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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
What it’s about
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
What people say
This beautifully acted, lovingly adapted drama about love, family, and (in)justice in America deserves a wide audience. –Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Much like his previous films as a director, Barry Jenkins’ Beale Street adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel is a richly layered and beautifully atmospheric work of cinematic poetry. – Sandy Schaefer, Screen Rant
3 DAYS TO GO
What it’s about
No matter how long it has been since you last saw your relatives, meeting up at family gatherings – especially funerals – can lead to drama and more drama. This typical, and often very emotional, scenario is the inspiration behind award-winning producer Bianca Isaac’s directorial debut, 3 Days To Go, which puts family relationships in the spotlight.
What people say
Tells the story of adult siblings who, after the sudden death of their father, are forced to return to their childhood home – with an assortment of partners, children and issues in tow. – channel24.co.za
A universal story about family and forgiveness and will appeal to audiences of all ages. – screenafrica.com
REPLICAS
What it’s about
William Foster is a brilliant neuroscientist who loses his wife, son and two daughters in a car accident. Utilising cutting-edge technology, William comes up with a daring and unprecedented plan to download their memories and clone their bodies. As the experiment begins to spiral out of control, Foster soon finds himself at odds with his dubious boss, a reluctant accomplice, a police task force and the physical laws of science.
What people say
This frustrating failure of a sci-fi thriller is so full of lapses in logic and is so consistently nonsensical that its many mistakes completely eclipse all attempts at story and character. – Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
It would be the stuff of future cult screenings if it wasn’t so boring and muddled. – Emily Yoshida, Vulture
MATWETWE (WIZARD)
What it’s about
A coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over the course of one action packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious and sometimes very serious escapade.
What people say
Not content with just dominating world music and getting involved in fashion, superstar Black Coffee is also out to conquer the movie world. – timeslive.co.za
The film fuses local oral storytelling traditions to the American indie ethos with shades of Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino both shining through. – screenanarchy.com
ON THE BASIS OF SEX
What it’s about
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.
What people say
This sympathetic cinematic portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg prods viewers to ponder important questions about equality. – Paul Asay, Plugged In
More compelling as a history lesson than a film, but makes for a relevant dramatisation of Ginsburg’s experiences all the same. – Sandy Schaefer, Screen Rant

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