The Conjuring 2 (DVD) : Review

Film

The Conjuring 2, the next true story account of a case file from Ed (Patrick Wilson)  and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). Nothing brings a chill more than a horror based on fact.

This time, the Warrens travel to north London, eschewing the usual mishaps of the evil persuasion always occurring in the United States. They are seeking to aid a single mother, Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.

Much like its predecessor, this latest incarnation of The Conjuring series bring a cerebral level to the horror genre. While not beset with plot twists a plenty, there is enough to keep one guessing, if only in a few small, varying degrees.

And it is the cerebral aspect that is likely to scare many a viewer, allowing ones mind to wander, and attempt to out-think the protagonist couple, as they pit their wits against the entity from the darkest depths. WIth the most chilling aspect, when one entertains the notion that there may be evil amongst the kids in the Hodgson household.

The Conjuring 2 is an well rounded story in the horror genre, that captures the viewers attention from the start, and drags them along on its chilling journey.

Disc

Overall, the disc is of a good technical quality, and while devoid of a generous helping of bonus features, the film is good, and you get a few deleted scenes.

The Conjuring 2 is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, choose to use less compression on the main feature, rather than load the disc with extra material. There are no visible artefacts, colour are vibrant with no bleed, and the several darker scenes maintain a fair amount of detail (given the now aging DVD format).

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high bitrate, with dialogue on the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix clear via the centre speaker. There is ample use of the surround channels to expand the on-screen action, and further draw the viewer in to the story. Panning between channels is precise and clear.

Navigation

 

Bonus Features

The disc contains some deleted scenes. These are unfortunately the only bonus features on the disc.

 

 

Another M-Net Pop-Up Channel – More Sunday Premiers And Other December Delights

M-Net dishes out mega movie delights this December:
Get set for two Sunday blockbusters, an inspirational pop-up channel, a special animation festival and hand-picked world cinema

M-Net is upping the entertainment ante yet again with fantastic additions to its movie offering. In future, DStv Premium customers will be treated to two blockbuster premieres on a Sunday night – one on M-Net 101 and one on M-Net Movies Premiere. From Friday, 16 December until Sunday, 29 January a special pop-up channel called M-Net Inspire will infuse positive thinking on DStv’s channel 109, and during the holidays the young at heart can expect visits from their favourite animation characters with a special Animania movie festival on channel 105, M-Net Movies Smile. Then, there’s also a first-class, unprecedented gift for movie connoisseurs: from mid-December, premium channel M-Net Edge (channel 102) will boast a world cinema slot with the best of the best foreign language or nouveau films.

mnet101

Two Sunday night blockbusters

“Our blockbuster Sunday night movie premieres have been a much-loved institution for many years,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “Just after eight on M-Net and half an hour later on M-Net Movies Premiere, we have showcased the hottest first-to-TV Hollywood films on our screens. Now, it’s getting even better!”

From Sunday, 4 December there will be not one, but two brand new blockbuster movie premieres on the M-Net Channels. This means that M-Net 101 and M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104 will not be screening the same film 30 minutes apart any more. There will be another fresh blockbuster on M-Net Movies Premiere at around 20:30.

“This exciting scheduling change not only gives viewers more than one movie option for a Sunday night; it also allows us to bring more top-notch movie premieres to our audiences much quicker,” Jan du Plessis explains. “And if you prefer to watch the eight o’clock M-Net movie a little later, you can always tune into M-Net Plus 1 (channel 901), our time-shifted M-Net 101 channel at 21:00.”

While the rip-roaring comedy Vacation will be the premiere on M-Net 101 at 20:05 on Sunday, 4 December, M-Net Movies Premiere will be the first to screen The Night Before, in which three friends, including the always hilarious Seth Rogen, are out to find an unforgettable Christmas bash. Due to the high age restriction of this movie, however, it will only be screened at 21:00.


Hugh Jackman will take us to Neverland in the family adventure Pan on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 11 December. Then, on M-Net Movies Premiere at 20:30, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck are in grave danger in the disaster and rescue film The Finest Hours, based on a true event.

Read the SAMDB review of Pan.

Multi-talented Bradley Cooper dons the apron as a down-and-out chef in Burnt on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 18 December, alongside a top-notch cast including Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson and Uma Thurman. On the same night the dystopian young adult science fiction thriller The 5th Wave will keep M-Net Movies Premiere viewers on the edge of their seats from 20:30.


