Kong: Skull Island

Going bigger and bloodier, Kong: Skull Island

That moment when Samuel L Jackson is staring down a 100 feet tall gorilla, flames blazing around them as helicopter shells burn out and body parts are scattered all over the jungle. That’s the moment you realise sh*t just got real and Kong has returned facing a new enemy.

Kong: Skull Island is the latest reboot by director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), for the legendary MonsterVerse series. A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

Jeanne Lloyd

Jeanne hates to refer to herself in third person. Because before you know it, she gets lordly and demand you tell her fantastic stories fit for the delicate ears of kings and queens only.

Keeping up with the Kandasamys

Keeping up with the Kandasamys – Matriarchal rivalry at its best

The tale of two mothers conniving so that their children don’t further a romantic affair has been told many times. But place this same basic plot in the vibrant Indian suburb of Chatsworth in Durban, and you have a genuine story with character, flair and charisma. From the same producers that brought us Hard to Get (2014) and the very successful Happiness is a Four Letter Word (2016), comes the romantic comedy Keeping up with the Kandasamys.

Dee Theart

Dee is a Jack of many trades and perhaps a master of some: writing, MC’ing, presenting, acting and the occasional afternoon nap.

Logan

Logan: The man finally comes around

In an early car chase scene in Logan, the title character (also known as Wolverine) is trapped, so he speeds his car towards a wire fence. “Hang on!” he shouts to his passengers. But the car doesn’t make it through. “Of course it won’t,” you think. “Real fences aren’t as flimsy as they are in the movies.” Except you’re watching a movie. You’re watching a superhero movie, based on a comic book – and real-word physics apply?? Yip, it seems Logan isn’t your average comic book movie.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

LEGO Batman Movie

LEGO Batman works alone but you should bring your friends

The LEGO Batman Movie assured its success when it combined two of the great cultural landmarks we as humans have: LEGO and Batman. If you loved 2014’s The LEGO Movie you’ll definitely want to check this one out. Part sequel, part spin-off and certainly the most successful DC movie to grace the big screen in a while.

Jared Viljoen

Jared is a cantankerous designer looking for love in all the wrong places and living vicariously through television. Sometimes he makes things.

Let’s get dreaming with La La Land

I really like musicals. But I’m always wary of new ones. And despite Damien Chazelle’s previous film, Whiplash, being a favourite of mine and a terrific movie, I had my doubts when it was announced that La La Land, his next feature as writer-director, would be a musical. And when I watched the movie open with a musical number, my fears were in full swing…

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Split

Split’s big twist: M. Night Shyamalan is back

A lot of people are calling Split a kind of return-to-form for director M. Night Shyamalan. And it very much is. When he first appeared as the “new kid on the psychological thriller block” in 1999 with The Sixth Sense, M. Night seemed to have a successful formulaic approach to his films: Slow-burning, tense thrillers, with a big twist at the end that surprises audiences and encourages multiple viewings.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

A Monster Calls

Facing The Truth in Cinema: A Monster Calls

It’s the job of films to make us feel things. Even better if it’s not things we can usually or easily feel. Like the thrill of running from dinosaurs, or blowing up space stations, or falling in love, or beating the terrorists. Or in the case of A Monster Calls, the pain that often goes with love.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with a difference

Where The Force Awakens played it safe and acted as a familiar pseudo-rehash of the original Star Wars, this year’s Rogue One (the first of several planned spin-off Star Wars movies) is experimental in all the right ways. But does it have the magic that makes Star Wars special?

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Jonathan Die Movie

Wa vat hy, boys? Jonathan kry sy eie movie

Rikus de Beer, wat bekendheid verwerf het vir sy Jonathan karakter op Radio Raps en sy gevolglike YouTube kaskenades, maak sy grootskerm debuut as Jonathan.

Jonathan: Die Movie

Jonathan: Die Movie is Bosbok Ses Films se eerste poging binne die komedie genre, wat ’n verligting moet wees vir ’n produksiehuis wat teen nou redelik gatvol moet wees om flieks te maak wat dekades gelede afspeel (minder kostuums, jy weet). Rikus en John-Henry Opperman het die draaiboek geskryf saam met Sallas de Jager, wat ook die regisseur en vervaardiger van die film is.

Mique van der Merwe is a freelance human and full-time couch potato. She prides herself on finding new ways to segue aliens into casual conversation.