Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


BABY MAMAS
What it’s about
A comedy drama revolving around the daily lives and loves of four professional women in different stages of real-life baby mama drama. Toli, Chantel, Sandy and Joy work for an insurance company in Joburg. Chantel discovers she is pregnant and her world is turned upside down. She had been a good girl all along and now she has a lot to learn about herself as a soon-to-be mom, with a boyfriend who is not ready to be a father. Sandy is in love with her ex-boyfriend and father of her child. She had high hopes for their relationship but now has to deal with her ex moving on with someone else. Joy is in a tumultuous relationship with bad-boy Sizwe. They have a volatile, on-again-off-again relationship, filled with violent outbursts and constant allegations of infidelity.
What people say
The film promises to make you laugh, cry and show you a different side to modern-day baby mamas. – stageandscreen.co.za
A STAR IS BORN
What it’s about
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers, and falls in love with, struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
What people say
A total emotional knockout, but it’s also a movie that gets you to believe, at every step, in the complicated rapture of the story it’s telling. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Cooper goes fuzzy in the film’s second half, maybe not by choice. Face it, Lady Gaga is not going to make herself look foolish in a musical number, even if it serves the plot. – Sandy Schaefer, Screen Rant
HELL FEST
What it’s about
On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest – a ghoulish travelling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground.
What people say
Revelling in the kind of scares that were popular in the 1980s, this slasher fest is far from great, but the characters have an appealing realness, and it’s spirited and fun overall. –Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
This ridiculous, derivative and predictable carnival of crass carnage might more accurately have been dubbed Dumb Fest. – Adam R Holz, Plugged In

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