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  • Last week in trailers: Kingsman, Kimmy Schmidt and criminal Catholics

    The Catholic Church took a beating from the film industry last week, as two severely different films worked to criticise it as an institution. From a comedy on horny historical nuns to a documentary accusing a priest of sex crimes and murder, it just couldn't catch a break. But first, spies. Kingsman: The Golden Circle The trailer for the second instalment in the Kingsman franchise comes at you in a blur that's hard to follow even at 0.25 speed. There's a lot happening, but most important is the inclusion of Julianne Moore as a villain and Channing Tatum as a cowboy. Oh, and the promise...

  • Netflix’s Hot Girls Wanted ‘outs’ sex workers sans permission

    Netflix's latest documentary series on the porn industry, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, has been accused of using footage of cam girls without their knowledge or consent. Twitter user @_autumnkayy reportedly direct messaged the film's official Twitter account after noticing her cam girl footage in the show. She was hit back with a somewhat patronising response about fair use. @AspenFoxxx@hotgirlswanted Not even an apology for the possibility of outting us. pic.twitter.com/v5SBvHUxVN — △⃒⃘McGanjagall (@_autumnkayy) April 22, 2017 The series is a six-part anthology series from the creators of the 2015 documentary Hot Girls Wanted. It is being marketed as an insight into the taboo work of sex workers. "This unflinchingly...

  • Table 19 movie review: cute, but misses the emotional mark

    It's often hard to tell why a film doesn't make you feel the way you thought it would. Sometimes it's because the characters on screen feel like echoes of other fictional characters, and not like real human beings. Sometimes, in the midst of too much plot, a writer feels the need to throw in an ad-hoc attempt at emotional sincerity. And sometimes the pacing is off only ever so slightly, and you're never allowed to feel before being pulled to something else. In Table 19's case, the problem is all three. The premise is your standard "strangers thrust into an...

  • Last Week in Trailers: Star Wars Thors our icy hearts

    So apparently there were trailers other than Star Wars: The Last Jedi released this week. I'm as shocked as you are. Here they are in an easily-consumed listicle form. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Let's just get this one out the way. On Friday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi's official teaser was released and everyone lost their damn minds. Stocked with throwback soundbites (0:46, 0:51, 0:53, 0:59) and one-liners to make you grip your face in anticipation, the trailer promises a film as engrossing as its predecessor. Catch your favourites radically upending the Jediarchy on Christmas this year. Thor: Ragnarok Chris Hemsworth in gladiator gear and short hair? Count me the heck in. The...

  • South Africa’s box office: Boss Baby is boss, baby

    It turns out talking babies are not as universally creepy as I thought they were -- allowing Dreamworks' Boss Baby to debut at top of the box office this weekend. The film may have had a lucky break, though, considering its premiere right before the Easter weekend, when Disney's Beauty and the Beast (review) is set to take home all of the money. But how else did the other films fare this weekend? (7 to 9 April) The answer: pretty much the same as last week. Because of the upcoming holiday, and the fact that US summer looms ever closer, most films are holding out for release. This week only saw...

  • ShowMax secures streaming rights to The Young Pope

    It's Easter this weekend, and ShowMax's timing is seemingly impeccable. The streaming service has this week announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to The Young Pope, the HBO and Sky hit show that made quite a splash late last year. "In an African first, Showmax has secured the rights to the critically acclaimed joint HBO and Sky production The Young Pope starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton. The controversial series, which portrays the first American Pope as simultaneously hip, mysterious and ultra-conservative, was directed by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentinom," the company notes. The show's first season will hit the service on 13...

  • Beauty and the Beast movie review: even creepier in live action

    As if having to put up with the never-ending onslaught of superhero movies isn’t enough, Disney has just begun its 22-movie-long series of live action remakes. And in an age where big budget cinema is at a loss for original content, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is just another new release you can add to your list of already seen. The film is as entertaining as it is charming, but the story is one we all know -- and it struggles to hold up in live action. In case you’ve been hit by a sudden case of amnesia, here’s a...

