Long wait is finally over

2013-11-22 00:00

ANANT Singh’s Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, opens officially on November 28, but those keen to see the film before then should take advantage of this weekend’s special preview screenings.

Tomorrow at 2 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm, and on Sunday at 2 pm and 5 pm, cinemas around the province will be showing the film based on Mandela’s autobiography.

It follows his life from his childhood in the Eastern Cape to his adult years as a lawyer in Johannesburg, his political life in the ANC, his incarceration on Robben Island and his election as South Africa’s first black president.

The film stars British actor Idris Elba as Mandela, with Naomie Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Terry Pheto as the former president’s first wife, Evelyn Mase, Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu and Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada.

Also new to local cinemas is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in which Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen, who has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.

But winning also means that they have to leave their family and close friends to do a victor’s tour. Along the way, Katniss senses that rebellion is simmering.

Meanwhile, President Snow is preparing for the 75th Annual Hunger Games — a competition that could change Panem forever.

Freddie Highmore stars in the animated film Justin and the Knights of Valour, which tells the story of Justin, who dreams of being a knight like his grandfather was, but his father (Alfred Molina) wants his son to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer.

Justin refuses to listen and embarks on a quest to prove his valour. Along the way, he meets the beautiful Talia (Saoirse Ronan), a quirky wizard called Melquiades (David Walliams) and the handsome Sir Clorex (Antonio Banderas).

And when banished former knight Sir Heraclio (Mark Strong) and his army, led by Sota (Rupert Everett), return and threaten to destroy the kingdom, Justin gets his chance to be a hero.

Opening in Durban this weekend is the film Imogene, starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon.

It tells the story of a promising young New York playwright whose promise fizzles due to a crisis of confidence. In denial about being dumped by her boyfriend, Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage a fake suicide as an appeal for his sympathy. When her attempt backfires, she’s put into the custody of Zelda, her estranged gambling-addict mother, and must return home.

At Cinema Nouveau Gateway is Enough Said, a romantic comedy about divorced single parent Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college.

Then she meets Albert (James Gandolfini), a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), a new massage client who turns out to be Albert’s ex.

British director Tony Kaye (American History X) returns to the big screen with Detachment, a hard-hitting drama about substitute teacher Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody), who, worn down by life, has emotionally closed himself off from any meaningful commitments. He goes from school to school on temporary assignments, never staying long enough to form an attachment to the pupils or teachers.

Then he’s sent to a school where two troubled children break through his wall of ennui — Meredith (Betty Kaye), an overweight pupil who is a target for bullies, and Erica (Sami Gayle), a 15-year-old who has sex for money.

Bollywood fans can enjoy the new release, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, which tells the story of Sriram Venkat, the most shallow guy on Earth who doesn’t value much.

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