On 25 December, M-Net 101 will celebrate Christmas with three Oscar winners – Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei – in Love The Coopers, while Will Smith is in top form on M-Net Movies Premiere in the sports drama Concussion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io6hPdC41RM
M-Net Inspire

Following hot on the heels of the Harry Potter pop-up Channel, M-Net Inspire is the perfect pop-up curation for the festive season. Launching on Friday, 16 December at 06:00 and running until Sunday, 29 January at midnight, M-Net Inspire will feature movies that are motivational and celebrate the triumphs of the human spirit.

Every evening from 19:45, viewers can catch a feel-good film. These titles include inspirational favourites such as Yes Man, Eight Below, The Preacher’s Wife and American Dreamz. There will also be a selection of awesome classics including Coach Carter, Remember The Titans, Rocky (instalments 1 to 6) and Invictus.

In addition to all the soul-enriching movies, the M-Net Inspire pop-up channel will also play host to influential and inspirational faith leader, Bishop T.D. Jakes. Viewers can catch episodes of The T.D. Jakes Show, a heart-warming talk show hosted by the man himself, at noon as well as at 19:00 every day. Interviewing everyone from celebs, to kids, to stay-at-home moms, Jakes takes audiences on a journey of positivity by showcasing stories about the triumphs of the human spirit.

In South Africa, M-Net Inspire will be available to both DStv Premium and Compact customers.

Animania on M-Net Movies Smile

Guess who will be paying us a visit on M-Net Movies Smile, channel 105 on DStv Premium, during the holidays? Open the door for Maya The Bee, Kung Fu Panda, Khumba, Shaun the Sheep, Tarzan, The Minions, Spongebob and many more.

M-Net Movies Smile will feature a festival of the most popular animation films from Monday, 5 December 2016 until Tuesday, 10 January 2017 from 06:00 until midnight.

World cinema

December also sees the start of a special movie slot on M-Net Edge, channel 102 on DStv Premium, on Sunday nights at 21:00. As of Sunday, 18 December, discerning viewers can get right into the kind of films they have been craving: highly-acclaimed world cinema. The Palestinian film The Idol, which received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be on M-Net Edge on Sunday, 18 December. Then, the following week, the French film Saint Laurent, about famed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent will be the special Christmas viewing treat.

“We trust that all this mega movie magic will bring loads of joy to our viewers this December and January,” says Jan du Plessis. “More good news is that this is just the start of more amazing content on our channels in the new year. There will be plenty of surprises, including more local shows and more movie pop-up channels!”

All the Sunday night premiere movies (M-Net 101, M-Net Premiere and M-Net Edge) will also be available on DStv Catch Up and Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now. Selected titles from the M-Net Inspire pop-up channel, as well as from the Animania festival, will be available on Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now.

Applications Now Open For The Realness Pan African Scriptwriting Residency 2017

Following the success of the inaugural scriptwriting residency, Realness is thrilled to announce the call for submissions for the 2017 edition.

Realness is a pioneering residency that provides filmmakers with the opportunity to hone and develop their creative scriptwriting skills. It serves to address the need for promising African film projects to be supported in their development phase to be able to realistically compete in global film markets.

This year five filmmakers – Amirah Tajdin (Kenya), Hiwot Admasu (Ethiopia) Luck Razanajaona (Madagascar), Sheetal Magan (South Africa) and Wim Steytler (South Africa) spent six weeks at the Nirox Artists’ Residency in the Cradle of Humankind under the mentorship of script consultants Selina Ukwuoma and Nadja Dumouchel, including attending the Durban FilmMart and Talent Campus at the Durban International Film Festival.

“The success of this residency is not only evident in the encouraging feedback from the participants, who welcomed the opportunity to be in a quiet headspace to tap into their creative sources, but it is also evident in the numerous awards they have received and the progress made following the residency,” explains Elias Ribeiro, Creative Director of Realness. “Luck, for example, had a project selected for the Durban FilmMart prior to the residency, where we met and worked with participants as a precursor to programme. Here he walked off with awards from CineMart (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie to further develop his script. Hiwot has since won an award to participate at another residency programme in Switzerland the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, and two of the projects have signed co-production agreements since completing the residency.”

As a result of the Realness programme, Ribeiro has,been invited to present the initiative at five major international festivals since starting it earlier this year, namely Berlinale, Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Torino. “The continued interest is very encouraging and serves as a platform for the residents to maintain the momentum towards getting their films made. We have structured Realness in a very holistic and strategic way, engaging with heavy-weight partners and advisors in developing the framework for the programme. It is rewarding to see the genuine interest in developing synergy between African cinema and the rest of the world.”

