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STER-KINEKOR ANNOUNCES OPENING OF THREE NEW LUXURIOUS CINE PRESTIGE SITES

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Continuing in its efforts to ensure that South Africans experience cinema in the most advanced theatre environments, Ster-Kinekor is delighted to announce that it is expanding its luxurious Cine Prestige theatre offering to three more sites. In the next few months, the ultimate venue in which to relax and enjoy a movie will be available to cinema-goers at The Grove in Pretoria East, at its flagship site at Gateway in Durban and in Sandton City in Johannesburg.

Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres, has confirmed that the two Cine Prestige theatres at the revamped The Grove shopping mall in Pretoria, each of which has 27 seats, will commence trading on the evening of Friday, 28 February. Audiences will be treated to the latest releases, including Pad Na Jou Hart (No. 1 at the box-office for two consecutive weeks!), and the multi-Oscar nominated American Hustle, in the two luxury cinemas.

The conversion process has commenced at the other two sites. The completion date for the two new Cine Prestige theatres at Gateway is expected to be mid-March, with Sandton’s cinema opening shortly thereafter.

“The exclusive Cine Prestige concept, the ‘business class’ of cinema theatres, was launched at The Zone in Rosebank in 2012, and extended to our new complex at Cradlestone Mall, which houses two of these cinemas, when the mall opened in November last year. It has proved to be an extremely popular option in which to watch a film, and our decision to introduce this upgraded format at more of our cinemas is as a result of positive audience feedback. The builds at these new sites join our growing Cine Prestige offering, and bring the number of these luxury cinemas to an impressive eight,” comments Mahomed.

The two Cine Prestige cinemas at Gateway will each boast 39 seats, while the converted cinema in Sandton will accommodate 57 people. The screens in each of these new cinemas – and at The Grove – are all 3D-enabled, to accommodate any new title that is released in this larger-than-life format.

These innovations follow the company’s roll-out of the full digital conversion at all Ster-Kinekor cinemas towards the end of 2013. The result of this is that now every site boasts the latest in digital projector technology and quality surround-sound speaker systems, as the company continues to satisfy cinema audiences’ demand for the latest in cinema technology.

“It is interesting to note that the Cine Prestige format performs consistently well throughout the year, irrespective of what title is being screened. For us, this points to the fact that audiences go there to enjoy the luxurious experience, while being treated to a great movie at the same time.”

The luxurious Cine Prestige specialist cinemas epitomise film-viewing heaven and pure luxury rolled into one. Audiences are invited to lie back and relax in large, comfortable chairs in an exclusive environment, while watching the latest cinema releases on the big digital screen.

Each of these cinemas boasts a mix of single and double pure leather recliner seats that ooze lavish comfort, for that perfect date-night out. Each seat has a special snack tray neatly fitted into it, to enjoy delicious snacks and drinks during the movie. Added to the experience is an exclusive VIP lounge area at each site, where delicious platters of food can be ordered and enjoyed inside the Cine Prestige cinema, and where queuing is a thing of the past.

“We are very proud of our new Cine Prestige cinemas, as we continue to bring the very best in cinema entertainment – in the most luxurious environments – to South Africans. We have pledged to give our audiences ‘great moments at their greatest’ with every movie experience. Our investment into the new Cine Prestige theatres at The Grove, Gateway and Sandton provides further evidence of our ongoing commitment to continuously deliver on this promise,” concludes Mahomed.

For more information about Cine Prestige and Ster-Kinekor, or to book tickets, visit: www.sterkinekor.com or call Ticketline on 082 16789. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | Follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @SKTheatres, or download the SK App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry smart phone for updates or to make a booking.

 

 

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Durbanite Talks Politics in the new Showmax Series: The Girl From St Agnes

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The girls from South Africa in The girl from St Agnes

If you haven’t yet watched The Girl from St Agnes from start to finish, then what have you been doing this past week?

Showmax released this 8-part murder mystery series on 30 January and it easily broke the record for the most unique viewers in 24 hours – proving its binge-worthiness and showing how ready the world is for South African English TV. I for one, have been ready for years, and so instead of being actively social last friday night, I stayed at home with my mother and we started and unintentionally finished the entire show.  

My overtaxed mother may have been falling asleep on the couch during the opening credits but soon she was resurrected by the shocking plot twists and many of what the TV ad describes as ‘admissions of guilt’. Set at an all-girls’ boarding school in the KZN midlands, schoolgirl Lexi Summerveld (Jane de Wet) falls to her death and the case is dismissed as suicide. But drama teacher Kate Bellard (Nina Milner) remains unconvinced and furthers the investigation herself, exposing secrets, lifting veils and ultimately showing that the school and all who attend are not what she (and we) once thought. Transfixing and professional, I was blown away by this show and my poor friends will vouch for how it’s all I’ve been talking about lately.

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Having lived in California this past year, I was ready to give up on launching a career in my own beautiful country. But TGFSA has truly restored my hope in South African film and media and more specifically, the hope for our female writers, producers and directors. The team that created, filmed and funded the show is an all-female collaboration which is rare, even for Hollywood. Not only are the writers, directors and producers all women, but the story focuses more on the lives and struggles of the South African female experience too. It’s the men and the schoolboys who are villainous and destructive while the girls are the victims who bear the brunt of their perverted or unfaithful husbands, abusive boyfriends, neglective fathers, or disappointing sons.

