IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DStv
DStv and its Movie Squad recently announced the arrival of the Add Movies product, which allows customers of certain packages to access M-Net’s top three movie channels for an additional fee.
The service opens up three of DStv’s movie channels to more subscribers.
To help viewers choose what to watch, celebrities Terry Pheto, Warren Masemola, Nomzamo Mbatha and Thapelo Mokoena – dubbed DStv’s Movie Squad – have picked their favourite blockbusters from the Add Movies line-up for this month.
Masemola said: “I love a huge screen, so any time I’m watching movies, it needs to be on the biggest screen possible.”
Which is how he’ll be watching his picks, John Cena’s Playing with Fire and Bulletproof 2: Rematch, whose cast includes our very own Pearl Thusi.
No stranger to the big screen herself, Pheto has picked the comedy The Hustle, starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.
She says she also loves romcoms and musicals: “I can sing along and laugh out loud. I also love love, and feel like it’s the one thing that connects us all. You’ll also find me trying to recreate a cinematic experience while watching Creed II. I’ll have a giant bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine while watching it,” says Pheto.
Fashionista Mbatha chose M-Net Movies 1’s Little and Instant Family as her favourites.
“I watch with lots of popcorn with a variety of spices. Yum! Paired with some red wine,” she said.
Little tells the story of Jordan Sanders, played by award-winner Regina Hall, a successful entrepreneur who treats her employees badly.
One morning she wakes up to discover she has transformed into her 13-year-old self – and gets a chance to do better.
M-Net Movies 2’s Glass is significant for Mokoena because of one of the film’s stars: “I watched this movie on my way to New York and actually met Bruce Willis when I got there. He was living next door and went to the same bar almost every day and he bought bar cakes. It’s one of my greatest memories.”
Other films making it on to the first line-up include blockbusters out of the world’s biggest studios, as well as top local productions and festival circuit favourites.
Among them is Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin, with Will Smith donning the genie’s signature blue, as well as Pixar’s fourth instalment in the evergreen Toy Story franchise.
For the adrenaline junkies, Sylvester Stallone reprises his two most unforgettable characters – John Rambo and Rocky Balboa – the first in Rambo: Last Blood and the second in Creed, as the trainer of Michael B Jordan’s Adonis Johnson.
Stallone was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Creed in 2016.
DC fans can watch Atlantis’ superhero Aquaman save the world, and creature feature lovers can tuck into Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Those who love their local movie nights are well catered for.
There are great dramas such as the latest remake of Dalene Matthee’s classic Fiela se Kind and award-winner Krotoa, which tells the true story of a Khoi girl who was taken at the age of 11 to be one of Jan van Riebeeck’s servants.
Her rise in Dutch society is another local gem, along with Shirley Adams, Oliver Hermanus’ award-winning film about the intersection of violence and poverty, with Denise Newman in the title role.
TERRY PHETO recommends The Hustle and Creed II
NOMZAMO MBATHA recommends Little and Instant Family
THAPELO MOKOENA recommends Glass
Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment and connected video at MultiChoice said: “There is something so enduringly magical about movies and our customers clearly agree! We’ve listened to their requests for more movies on non-premium packages. We’re delighted that the go-live day has arrived so that we can deliver what they want.”
Add Movies is available for existing and new subscribers in South Africa for an extra R99 a month. Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers can access M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2 and fliekNET for a fraction of the price of upgrading their packages.
. For more information, visit dstv.co.za
1. Toy Story 4
3. Playing with Fire
5. The Wedding Year
6. The Hustle
8. Instant Family
9. Monster Family
10. The Addams Family
1. Creed II
2. Terminator: Dark Fate
3. Rambo: Last Blood
5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
6. Escape Plan: The Extractors
9. Bulletproof 2: Rematch
10. The Rhythm Section
fliekNET channel 149
1. Fiela se Kind
4. Twee Grade van Moord
5. Dominee Tienie
6. Dis ek, Anna
7. Vir Altyd
9. Shirley Adams
10. Verskietende Ster