FILMS TO THRILL, TITILLATE & TICKLE
JERSEY BOYS One of the most successful stage musicals of recent times has made the the transition to the big screen. Using the original (US) stage cast was a smart move by director Clint Eastwood, who retains the show’s vibrant energy and a rocking line-up of great songs. Made famous by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, you’ll recognise so many, from ‘December 1963 (Oh What a Night)’ to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. Pure fun. BETWEEN FRIENDS Zuko Nodada’s direction earned this local comedy-drama a Pan African Film Festival nomination this year. Five friends decide to reunite in the isolated setting of a game lodge, seven years after leaving college. Rivalries and jealousies become rife when past secrets, including an illicit affair, surface. With Thapelo Mokoena, Amanda DuPont, Siyabonga Radebe, Lihle Dhlomo, Morne Du Toit and Mandisa Nduna. THE GIVER Based on the novel of the same name, this sci-fi drama reflects on the battle between human nature and idealism. Racism, crime, illness and conflict are not concerns in the ‘perfect world’ in which Jonas lives, but when he turns 16 he learns all that has been lost for the sake of stable conformity. VENUS IN FUR The ever-controversial Roman Polanski directs this comedic drama in which playwright Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) meets actress Vanda (Emmanuele Seigner) when she auditions for his next production. His feeling towards her shifts from vague annoyance to a palpable, consuming obsession.