The notorious “boys will be boys” line is referenced at least twice, hinting at its persistent circulation in patriarchal South Africa. But even as each suspect (and there are many) that Kate suspects is a male, each also becomes a red herring, making the victim, the murderer and the detective an all-female game too. Perhaps what this is saying is that we women need to work together and support each other more. And perhaps we need to be more courageous, less trustful and dependent, and own our individual narratives just like S.A. men have the learned confidence to do.

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What I also really enjoyed is the political landscape that the show doesn’t choose to ignore. Lines like “you people”, “colonialists”, and allusions to farm burning, land stealing and robberies pinpoint the present South African experience and highlight the racial tension that is still very much alive today; even amongst the integrated and somewhat progressive schoolgirls at St Agnes. This exposes the backlash and the influence our parents’ generation still has on us, however the small progress we’ve made so far is also shown by the (albeit few) mixed friendships and relationships, peace treaties and apologies, as well as a well-mixed cast even if *sigh* the main characters are still mostly white.

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I guess The Girl from St Agnes should be regarded as a snapshot of present progression and should not be expected to transcend all boundaries at once – as we still have a long way to go – but rather we should choose to focus on the pride of making it this far in South African English television and in non-conservative material at that. Sure, it’s at first unsettling to hear our accent on the screen, and maybe even more so when it’s talking rape and murder and suicide (and and and). But after a while it hits that this is our reality. We are no longer watching the far-fetched American world with its foreign accent, but instead we are consuming our own unique demeanor and personally relatable experiences. As an ex-all girls’ catholic school girl myself, I feel united in my own story and no longer feel the ‘fomo’ of American High School as intensely as I used to.

I’m so excited for the future of South African TV and I hope I get the chance to join in someday, too. And you, fellow unenthused and disillusioned writer/actor/director/any form of creative… you should be too.

Written by Candice Buckle

 

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Review: Movies @ Suncoast – Deadpool 2

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If you are a lover of Durban and you hear of the word ‘Suncoast’, you would automatically be thinking: Casino and Entertainment World – well, if it was only ‘Casino’… then good job!

BUT it’s not all about the casino or the restaurants… it’s also about the movies, which brings us to the point of this post where we review Deadpool 2 at Suncoast’s Cinecentre.

FUN FACT: Cinecentre is part of the Avalon Group which is South Africa’s largest and oldest independent Cinema Exhibition and Entertainment Company – they have been a pioneer of importing Bollywood movies to South Africa for over 70 years.

DEADPOOL 2: REVIEW

DP 2’s elaborate anti-marketing campaign has been simply brilliant by bashing popular pop-culture while also making fun of itself.  Ryan Reynolds, who plays both DP and Juggernaut, has once again pulled out all the stops to
deliver an entertaining and hysterically funny anti-hero flick that will appeal to all DP 1 fans.

Storyline: This blockbuster brings together X-Force, Bill Skarsgard, Terry Crews and Brad Pitt (who’s out of sight), a team of misfit hero’s on a mission to save a troubled mutant boy (Russell “Rusty” Collins) from a time traveling cyborg (Cable), played by Josh Brolin, who lugs around a beast of a gun and other advanced weaponry. But it doesn’t end as you may think.

The movies ability to break down the fourth wall without skipping a beat is what makes this film special. This brilliant idea that DP knows he is a fictional character living in a comic book universe could even be expanded upon in future installments, and hopefully it will be. All DP’s literal back breaking and head splitting weirdness mixed with a kind of super consciousness of his own reality should keep all die hard comic book movie fans coming back time and again.

Expect some rib-tickling one-liners, plenty of trash talking and loads of action. DP 2 scores and solid 8 out of 10, so book your tickets now at CINECENTRE!

Suncost Casino and Entertainment World

Centrally located at the northern end of Durban‘s Golden Mile, Suncoast is always a hub of activity. Not only a great spot to visit if you are a local but for tourists to our beautiful city as well. Currently under construction, we found that parking was a mission and running across the lot in the rain not very pleasant, but this is our only negative about our Suncoast experience. On a good note, a little birdie says that part of the new building will be undercover parking – which we think is fantastic!

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REVIEW: Pacific Rim at Suncoast Cine Centre

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We could not wait to go back to Suncoast Casino to experience yet another blockbuster movie, only this time it was none other than Pacific Rim: Uprising!

We made our way into Suncoast, at a fast pace as we did not want to be late for the movie. The humming atmosphere at CineCentre proved that we were not the only ones excited for this experience, as families and couples were also going in to watch Pacific Rim: Uprising. We also managed to grab a quick popcorn and slushie, emphasis on ‘quick’, not to mention that divine popcorn spice we love so much!

With all that in hand, it was time to make our way into the movie, and we were just in time! Getting to our seats, to add to our excitement this movie was in 3D, so 3D glasses were required.

Being quite a tomboy growing up, I loved reading comics and graphic novels and collected them on top of that. All things Science-fiction, Fantasy, Marvel or DC, I was your girl! Of course it came to no surprise when I saw the first Pacific Rim and fell in love with it! So you can understand my great enthusiasm for this one!

My Overall on Pacific Rim: Uprising
A-MAZ-ING! The CGI blew my mind and the storyline had quite a twist!

A definite must-see at Suncoast Casino!

Check out the trailer:

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