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Hot New Trailers - May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road
May 2015

If Mad Max: Fury Road is going to be the success we hope it will be, the auteurs that put together the trailers for the new movie must receive a bonus. The final trailer has been released, this one showcasing Charlize"Lefty" Theron delivering a truckload of petrol to some kind gentlemen on motorbikes. Fury Road is directed by George Miller who handled the original Mad Max movies, subsequently also being responsible for action classics such as Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in City.

Best bit: Everything from where the song kicks in at 1:01.

Attack on Titan
August 2015 (Japan)

Attack on Titan will be all too familiar with anime fans, as the manga turned animated series has garnered an almost cult like following over the past two years. We were first teased glimpses for the live action movie version a couple of months ago, and now it seems like its official unveiling in its native Japan is drawing closer. We're not too sure how close to the original manga this movie will be, but we're hoping to see the main protagonist Eren Jaeger even the odds.

Best bit: 0:35 as the colossal Titan makes his first appearance.

Ted 2 (NSFW)
June in the States

From the filthy but oh-so funny mind of Seth MacFarlane comes Ted 2. If you haven't had your fill of the cute and loveable teddy bear from the first movie, Ted 2 should prove to be the perfect day out for you and the kids, telling the story of Ted struggling valiantly for his right to personhood. Actually, lock the kids up, even for the trailer, since it's highly NSFW. Watch out for Morgan Freeman starring, while Liam Neeson also makes an appearance in the flick.

Best bit: Ted accusing a young lawyer of singing Frozen songs at 2:00.

The Visit
September 2015 (United Kingdom)

What ever happened to M. Night Shyamalan? Nope, not hiding after the horrible The Last Airbender, but working hard on new horror The Visit. The film essentially follows two young kids on a stayover at their grandparents. Everything's hunky dory till 9:30 pm when the kids are told to stay in their room, soon realising that granny isn't well. Will The Visit mark a return to form for embattled Shyamalan, doing what he does best by scaring us to bits? Check the trailer to see if that's to be the case.

Best bit: 0:51 as the first night's sleep gets interrupted.

Black Mass
September in the States

Sometimes, giving away an old family secret recipe can land you in a heap of trouble. This is the narrative behind the trailer for Black Mass, a new crime thriller based on the life of infamous violent crime boss Whitey Bulger. Bulger is played by Johnny Depp, which seems to have dropped his madcap-deranged-crazy-person act for a deranged-crazy-criminal one. We also get one shot of Barbecue Cabbagepatch as his brother, state senator Billy Bulger. Depp actually looks on song, so Black Mass might just be worth it.

Best bit: 0:45 when the conversation turns ugly.

June 2015 (Australia)

If you don't know it already, the trailer for Strangerland proves that the Australian Outback is a pretty rough place. The movie sees Nicole Kidman return to her native Australia as a mother (Catherine Parker) whose two children disappear. Jokes about dingos aside, the event dredges up a dark past, that Parker has tried to keep hidden from the quiet rural town she lives in. Roping in the talents of fellow Aussie actor Hugo Weaving,Strangerland shows what happens when good parenting goes amiss.

Best bit: 0:47 when Kidman receives a worrying phone call.  

The Overnight
June 2015

Meeting new friends can be difficult in a new city, so when happy couple Alex and Emily meet Kurt and Charlotte, they are all but happy to accept a play date for their kid. Turns out, the raunchy Kurt and Charlotte also want to play. With the awesome Jason Schwartzman (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) starring, The Overnight should be a safe bet if you're into off-kilter comedies.

Best bit: 1:19 when Charlotte's acting abilities get displayed.

This article first appeared at Techsmart.co.za.

Strap in. 'Fast & Furious 7' is coming in April!

It's no joke, Fast & Furious 7 opens at Ster-Kinekor Theatres nationwide on 1 April and you'd be foolish not to make a night of it by watching it in style at Cine Prestige. The exclusive cinemas are spacious with luxury recliners and personal service, making them the business class of movie-going. The cinemas fill up quickly, so if you're going to get the ultimate Fast & Furious 7 experience, it would be a good idea to book ahead of time!

WIN a double ticket to see FF7 at SK Cavendish!

Just when you thought they had run out of gears, Fast & Furious 7 is getting set to wheel spin its way into cinemas on 1 April. The long-running and incredibly popular film series sees renowned horror film-maker, James Wan (SAW, Insidious), in the director's chair and has been at the centre of much speculation after the untimely passing of Paul Walker. While a travesty the film took the speed bump and hurtled on, teasing us with the appearance of Jason Statham and brandishing old faithfuls like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson.

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Top 5 South African Films...

South Africa is quickly developing as a film-making nation. To see just how far we've come along, Spling picks his Top 5 South African films.

District 9 (2009)

Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson's thought-provoking and iconic sci-fi actioner put us on the map as a film-making destination with not one, but four Oscar nominations. The massive alien ship hovering over Johannesburg, the political subtexts involving "prawns", the mockumentary tone, cutting edge special effects and the captivating man-on-the-run story, all contributed to a film to be immensely proud of.

District 9 continues to reverberate as Blomkamp has gone on to direct Elysium, Chappie and is set to reinvigorate the Alien franchise, while Sharlto Copley has become a bona fide Hollywood star to rally the likes of our favourite Hollywood Monster, Charlize Theron.

Proudly SA moment? Listening to our unmistakable accents dominating a world-class film.

