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#OnTheBigScreen: 'Bombshell', 'Bad Boys For Life' and 'Street Dancer'

The films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include Charlize Theron's #MeToo-inspired real-life drama, Bombshell; Bad Boys For Life, in which Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett after 17 years; computer-animated comedy Arctic Justice; and the Indian Hindi-language dance film Street Dancer.

Bombshell


Based on the real scandal, it tells the explosive story of the women who brought down the man who helped create the most powerful and the controversial media empire of all time, Fox News. But at heart of the film is also an exhilarating portrait of how courage is forged at the moment, as three very different women resolve to fight back against unchecked power and abuse.

The film is directed by Emmy Award-winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award-winner Charles Randolph. Starring Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie



“What felt important was to go back to the story of these women who actually catapulted us into this movement that continues to grow,” says Theron. “This was one of the first workplace harassment suits of its kind. It was over a year before the Harvey Weinstein story broke, so it was truly the precursor. And Charles had brought it all to life as a story that lets you get angry, that gets emotional, but that also lets you laugh at the absurdity. I saw in it a human story that was really complex and well-rounded.”

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Bad Boys for Life


25 years after Bad Boys, 17 years after Bad Boys II, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back for one last ride in Bad Boys for Life

The once inseparable duo of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return in their signature roles, Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. In the film, just as Marcus is trying to step back and spend more time in his family, a dangerous threat will emerge to endangers Mike’s life – pulling Marcus back in. After all, Mike is family too, and he’s not going to let Mike go on that mission alone.



This buddy cop action comedy is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a screenplay by Joe Carnahan and Chris Bremner, based on characters by George Gallo.

“It’s always the right time for good movies, fun movies, entertaining movies, like this one is,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “People love good entertainment. We have these two wonderful actors coming together with their humour and their edge. It’s very exciting for an audience and for me to make a movie like this.”

Arctic Justice


This computer-animated comedy film is co-written and directed by Aaron Woodley and co-directed by Dimos Vrysellas. Swifty the Arctic Fox works in the mailroom of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service, but he has much bigger dreams. He yearns to become a Top Dog, the Arctic’s star husky couriers. To prove he can do it, he commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a mysterious package to a secret location.



Street Dancer


This dance epic is based on the multifarious colours of dance and the unity that occurs between two different groups coming together for a single cause. Set in London, the film is about two rival dance groups from India and Pakistan, who’ve been competing against each other every time they meet – be it at a cafe or at an underground street battle until they eventually, realise that they stem from the same roots and have a common purpose to stand for their people from the Asian subcontinent. Followed by the backdrop of a global dance competition, the film showcases how these underdogs stand strong against all odds.



This Indian Hindi-language dance film is directed by Remo D’Souza. The movie features Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva and Nora Fatehi in the lead roles.

Read more about the latest and upcoming film releases.

About Daniel Dercksen

Daniel Dercksen has been a contributor for Lifestyle since 2012. As the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio and a published film and theatre journalist of 40 years, teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa and internationally the past 22 years. Visit www.writingstudio.co.za

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