This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: GRUDGE MATCH
CAST: SYLVESTER STALLONE, ROBERT DE NIRO, KEVIN HART, ALAN ARKIN, KIM BASINGER, JON BERNTHAL
DIRECTOR: PETER SEGAL

In ‘Grudge Match’, Stallone and De Niro play Henry “Razor” Sharp and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate, Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.

But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.
“I love boxing and the metaphors about it,” says Stallone. “There’s a real classicism where it breaks down to a man’s athletic ability coupled with his courage. The two don’t always go hand-in-hand. I’m always watching the character of a fighter more than the punches. You see what a person is made of under duress.”

“These two guys are in really different places in life,” says De Niro. “My character’s done alright for himself, financially, but he still has this unfulfilled yearning to have this final fight, because he felt that he was kind of gypped the last time when Razor pulled out of it. Razor’s the one that needs it, for the money, but Kid’s the one that really wants it.”
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Willie-Esterhuizen-in-'FaanFILM: FAAN SE TREIN
CAST: Willie Esterhuizen, Marius Weyers, Anel Alexander, Cobus Rossouw, Deon Lotz, Nicola Hanekom
DIRECTOR: Koos Roets

Originally written by Pieter Fourie, ‘Faan Se Trein’ (the stage production), first premiered in 1975 in Cape Town. It was an immediate runaway success and received glowing reviews.
Over the next two years the production played in virtually every theatre and town hall throughout South Africa. More than 300000 people attended these performances. ‘Faan Se Trein’ became the biggest box office hit in the history of South African theatre.
Due to popular demand, ‘Faan se Trein’ was rewritten for the big screen by Koos Roets and filmed in April 2013. Based on a story that captivated theatre audiences for more than 30 years, the film promises to entertain and touch the hearts of all South Africans, young and old, with its universal themes.

Set in the late fifties, ‘Faan se Trein’ tells the story of a middle aged man, the titular Faan (Willie Esterhuizen), in a small Karoo town, who never fully developed beyond the innocence and simplicity of a young boy. When his father passes away leaving all his valuables to be divided between Faan and the church, greed overcomes the community. Will love conquer all?