throughout. Resident choreographer, Duane Alexander ensures (I have no clue how) that the 28-strong cast gets every step in synch, in heels nogal!  Brian Schimmel, one of SA’s top music directors leads the 9-piece orchestra through numerous well-loved numbers (I Say a Little Prayer, Don’t Leave Me This Way, True Colours, I Will Survive … and many more) that will have audiences singing at the top of their lungs, not only during the show, but when they leave too!

And as for the costumes … the headdresses, the shoes … they’ll simply take your breath away! There’s so much colour, so much to look at … it’s a feast for the eyes and an extreme celebration of the imagination!

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Photo credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

Best of all though is the utter enjoyment that shines from the face of each and every cast member. This is a show that begs for an audience, and has audiences begging for more

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a must-see. It’s fabulous fun, thoroughly entertaining, and if you don’t walk out of that theatre with a huge smile on your face, then you lied and didn’t actually see the show!

It’s on at the Teatro, Montecasino until 18 June, 2017.

BOOKINGS: Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, or visit www.computicket.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

This musical contains some strong language and adult themes, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12

PRIMAFILA – A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW NOT TO RUN A RESTAURANT!

Primafila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

***AVOID*** AVOID *** AVOID *** AVOID *** AVOID ***

Sometimes there needs to be a zero rating, especially reserved for those experiences where even a rating of 1 seems too high!! I don’t think I’ve every written such a negative review, but our experience at this establishment was so awful, that I feel the need to warn fellow restaurant-goers about it! Even if the food is of fairly decent quality, it’s completely overlooked by the atrocious service and shocking handling of the situation by management. One can’t expect staff to be adequately trained when it’s clear that the manager himself has no management skills, and no understanding whatsoever of how to handle his clientele.

We arrived and were seated quickly, received our menu’s and offered drinks, which arrived fairly quickly too. We ordered our meals – my companion ordered gnocchi and asked if some cream could be added to her napolitana sauce (i.e. an aurora sauce). The waitress assured her this wouldn’t be a problem. Gnocchi with napolitana sauce is priced on the menu at R85 as opposed to gnocchi with bolognese or 4-cheese sauce, which is R99. Our meals arrived in due course and we enjoyed them. The waitress removed our plates, and then … we seemed to become invisible. Nobody approached our table for close to 20 minutes! We weren’t offered dessert, coffee … nothing … not even our bill. It’s at times like these that I’m tempted to test the theory of walking out without paying to see if anyone actually notices!

We decided to phone the restaurant and ask for the manager, and our bill. The person who answered the phone claimed that he was the manager, and my companion told him that we’d been ignored for quite some time and please could he bring us the bill. And then we waited some more!! Yes, really!! After some more time, we saw him walking around and we called him over, and my dining partner asked if he was the person who she’d spoken to earlier. I’m not sure he understood, but he said yes. So we asked him why we were still waiting for our bill. He proceeded to then go and chat to the cluster of wait-staff hanging around the restaurant door. We waited a few more minutes and eventually our waitress materialised with our bill and a card machine, and she stood next to our table waiting for payment! Yes, she rudely stood by our table waiting, after ignoring us for so long.

Our bill included an extra charge of R10 for cream. We asked the waitress what the extra charge was for and she informed us it was for the addition of cream into the napolitana sauce. She hadn’t told us there’d be an additional charge. We called the manager who told us that the waitress was supposed to tell us about this additional cost, and she’d told him that we had said it was fine. We told him that she had told us no such thing and insisted he remove the additional charge, which he did. A new bill then arrived without the additional R10, and the gnocchi was now charged at the incorrect price at R99!! We called the manager back. My companion was now, understandably, seething!!! She explained to him that what he’d done was actually illegal as although he’d removed the additional charge, he’d now increased the price of the dish she’d ordered on the bill. He didn’t seem to understand what she was trying to explain to him, and seemed quite flustered as he realised that this whole situation was completely beyond his control. He eventually returned with yet another bill and a R100 note and said that he’d decided to just charge us R100 for the whole meal! Seeing as I’d already paid cash and received change, and my companion had already paid her share on her card, we just wanted to get out of there after this whole prolonged nightmare. So we said that would be ok, and we took the R100 and left. But the manager still seemed rather confused as he still didn’t seem to know quite what had happened.

So … be warned!!! There are establishments out there that still manage to operate with a complete lack of quality or care for the customers they serve. How they stay in business is a mystery to me, and it’s not only the unsuspecting customers who suffer but also the foolish owners who leave their restaurants in the hands of useless managers and staff. Primafila is one such restaurant. It should be avoided at all costs!!

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