Heads up! SA movie release dates for the next 3 months

It’s a new week and Nu Metro has just revealed its updated release schedule for the next 3 months.

Two of the flicks I’m most excited to watch, Haywire and Shame still have yet to be assigned release dates unfortunately – although Ster Kinekor says the latter is out on 2 March – but these are the others we can catch on the big screen soon. Please just bear in mind that release dates are always subject to change:

10 February:

IRON LADY: Meryl Streep does Margaret Thatcher! And racks up the award nominations for playing England’s divisive first, and only, female prime minister.

HUGO (3D): In a dramatic change of pace, director Martin Scorsese tries his hand at family fantasy, with Oscar-nominated results.

SAFE HOUSE: Watch Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds bring the carnage to Cape Town in this espionage thriller.

STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE (3D): Relive the fantasy sci-fi prequel that introduced the world to Jar Jar Binks. Now in 3D.

17 February:

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Michelle Williams plays blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe in this Oscar nominated biopic.

MATERIAL: A local comedy about a young Muslim man (Riaad Moosa) who wishes to defy family tradition and become a stand-up comedian.

SEMI-SOET: An Afrikaans romantic comedy in which a desperate ad agency owner hires a gorgeous male model to masquerade as a her husband, in order to secure a “family values” account.

CHRONICLE: This fantasy thriller, in the found footage style, examines what would happen if teens developed super powers in reality.

24 February:

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (3D): Nicolas Cage is back as Marvel’s demonic biker, this time travelling around Eastern Europe for the directors of Crank.

THIS MEANS WAR: Romcom meets spy thriller when government agents Chris Pine and Tom Hardy compete for the affections of Reese Witherspoon.

ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN: Brazilian actioner about Rio’s Military Police and their embroilment in bloody political conflict.

WAR HORSE: Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed, Academy Award nominated drama about the adventures of a horse in Europe during WWI.


2 March:

THE DEVIL INSIDE: A horror film in the found footage style, centering on the topic of exorcisms.

SHAME: Michael Fassbender plays a successful 30-something New Yorker with a sex addiction in this hard to watch drama.

THE SITTER: Jonah Hill stars in this comedy about an awful babysitter who drags his charges through night time New York. From the director of Pineapple Express.

RAMPART: Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt cop and former war veteran who lands in trouble for his vigilante justice.

EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE: Oscar nominated drama starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock about a young boy touching lives in the aftermath of 9/11.

9 March:

PROJECT X: Think of this comedy – about high school seniors throwing an epic party – as this year’s Superbad.

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: The long-awaited film version of John le Carré’s bestselling espionage novel. With a fantastic British cast.

TAKE SHELTER: Michael Shannon stars in this indie drama about a man who tries to protect his family after he has apocalyptic visions.

JOHN CARTER (3D): Taylor Kitsch is a Civil War veteran transported to a barbaric Mars in this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s pulpy stories.

16 March:

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (3D): Sequel to family adventure Journey to the Centre of the Earth. This time with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

GONE: Thriller with Amanda Seyfried out to catch the serial killer who has kidnapped her sister.

THE BIG YEAR: Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson star in this comedy about 3 men who escape their life crises by attempting to become the world’s greatest birders.

CONTRABAND: Mark Wahlberg is an ex-smuggler who has to return to his old ways when his family is threatened.

MELANCHOLIA: The latest from director Lars von Trier. Depressive Kirsten Dunst copes pretty well with the impending end of the world.

23 March:

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL: Veteran British stars like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy play retirees enticed to live in a “restored” Indian hotel. Comedy drama.

CARNAGE: The latest from Roman Polanski. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly are parents who meet to discuss their children’s playground fight.

THE VOW: Romantic drama based on a true story. Channing Tatum tries to romance amnesiac wife Rachel McAdams.

OUR IDIOT BROTHER: In this comedy Paul Rudd is the hippie black sheep brother to sisters Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.

30 March:

MARGARET: In this drama Anna Paquin is a teenager emotionally torn apart by the belief that she caused a deadly traffic accident.

