SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ Thriller
Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.
Director: Wayne Blair Cast: Salma Hayek, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Adrien Brody, Alon Abutbul, Anthony Azizi, Gabriella Wright, Ariana Molkara, Bashar Rahal
BAD MOMS Comedy
Amy (Mila Kunis) has a great husband, overachieving children, beautiful home and successful career. Unfortunately, she’s also overworked, exhausted and ready to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other stressed-out mothers (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) to get away from daily life and conventional responsibilities. As the gals go wild with their newfound freedom, they set themselves up for the ultimate showdown with PTA queen bee Gwendolyn and her clique of seemingly perfect moms.
Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Cast: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo, Wendell Pierce, Lilly Singh, Jay Hernandez
Raped. Disemboweled. Nearly decapitated. Dumped on the outskirts of a nature reserve, dead – or so they thought. She needed a hero that night, so that’s what she became. This is Alison’s tale. A tale of monsters, miracles and hope.
Director: Uga Carlini Cast: Christia Visser, Alison Botha, Zak Hendrikz, De Klerk Oelofse
MISS SAIGON: 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the legendary musical with Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed staging in this filmed production of the musical performed live at the Prince Edward Theatre in Londons West-End. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
Director: Brett Sullivan Cast: Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Epic finale with appearances from the original cast, including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.
SY KLINK SOOS LENTE Comedy, Romance
The film is less rom-com and more character sketch. While structured around a cliched rom-com idea – boy meets girl and lies about himself to impress her, but then has to follow through – the surprise is that the main character’s story arc is believable, while the lack of chemistry makes the putative relationship less so.
Director: Corne van Rooyen Cast: Stiaan Smith, Amalia Uys, James Cunningham, Bouwer Bosch, Wilson Dunster
NOEM MY SKOLLIE Crime, Drama
When young Abraham gets arrested for a petty crime he raises his status in prison by captivating the hardened gangsters with his story telling. He becomes the “prison cinema” whilst his childhood friend becomes the concubine of a gang boss. On their release from jail ‘AB’ finds romance with his childhood sweetheart and starts a new path in life as a writer but his friends rope him into a murder for which they all face the hang-man’s noose. Set in Cape Town in the 1960s, the film is based on the life story of the scriptwriter John W. Fredericks.
Director: Daryne Joshua Cast: Sandi Schultz, Dann Jaques Mouton, Austin Rose
PETE’S DRAGON (2016) Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true.
Director: David Lowery Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley
HEIDI Adventure, Family
Orphan Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her reclusive grandfather, Almöhl, living in a simple wooden hut in the Swiss Alps. She and her friend Peter tend to the goats and enjoy the freedom of mountain life to its fullest. That is, until Aunt Dete takes Heidi to Frankfurt to be a companion to wheelchair-bound Klara under the strict eye of nanny Miss Meier. Will Heidi get back to the place she longs for?
Director: Alain Gsponer Cast: Anuk Steffen, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Ottmann, Quirin Agrippi, Katharina Schüttler, Hannelore Hoger, Maxim Mehmet, Peter Lohmeyer
CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The cases of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again. The season opens as the BAU profiles a serial killer who paints distinctive marks on his victims’ faces, unaware that the unsub is part of a larger network of highly-skilled hitmen. Hotch interviews several promising candidates to fill Kate’s position, among them a forensic psychologist dedicated to studying psychopaths up close.
Creator: Jeff Davis Cast: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook