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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


A SIMPLE FAVOR
What it’s about
Directed by Paul Feig, the film centres around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town.
What people say
 A domestic comedy with neo-noir ambitions. Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick pump oxygen into their caricatures, but the drawn-out payoff doesn’t deliver. – Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes
The film makers have hit on a new genre – the Cute Noir – and they’ve done it with style, humor, and a spicy sprinkling of nerve. – Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
NIGHT SCHOOL
What it’s about
Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.
What people say
Assures Tiffany Haddish’s liftoff into comedic stardom, continues to sell Kevin Hart’s trademark persona and makes an outspoken case for supporting and encouraging individuals to accept their challenges and to work on moving forward. – Carlos Aguilar, TheWrap
It’s really too bad the big set pieces don’t work, because the rest of the film is just a tired mess of grimacing reaction shots, all of which are smelted together by a David Newman’s wall-to-wall Cheez Whiz score. – David Ehrlich, IndieWire
THE RECCE
What it’s about
Local film in which Henk Viljoen is wrongfully declared killed in action behind enemy lines. Abandoned by his superiors, it is a race for survival in which his mental and physical abilities are pushed to their limits as he navigates his way through the treacherous Angolan war zone in an effort to make his way home to his loved ones.
 TABLE MANNERS
What it’s about
A local film about housewife Megan’s idyllic life which is thrown into turmoil when her husband, Lloyd, faces a heavy prison sentence for tax evasion. Megan, caught completely unawares, is sent into a tailspin as she not only loses her husband, her home and her comfortable suburban life, but also finds herself implicated in the tax fraud and facing jail time. Down on her luck and with nothing to her name, Megan has to rediscover who she really is. With the help of her son and her best friend, Lindiwe, she finds solace and hope in her lifelong love and affinity for cooking. She learns that the path back home begins with realising that she is enough and all she needs is her family, food and love.

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