Amirah Tajdin said “Realness made me realize that…time and space really does make all the difference during script writing.” Wim Steytler said that Realness gave him the courage to “throw my script and 8 months of work into the bin. I gained important insights into how to take my story from decent to good. After Realness my goal is to take the project from good to great.”

Realness is proud to announce that the partnerships established in 2016 will continue into the second edition, which means that the 2017 residents will also have the opportunity to further develop their projects through the awards offered by the Durban FilmMart, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Torino Film Lab, Midpoint, EAVE and La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde.

The submission window opens on 28 November 2016 and closes on 31 January 2017:

Applicants must submit ONE PDF dossier containing:

  • a motivation for wanting to participate in REALNESS (1 page)
  • a synopsis of the proposed feature project (1 page)
  • a narrative treatment of the proposed feature project (6 pages)
  • a draft of the screenplay (if available)
  • a writer’s note of intention (1 page)
  • a short biography (1 paragraph)
  • two links to samples of previously produced work, uploaded to vimeo. If selected, residents will be required to donate one copy of their previous work to the Nirox film library.

The call is open to screenwriters from across the African continent and selection will be based on artistic merit. REALNESS will hold no legal claim over the work once the residency is completed.

All submitted material must be in English. A committee appointed by the Realness team and their partners will read the project entries and conduct interviews with a shortlist of candidates in April. The REALNESS selection will be announced at an event hosted by the pavilion Les Cinemas du Monde in Cannes, 2017.

Dossiers must be submitted to realness@urucumedia.com. For further information and to download the application form go to www.urucumedia.com/realness.

Met – Live In HD Schedule

CINEMA NOUVEAU PRESENTS THE NEW 2016 / 17 METROPOLITAN OPERA SEASON, INCLUDING SIX NEW PRODUCTIONS
Exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor theatres countrywide, ten opulent operas, including five new productions, from the Met stage to the big digital screen

MET: LIVE IN HD BROADCASTS A NEW PRODUCTION OF WAGNER’S TRAGIC OPERA, TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

“An audacious new production… Compelling, vulnerable performances… from a strong cast, especially the astonishing soprano Nina Stemme… [Her Isolde is] outstanding…” – New York Times

Tristan Und Isolde

The second opera in the current 2016/17 Met: Live in HD season, filmed for broadcast into cinemas from The Metropolitan Opera in New York, is a new staging of Richard Wagner’s epic tragedy, Tristan und Isolde. This powerful production releases at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Saturday, 03 December, for limited screenings.

Now in its eleventh year, The Met: Live in HD series is screened in cinemas around the world, including exclusive releases at Cinema Nouveau and Ster-Kinekor here in South Africa. The Met’s new season presents ten opulent, full-length operas including five new productions, three of which are new to the series.

All three acts of Tristan und Isolde are originally set, respectively, aboard ship on the Irish Sea, in Cornwall (southwestern Britain), and in Brittany (northwestern France). The many versions of this story all pay homage to the Celtic ambience and probable origin of the tale. Wagner’s preservation of this context emphasises several key themes associated with ancient Celtic culture: mysticism, knowledge of the magic arts, an evolved warrior code, and a distinctly non-Christian vision of the possibilities of the afterlife.

The opera is conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in his first Live in HD performance, and is directed by Mariusz Treliński. Nina Stemme stars as the world’s pre-eminent Isolde, a touchstone role she has sung with major opera companies around the world. Her Tristan is Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton, who sang Siegmund in the Met’s Ring cycle in 2013.

The cast also includes Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne and Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal (both in Met role debuts), with René Pape reprising King Marke, a role he has sung to acclaim in three previous Met seasons. The staging, by Mariusz Treliński (who directed the 2015 Met double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle) is a co-production with the Festival Hall Baden-Baden, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, and China National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Beijing.

With its world premiere at Munich Court Theater in 1865, Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death holds a unique place in the opera world. Its music has astounded, infuriated, and inspired audiences since it was first heard, and the title roles in Tristan und Isolde are acknowledged as among the most extraordinarily demanding in opera. The vocal challenges, the sumptuous symphonic scale of the orchestral writing, and the mystical nature of the story, with its opportunities for creative visual design, make this awe-inspiring work a phenomenon of the Met repertory.

In addition to the production, cinema audiences are invited behind the scenes with the Met’s stars. Singers serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast and crew members as well as the production teams. They introduce the popular behind-the-scenes features during the intermissions, giving cinema audiences an unprecedented look at what goes into staging an opera at one of the world’s greatest houses. The series has become a global phenomenon with more than 19 million tickets sold since its inception ten years ago.