  • Last week in trailers: Heath Ledger, Tupac and Anne of Green Gables

    If last week was all about the big-name blockbusters, this week is all about intimacy and gentle nostalgia. From documentaries and biopics of beloved pop culture icons, to adaptations of childhood classics, this week is in it to make you cry one single tear. So prep those heartstrings for some plucking, because you're about to feel some things. I Am Heath Ledger Heath Ledger was rarely seen without a camera in hand, and Spike's new documentary takes you into the icon's personal world as he saw it. In this melancholy trailer, actor Ben Mendelsohn, director Ang Lee, Ledger's sister Kate and others all talk about the man...

  • 5 big-name fantasy, sci-fi movies hitting screens in 2017

    There are few things as magnificent as being transported from our utterly mundane, twenty-first century lives to the enchanting landscapes of fictional adventures. Few genres can achieve this as effectively as science-fiction and fantasy. By the looks of it, we won’t be spending a lot of time in the real world this year. 2017 is filled with a fantastic roster of otherworldly adventures. Here’s a list of some of this year’s most notable fantasy and sci-fi movies coming this year. Alien: Covenant Release Date: 19 May Director: Ridley Scott As an avid fan of the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant is unquestionably the film I’m looking...

  • Marvel’s The Defenders’ clever trailer is a video marketing treasure hunt

    Netflix seems to be loving clue-riddled trailers, and no one is complaining. In the latest teaser for the upcoming Marvel's The Defenders series, viewers are allowed their first look at Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist together and working as a team. And this isn't all Netflix has gifted. In the teaser, the gang wait in an elevator before Jessica Jones realises a CCTV camera is watching them. She immediately destroys it. But hidden in the seemingly innocuous teaser are two clues to the new series. Marvel's The Defenders' first trailer is a smart bit of video marketing The first is a...

  • South Africa’s box office: Ghost in the Shell loses to Smurfs

    Ghost in the Shell was unable to overcome a backfiring promo campaign this weekend, and was beat out of the top spot by none other than Smurfs: The Lost Village. The live action anime reboot had a tough run-up to premiere, with many outraged over the casting of Scarlett Johansson in a role they believed belonged to a Japanese actress. Despite opening in Imax and 3D, and despite arresting visuals, the film couldn't redeem itself from public scorn, and came in second to the first fully animated Smurfs film since 1976. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (31 March to 2 April?) Kong: Skull Island (review) was finally ousted...

  • Last week in trailers: Spider-Man, IT and Game of Thrones

    Last week was a doozy for South African politics, and on the same level of importance, it was a doozy for trailers. Here are the most talked-about trailers of the last week. Fun fact: only one exists on a realistic Earth, and it's about how we're killing it. Let's go. Spider-Man: Homecoming Spider-Man is arguably the best Marvel superhero. He's fun to watch, he has girlfriends that are cooler than him, and his films aren't a grimdark depression fest that make your eyeballs cry for colour. So why on God's green earth is Tony Stark the leading man in this trailer? I may be biased due to...

  • First look at Black Lightning: The CW’s first black superhero

    Production is underway on the pilot of DC's latest collaboration with the CW: Black Lightning's very own TV show. Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) stars as Jefferson Pierce, the superhero who thought he had hung up his suit for good, only to be reluctantly pulled back into the world of fighting crime. He also happens to be the CW's first black superhero in a title role. Black Lightning's executive producer, Salim Akil, says that the character was the first superhero he remembers caring about his neighbourhood. "Comics were a great way for me to escape," he said in a press release. "I was about...

  • Power Rangers movie review: goofy, fun but flawed

    Power Rangers aims to reboot the franchise many of us grew to know and love. Much like its predecessor, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, the 2017 instalment is incredibly goofy, fun and laden with cheesy nostalgia. However, unlike the first film, Power Rangers sees the new team taking on Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) who, in this reboot, once formed part of the old Ranger team as the Green Ranger. Her lust for power leads her to betray her former team to summon a powerful entity made of gold dubbed, uh, Goldar (yeah, I kid you not). Directed by Dean Israelite, the new flick introduces audiences to...

  • South Africa’s box office: Power Rangers packs a weak punch

    Power Rangers was unable to take on the mighty Kong: Skull Island (review) this week, debuting at number two and allowing the reigning champ to keep its top spot for the third week in a row. Despite being abnormally strong, glowing teens, it seems the Power Rangers, like John Wick, are not members you want on your ultimate Superfight team. This giant gorilla just can't be beat. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (24 to 26 March) Keeping up with the Kandasamys is hanging tight to its third place spot for its fourth consecutive week -- an impressive achievement for a South African film. But while...