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#OnTheBigScreen: Stuber, Child's Play and Super 30

Films opening in South African cinemas, this week, include Stuber, Child's Play, Super 30 and Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt.


In this action-packed comedy-bromance, Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) is a chatty, mild-mannered, risk-averse Millennial who works in a sporting goods store while moonlighting as an Uber driver who will do anything to save his five-star driver’s rating. Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) is a middle-aged, old-school, alpha detective, who receives a tip on the whereabouts of the drug dealer who murdered his partner and calls for an Uber. Can these two very different men share a Nissan Leaf while hunting drug dealers across Los Angeles?

Directed by Michael Dowse from a screenplay by Tripper Clancy. 

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Child’s Play

A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother, who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll – unaware of its more sinister nature.

“There’ a lot about the film that’s going to scare the audiences,” says producer Seth Grahame-Smith. “The scary moments, the psychopathic killer doll and also the plausibility of it. When they get home they will realise that a lot of this technology is already in their homes and in their lives and what if it turned against them and decided to go on a killing spree, that’s the fun of it and the relevance of it. One thing that wasn’t true in 1988 but is true in 2019 is that the Chucky we have today can actually kill you.”

Directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith.

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Super 30

Anand Kumar – a Mathematics genius from a modest family in Bihar who is made to believe that only a King’s son can become a king – is on a mission to prove that even the poor man can create some of the world’s most genius minds. He starts a training program named ‘Super 30’ to help 30 IIT aspirants crack the entrance test and make them highly successful professionals.

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and his educational program Super 30.

Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt

Back by popular demand, Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt will screen again to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Baroque painter’s death. It will explore the major show of the Dutch artist’s work hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.  Rembrandt’s life story is interwoven throughout, alongside behind-the-scenes preparations at both world-famous institutions.

For many, Rembrandt is regarded as the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film explores the truth about the man behind the legend. This audience favourite is not to be missed. The sixth season of Exhibition on Screen brings to life the glorious exhibitions of the works of some of the greatest artists that ever lived.  The films also offer deep insight, and exclusive behind-the-screens footage of exhibitions, while weaving lesser-known life stories of legendary artists.

Showing at Rosebank Nouveau in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria and Ster-Kinekor Gateway Nouveau in Durban. To be screened at Rosebank Nouveau in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria and Ster-Kinekor Gateway Nouveau in Durban.

Read more about the latest and upcoming film releases: www.writingstudio.co.za
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About Daniel Dercksen

As a freelance film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen has been a contributor for Lifestyle since 2012. Visit www.writingstudio.co.za