THE LORAX (3D): An animated adaptation of the Dr Seuss story, which features a grumpy, orange environmental guardian.

GOOD DEEDS: Tyler Perry produces, directs, writes and stars in this tale of a successful businessman who decides to do what’s right instead of what’s expected.

WRATH OF THE TITANS (3D): Sam Worthington is back as mythological beastie-basher Perseus. Once again he’s caught up in the war between the Greek gods.

5/6 April (Easter Weekend):

AMERICAN PIE: REUNION: The original gang is all back for the Class of 99’s 10 year high school reunion. Expect more saucy, gross-out humour.

THE ARTIST: A multi-award winning romantic drama – and 2012 Oscar forerunner – that serves as a tribute to Hollywood’s Silent Era.

OTELO BURNING: South African drama about township teens who find escape from their situation through surfing.

BENDING THE RULES: A WWE drama that sees Jamie Kennedy’s DA facing off against Adam “Edge” Copeland’s rogue cop.

TITANIC 3D: 15 years later it’s time to relive Jack and Rose’s star-struck romance aboard the RMS Titanic… this time in 3D.

13 April:

IN THE LAND OF BLOOD & HONEY: Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut – a romantic drama against the backdrop of the Bosnian War.

JOYFUL NOISE: Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton play strong-willed Southern women warring over the position of choir mistress at their church.

LIKE CRAZY: Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones play a young couple separated by visa issues in this romantic drama.

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (3D): The latest stop-motion animated comedy from the Wallace and Gromit team.

PUNCTURE: Based on a true story, Chris Evans plays a drug addicted lawyer who tackles the health care and pharmaceutical industries.

YOUNG ADULT: Charlize Theron is a nasty bitch who return to her home town with the intention of seducing her now-married high school boyfriend. Quirky comedy drama from the makers of Juno.

THE HUNGER GAMES: Movie adaptation of the smash hit novel. An action sci-fi tale set in a dystopian America where teens fight to the death as TV entertainment and intimidation for the masses.

20 April:

THE CUP: True life horse racing drama from Australia about triumph over adversity at the 2002 Melbourne Cup.

ONE LIFE: A BBC feature length nature documentary about how all of Earth’s inhabitants are interconnected.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN: Gentle comedy drama from Chocolat’s Lasse Hallstrom. Ewan McGregor is a scientist tasked with introducing salmon into Yemen’s wadis. Emily Blunt and Kristen Scott Thomas watch on.

THE GREY: Liam Neeson survives a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, only to face a pack of hungry wolves. Action thriller.

27 April:

A MILLION COLOURS: A local romantic adventure based on a true story. A young black movie star is separated from his love by Apartheid policies.

MOVIE 43: An all-star comedy consisting of short segments, including a skit about superhero dysfunction.

ALBERT NOBBS: Academy Award nominated drama with Glenn Close masquerading for 30 years as a man in 19th Century Scotland.

THE AVENGERS (3D): All those Marvel superhero films have been building to this point: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk… and maybe even Spider-Man… in one epic battle to save the world.

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  • http://twitter.com/JChess1 Justin Hess

    WTF? The Grey only hits here in April?! Jeez

  • http://twitter.com/PenyadaSkywalk mitchell taljaard

    i am sure hunger games s based off a jap film ,battle royal ???

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kervyn-Cloete/610830836 Kervyn Cloete

      No, it’s based off Suzanne Collins’ YA novel series. In the past, Collins has denied that BR was her influence, instead citing that she got the initial idea while watching TV and channel hopping between news footage of the war in Iraq and reality TV shows. She claims she had never even heard of the Japanese movie (or the book it was based on) until her first book was out and people started the comparison.
       However, you have to admit that the similarities are far too striking to be complete coincidence.

      • http://twitter.com/blahsum James Francis

        J.K. Rowling also says she never heard of The Books Of Magic before writing Harry Potter. Who knows if it is true or not? But if someone is smart, they’ll relaunch B.R. copies and piggy-back off Hunger Games.

      • http://twitter.com/PenyadaSkywalk mitchell taljaard

        thanks for the insight . have u seen itchi and old dog ?