With the public holiday coming up on Thursday, the forward-thinkers among us have opted to take Friday off as well and treat themselves to a well-deserved five-day break. We wish we’d thought of that!
If you’re looking for a cultural escape this ‘long’ weekend, head to the cinemas to see one of these top five movies where you’ll have the option of an epic period drama, feisty feminine superhero movie or gripping crime flick…
1. Mary Queen of Scots
Two brilliant young actresses Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan star in this creative telling of the rivalry between England’s Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie) and Scotland’s Mary Stuart (Ronan). As Scotland falls under English rule, a feud for sovereignty ensues between the two monarchs. Expect top performances from the two starlets as well as from the supporting cast, which includes the likes of Guy Pearce and David Tennant.
Watch the trailer here:
2. Captain Marvel
In Marvel’s latest action-packed release, Oscar-winner Brie Larson takes on the role of Carol Danvers, a former US Air Force pilot who becomes one of the most powerful superheroes in the universe. When earth is embroiled in a galactic warfare between two alien races, Captain Marvel steps in to make sure good triumphs over evil. This is girl power at its best! Jude Law also stars.
Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman is almost unrecognisable as police detective Erin Bell in this gripping crime drama. Seeking closure, Erin reconnects with gang members from an unresolved undercover mission and is forced to face the demons of her past. Kidman gives a truly phenomenal, raw performance.
4. White Boy Rick
Based on the remarkable true story of hustler-turned-FBI-informant Rick Wershe Jr, known to all as White Boy Rick. Newcomer Richie Merritt is excellent in the title role, while Matthew McConaughey steals several scenes as Rick’s down-and-out father. This has everything from family drama and dark humour to dangerous gangster antics.
5. What Men Want
As an adaptation of the endearing 2000 film What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson, this romcom flips the script when sports agent Ali Davis, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, suddenly develops the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts. Great for a girls’ night!
By Features Editor Stephanie van der Plank