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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?


Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice

What it’s about
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives, and the wealthy, mostly white prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what is right.
What people say
Tackles serious issues of racism and police violence with unflinching honesty and a stunning lead performance by Amandla Stenberg. – Molly Freeman, Screen Rant
What it’s about
When Johan Niemand gets called up for military service at the age of 18 in 1986 SA, he auditions and is accepted to the SA Defence Force choir called the Canaries. Against a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, Johan and the Canaries have to survive military training and go on a nationwide tour, travelling from town to town, entertaining people while also fortifying the belief in the military effort and promoting the cause of both church and state. On tour, Johan falls in love with a choirmate and starts to question everything about himself and his world. He meets a myriad characters, some proud of the choir’s efforts and others who awaken him to the realities and truth of apartheid. As Johan starts questioning his religion, patriotism and sexuality, his emerging creativity and passion for music leads to direct conflict with his commanding officers.
What people say
It has a simply splendid storyline about love, identity, courage and why the ability to be free from prejudice is a true road to happiness. – moviemovesme.com
With a fine trio of screen newcomers at its centre, led by SA TV comedy star Schalk Bezuidenhout as a military recruit on a fitful road to self-acceptance, Olwagen’s third feature is a winning combination of thoughtfulness and exuberance that could translate into international theatrical play beyond its fest run. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
What it’s about
In the near future a military family is chosen to participate in a groundbreaking experiment to accelerate man’s genetic evolution in order to relocate humanity to another planet.
What people say
At first it seems like the film is going to make good on its sci-fi thriller premise before it devolves into a boring, silly monster movie. – Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles’ Movie Files
Raises some interesting questions about the world we live in. However, with no depth or spectacle, it fails to provide any answers. – James Luxford, Radio Times
What it’s about
It has been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield – but this time, she’s ready for him.
What people say
Scary and propulsive, it doesn’t just forge a direct link to Carpenter’s original, it pretends all the garbage in between never even existed. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Due in large part to Green and McBride, it is one of the best horror sequels of all time. – Joey Magidson, Hollywood News

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