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
Deep End is a coming of age story about a young Indian woman living in Durban where sticking to culture and tradition comes crashing up against wanting to be a part of the bigger world. Sunitha Patel has lived her daddy’s dream all her life and now wants to find her own way in the world, even if it means making waves in her society. Through her desire to become a surfer, she gets into conflict with her father who has different visions for her future. But by finding herself on her surfboard, she finds love and herself.
What people say
A warm, exciting, family movie that will resonate across the board with audiences. – screenafrica.com
Takes a look at tradition and breaking with tradition in a delicate, humorous way and with a superb cast. – Uveka Rangappa, facebook.com
What it’s about
Tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.
What people say
Sufficiently diverting to engage kids for about 85 minutes, it can function as an appetizer to an upcoming slate of high-profile Disney titles. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews
It’s basic, but not condescending. – Oktay Ege Kozak, Paste Magazine
What it’s about
Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once in a lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training programme, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.
What people say
Jack Lowden elevated the film beyond an average British heartwarmer. – Terri White, Empire
What’s surprising is how well all of this suplex-to-nuts biopic works. – David Fear, Rolling Stone
What it’s about
The Free State region is an isolated stronghold for the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love.
What people say
A slow-burning and increasingly suffocating variation on the myth of Cain and Abel, it’s an impressive feature debut from Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos. – Boyd van Hoeij

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