The Tristan und Isolde intermission feature includes:

  • Peter Gelb previews the 2016-17 HD season
  • Live backstage interviews with conductor Sir Simon Rattle and stars Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton

50th anniversary feature celebrating the Met at Lincoln Centre

The approximate running time is 4 hrs 47 mins, including two intervals.

Preview of Mariusz Treliński’s new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, starring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton and conducted by Simon Rattle:

The Met: Live in HD 2016/17 season trailer:

These grand operas, filmed at the iconic Metropolitan Opera House, feature some of the world’s most talented singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers and dancers.

With these exclusive productions, Cinema Nouveau continues to give local audiences the opportunity to witness these spectacular ‘live’ opera productions broadcast on the big screen, in full digital projection, at various sites across South Africa. Past productions have received critical acclaim and gained recognition around the world.

For booking information on Don Giovanni as part of The Met: Live in HD season, visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or movies.sterkinekor.co.za. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For information, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).

The Met: Live in HD – 2016-17 Schedule

The season opened on 19 November with Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and is followed by Wagner’s epic tragedy, Tristan und Isolde from 03 December. The season continues in 2017 with the series’ first broadcast of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (07 January 2017), Verdi’s famous Nabucco (04 February), Charles Gounod’s lush adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roméo et Juliette (11 February), Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak (25 March), Verdi’s favourite La Traviata (08 April), Idomeneo by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (24 April), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (20 May), and finally, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (10 June).
L’AMOUR DE LOIN – Kaija Saariaho (releases on 07 January 2017) Met Premiere
Libretto: Amin Maalouf
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Production: Robert Lepage
Set Designer: Michael Curry
Costume Designer: Michael Curry
Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams
Lightscape Image Designer: Lionel Arnould
Cast: Susanna Phillips (Clémence), Tamara Mumford (The Pilgrim), Eric Owens (Jaufré Rudel)

One of the most highly praised operas of recent years, which had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romance L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), has its Met premiere this season. Finnish composer Saariaho’s breakthrough opera, described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score”, has its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. The production is by Robert Lepage, co-produced with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim last summer, in collaboration with Ex Machina. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.
(Running time:  2hrs 33 mins, including one interval)

Power Rangers – Rita Repulsa First Images

Lionsgate have released 2 new images of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the upcoming POWER RANGERS film releasing on the 24th of March 2017

power-rangers-rita-repulsa-elizabeth-banks-1

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

power-rangers-rita-repulsa-elizabeth-banks-2

Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Saban’s Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, featuring Bill Hader, with Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The screenplay is by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel). Story is by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) and Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney. Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini (“Power Rangers” TV series), Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner franchise).

Lira Performs “How Far I’ll Go” From Disney’s Moana

South African songstress to be featured on local in-cinema soundtrack of Disney’s latest animated feature

Lira - MoanaDisney Africa is proud to announce that South African singer-songwriter and performing artist Lira, has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go, from Disney’s upcoming animation comedy adventure film Moana.

Lira’s recording will feature on the South African version of the film as the first end-credit song when Moana hits cinemas from Friday 2 December nationwide. In addition, fans will be able to purchase the single from the South Africa iTunes Store from 9 December. For the track, Lira recorded a special music video and behind the scenes exploration that delves into how the track came to life.

“How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me, to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you,” says Lira. “It’s a real honour to be involved! Also, the fact that Disney is able to incorporate and feature African voices in projects such as this, is truly exciting.”

Lira - Moana

How Far I’ll Go is written by Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who counts among his credits Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton” and the Tony-winning “In the Heights” who, when commenting on the track says “This is Moana’s chance to say for herself how she feels and where she belongs.”

lira-moana-9“We are delighted that Lira has lent her world-class talent and distinctively beautiful voice to How Far I’ll Go”, says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “Bringing her voice to the cinematic release of Moana adds a wonderful local dimension to this universal story of finding one’s true self. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lira to bring this unique recording to South African families.”

Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th Animated Feature, is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Fans can check out the Music Video and Behind the Scenes on Disney’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/DisneyinAfrica) and catch Lira’s performance of How Far I’ll Go as the credits roll in Disney’s Moana, which hits South African cinemas nationwide from 2 December 2016. The single will be available to purchase on the South Africa iTunes Store from 9 December. #LiraMoana

From Substitute Teacher To Idols Winner – Noma Takes The Crown

For the first time in seven seasons, Idols SA crowned a queen as Pietermaritzburg’s Noma Khumalo was named this year’s winner!