Life, Above All (2012)

Life, Above All is an award-winning universal story about the intricate relationship between a mother and daughter in modern day South Africa. Writer-director Oliver Schmitz has composed an important, emotionally taut and melancholic drama with heartfelt performances, an insightful social commentary and beautiful cinematography.

The beauty and ugliness of humanity are reflected in the eyes of a terrific lead performance from young Khomotso Manyaka as Chanda, who shows great maturity in this underrated South Africa drama. Life, Above All is a touching, quietly optimistic and resilient drama, confirming a way forward no matter what life seems to throw at us.

Proudly SA moment? Being engrossed in an emotionally and intellectually-stimulating SA film.

Hard to Get (2014)

Hard to Get echoes a similar passion and intensity to acclaimed Congolese crime thriller, Viva Riva. It's arguably South Africa's best action movie ever, powered by a similar sweaty, sexy and dangerous intensity on the back of world-class production values and surprisingly mature film-making for a number of feature film debuts.

We're blasted into a quick-paced action romance crime thriller in the style of Bonnie & Clyde, brandishing great bit characters with two incredibly charming co-leads. The unrequited chemistry between Skiets and TK is what fuels the burning romance and we can't help but be blown away by this high-octane actioner.

Proudly SA moment? When you realise just how much you've enjoyed the relentless onslaught of action and caper comedy that seems to ooze out of every scene.

Yesterday (2004)

Yesterday is a simple, pure, slow and quietly powerful South African drama from writer-director Darryl Roodt. It's the first feature-length Zulu film and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, lauded for its universality and purity, positively compared with The Bicycle Thief.

The film stars Leleti Khumalo as Yesterday, a young mother who discovers she has Aids and wants to live long enough to see her daughter go to school. Khumalo's heartfelt performance embodies the film's grace and nobility as she comes to terms with her plight. It's an emotionally complex and moving drama with an educational message that runs deep.

Proudly SA moment? Being absorbed by a powerful drama in a South African mother tongue that moves and inspires you.

Material (2012)

Material is possibly the smartest, most heart-warming movie to originate from South Africa. Based on Riaad Moosa's life,Material deals with a young Muslim man whose love for stand-up comedy leads to conflict when his father expects him to take over the family business in Johannesburg.

Those expecting a straight comedy will not be disappointed, but pleasantly surprised by the film's emotional resonance, which is evoked by an honest script, two fantastic co-leads and a strong team effort. Craig Freimond's comedy drama is a crowd-pleaser that will make you laugh, cry and think - without hitting you over the head.

Proudly SA moment? Feeling the palpable father-son chemistry between Riaad Moosa and Vincent Ebrahim.

Close but no cigar: Roepman, Die Wonderwerker, Verraaiers, Four Corners, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Tsotsi.

Article first appeared in TechSmart 138, which you can find here.

See 'Chappie' in SK IMAX with Rob Van Vuuren!

Want to *WIN* ONE of THREE double movie tickets to watch Chappie in IMAX at Ster-Kinekor CapeGate on Saturday night, 14 March with Rob Van Vuuren, which includes a popcorn and Coke? Become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/SplingMovies or follow @SplingMovies to get more giveaway details.

You and a friend could see it on IMAX at Ster-Kinekor CapeGate on Saturday 14th March with South Africa's Rob Van VuurenIMAX is B I G... without losing quality, presenting crystal clear picture and sound giving you the movie the way Blomkamp intended. What's more, you get to watch Chappie with Rob Van Vuuren! A household name, Van Vuuren's become one of the most prolific players in the South African entertainment industry.

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About Chappie

Neill Blomkamp brought us District 9 and Elysium. The South African director's latest offering, Chappie, is a film about a robot, who gets reprogrammed to become more human. The film is one of the most anticipated releases of 2015 and stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel and features Die Antwoord with Blomkamp's regulars, Brandon Auret and Sharlto Copley providing the voice and motion capture performance as Chappie.

About Rob Van Vuuren

Van Vuuren discovered his knack for comedy, while studying to be an actor and has racked up an impressive range of experience as an actor, comedian, voice artist, writer, director, dancer and producer with countless appearances on the big screen, TV and on-stage starring in everything from Leon Schuster to William Shakespeare.

Chappie is distinctly South African, set in a futuristic version of our country and features such talents as Neill Blomkamp, Die Antwoord and Sharlto Copley providing the voice and movement of Chappie. We thought it would be cool to watch the movie with another 100% South African talent (and expert on voice and movement), Rob Van Vuuren!

New Cine Prestige Releases at Ster-Kinekor, Cavendish this Week! (06/03/15)

Ster-Kinekor, Cavendish Square is one of the best cinemas in Africa, delivering a world-class digital film experience so that you get to watch GREAT moments at their GREATEST. Be sure to enjoy films first-class in Ster-Kinekor's luxury cinematic experience, CINE PRESTIGE. Recline in a plush automated seat, grab a coffee in the VIP lounge, order snack platters to be served midway through the movie and watch great films in comfort and style. This exclusive cinema format epitomises film-viewing heaven and pure luxury rolled into one. Visit the SPL!NG Facebook fan page to stand a chance of winning a double movie ticket!

Cine Prestige - Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel



Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel when the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel faces an accommodation predicament for two fresh arrivals. Director John Madden returns, along with most of the cast from the first film, to deliver more hotel drama and shenanigans in India. Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench and Bill Nighy welcome Richard Gere to the fray.

Why you need to see it: If you enjoyed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then you'll get to know the characters a bit better with performances from a first-class cast.

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