Ben-Hur returns in all its magnificent splendor and spectacle with Russian-born producer/director Timur Bekmambetov’s inspired re-imaging of this timeless tale. It tells the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also starring Rodrigo Santoro and Morgan Freeman. Age Restriction 13V. Running Time: 118 mins. Tickets R35 at Showroom Theatre. Read more
With the help of his best feline friend, a lovable Great Dane named Marmaduke (voice of Owen Wilson) helps his family (Lee Pace, Judy Greer) adjust to their new lives in Orange County, California. Although he is loving life and living large in The O.C., he is discovering that fitting in with his new pals at the dog park is not always easy. The film carries a PG age restriction. Running Time: 85 mins. Tickets are R25 at the door.
The Big Sick
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. The film carries an age restriction of 16DLPS. Running Time: 115mins. Tickets are R35 at the door
Nobody’s Died Laughing
A biographical feature documentary on the work of satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys that is inspiring. It tells the story of one man who rolled up his sleeves and got on with the job, rather than just griping about everything that is bad. It gives you a whole lot of information about Uys, rather than the characters he portrays, but delivers it in managable chunks. Fast-paced, featuring lots of jump-cuts and glossy images of many different cities, the documentary contains interviews with a star-studded list of people singing Uys’s praises, a who’s who list of recognisable faces explaining what Uys means to them. Interviewees like David Kramer give historical context by explaining how artists like himself and Uys navigated the Censor Board, while a contemporary artist like Jack Parow acknowledges how Uys paved the way for the Afrikaans rapper to be as outre as he wants to be. The filmmakers follow Uys around for a chronological year, but tell his life story geographically, moving around with him as he performs on stages, accepts awards, goes home to Darling and visits friends overseas. The documentary carries an age restriction of 7 – 9 PGL. Running Time: 93 mins Tickets are R35 at the door.
Victoria & Abdul
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of QueenVictoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. The film carries an age restriction of 13 LPV. Running Time: 110mins. Tickets R35 at the door.