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The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice

What it’s about
Roy is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky, a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to outrun the demons from his and Rocky’s pasts.
What people say
Tough, uncompromising, and hauntingly believable, just a little too slow and a lot too serious for today’s typical action audiences. – Peter Debruge, Variety
The pitch-black and paper-thin Galveston not only fails to find a way to reinvent, or at least refresh, that old tired idea, it also piles a few more tired ideas on top of it. – Bilge Ebiri, Vulture
What it’s about
Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into adult superhero Shazam simply by shouting out one word. His newfound powers soon get put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr Thaddeus Sivana.
What people say
The film packs so much heart and fun with a superhero that truly feels like no other. – Min-sik Yoon, Korea Herald
This heartfelt origin story is more than the sum of its immense charm and Spielbergian attention to detail. – David Ehrlich, indieWire
What it’s about
Zinhle Malinga (Thabethe) is a hard-working modern woman with strong traditional values who has been burnt by love. Luckily she has her two best girlfriends, Baphindile (Nomalanga Shozi) and Affiya (Nyokabi Angela Gethaiga), to cheer her up.
What people say
The story is relatable to a lot of young people navigating their way through the maze that is finding love and marriage. – iol.co.za
It’s a must-see, a typical romcom with a happy ending. – city-press.news24.com
What it’s about
Christian Olwageb (Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie, Kanarie) adapts Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull and places it in SA in the 1990s, almost 100 years after it was written. Performed in Afrikaans, with English subtitles, the characters are easily recognised, yet appear as if they were written for this new setting. Each of Chekhov’s skillfully drawn characters grapple with inner fears, longings, doubts, regrets, recriminations and miseries. All of them, of course, of their own making. Stars the vain and self-absorbed theatre diva Irene (Sandra Prinsloo); her ailing and ageing brother Piet (Marius Weyers); the self-doubting, insecure, lovelorn playwright and neglected son Konstant (Albert Pretorius); the naive ingenue, Nina (Rolanda Marais); the gloomy alcoholic, dope smoking Masha (Cintaine Schutte); the cheerful philosopher and witness to the drama Dr Eugene (Gerben Kamper); the brash farm manager Elias (Deon Lotz); his long suffering wife Paulina (Martelize Kolver); the puppy dog, poverty-stricken teacher Simon (Geon Nel); and the famous writer Boors (Alyzzander Fourie). What people say
Mother Russia and “die taal” sit down together for koeksisters and vodka. – iol.co.za Speaks equally hard through its actions and subtle gestures as it does via the animated nature of its characters. – Steyn du Toit

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