It’s winter, and we’re in the grip of a third wave of Covid-19. So, what better way to stay warm and safe than in your own home, with a lekker movie marathon lined up? We’ve scoured all the streaming platforms and found what we think is the perfect mix of films to watch. Some are brand new, and some are golden oldies well worth the rewatch. We’ve got it all: Drama, action, horror. Pop the popcorn.
The very best from the US.
This gripping drama is driven by renowned stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, and the duo does not disappoint. A talented chef aims for that coveted third Michelin star while fighting his own fears and failures.
Another World War 2 movie? Yes, with a fresh new perspective and gripping storytelling from “Now You See Me” star Jesse Eisenberg. An aspiring mime actor joins the French Resistance and saves thousands of orphaned Jewish children from the Nazis.
IT Chapter Two
Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but this Stephen King-inspired horror will chill you to the bone. Pennywise is back.
Kevin Hart inspires and warms hearts in this sensitive story of a single dad trying to make sense of life and family after his wife dies. Grab the tissues.
Women, ready to feel empowered? Three female mathematicians work behind the scenes to plan American astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit amidst fierce racism and sexism. Fan-favourites Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe and Taraji P Henson are at the helm.
Michael B Jordan delivers a stellar performance in this action-packed film. An Elite Navy SEAL tries to mitigate a potential war between the United States and Russia.
Birds of Prey
Harley Quinn, our favourite madwoman recovers from her breakup with Joker and now faces the wrath of other villains. Action-packed, funny and exciting, as expected.
Here are our faves from the South African film scene.
A widow tries to keep her family together after the death of their father, but it’s not all that easy. This heart-wrenching film is as truly “Afri-Kaaps” as it gets.
A Sotho girl, played by Natasha Thahane, lives a double life between the “good” girl at home and the popular girl she can be in Johannesburg. However, this has far-reaching complications when the man who loves her finds out.
Fiela se Kind
Inspired by the novel by acclaimed Afrikaans author Dalene Matthee, this tragic film tells the story of a white boy being secretly raised by a woman of colour during Apartheid, and how she fights to protect him when authorities come.
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