Noma Khumalo - Idols 2016 winner
Noma Khumalo – Idols 2016 winner

In a tight race against fellow KZN rival, Thami Shobede, the substitute teacher was announced the ultimate Idol after a record vote that saw over 83 million votes cast throughout Season 12.

Mzansi Magic viewers were treated to a spectacular high-octane showcase. Carnival City’s Big Top Arena reverberated with screams of excitement, loud applause and name chants as the live audience – and TV viewers – were treated to one sensational act after another. There were pyrotechnics, a laser light show and some of the best live music in Mzansi today.

The thrill-a-minute showcase got off to a dazzling start as this season’s Top 10 reunited on stage, performing This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris feat Rihanna. The fireworks continued as AKA blessed the country with an exclusive Idols debut of two new singles, all while standing on top of a grand piano. It doesn’t get any more Super Mega than that!

Romance was the order of the evening as the Top Two performed Afro-soul love jams with local superstars known for their top-charting, heartstring-pulling tracks. Noma paired with Nathi for the track Noma Kanjani, while Thami sang Sobabili with a pearl-draped Kelly Khumalo. The audience delightfully lapped up every single minute of the performances.

More entertainment came in the form Season 11 winner Karabo, Idols judge Unathi who reunited with her kwaito collaborator Zola, the Top 10 again with Beyonce’s Flawless as well as this year’s Wooden Mic winner Mbishop Shezi performing an operatic duet that had the crowd their feet.

The last week of being an Idols SA contestant was anything but relaxed for Noma and Thami. Last week they recorded their singles, and this week shot the videos which were debuted on the show. The highlight for the crowd? Finally seeing Thami with his shirt off!

Before the life changing result was announced, Noma and Thami treated everyone to their last performances as contestants on the stage. Noma was sensational as she covered Mariah Carey’s Without You while Thami brought the house down with Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered, both accompanied by the reigning winners of Clash of The Choirs.

Noma Khumalo - Idols 2016 winner

After Noma was announced the winner, she treated viewers and audiences to her single Want It to Fell Like It Did with You as confetti rained down on her.

This was, undoubtedly, the best Idols SA season so far! See you next year!

For more, visit our website: www.idolssa.dstv.com/home.

Join the Idols SA conversation via social media on:

Our website: www.idolssa.tv  or be part of the conversation via the following social media platforms:

Facebook: Idols South Africa (www.facebook.com/IdolsSA)
Twitter: @IdolsSA #IdolsSA
Instagram: @IdolsSA
WeChat ID: IdolsSA

Blunt Force Trauma (DVD) : Review

Film

Blunt Force Trauma, defined as a non-penetrating trauma. It refers to trauma of a body part by impact. In the film Blunt Force Trauma, this is referring to a small calibre bullet striking body armour, when worn by a person, inflicting a contusion, and possible internal injury.

With that in mind, we follow John (Ryan Kwanten –Kidnapping Mr. Heineken) and Colt (Freida Pinto) on a journey. Sometimes they’re lovers, sometimes they’re gunfighters, each on their own quest, travelling together while taking part in underground duels, where two persons face off, shooting each other with handguns, until one is knocked out of a ring or gives up, after being struck too often by said bullet on the vest they wear.

And while this synopsis may sound like a simple, basic action story, the truth of the matter is, it’s even less. They two talk, they argue, they discuss, and they even jump into bed together. Interspersed between bouts of shooting people wearing body armour, and winning money. The entire film is devoid of action, comedy, thrills or intrigue. We are literally just waiting to see who or what is shot next, in a rather unimaginative style, and all the while trying to guess what they actual point of the entire plot might actually be.

There is a point though. It is for them to reach a certain spot, to fight a certain guy, Zorringer (Mickey Rourke). There is a feeble attempt at a show of strength and honour here, and then a slightly unanswered question (wait out the credits, if you have lasted this far in the story).

Blunt Force Trauma likely has it’s audience. Hopefully that audience won’t try and imitate the games they witness show on-screen. Watch this if you don’t want to use any brain power and are very bored, else maybe just give it a miss.

Disc

Technically, the disc is of a decent quality, easy enough to navigate. A pity about the dull main feature. The disc does take a little longer than most to begin.

Blunt Force Trauma is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a decent bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on screen. While colours are not vibrant, likely due to creative choice, there is no colour bleed.

Viewers with the relevant hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate. Dialogue is relatively clear via the centre speaker. The default audio soundtrack is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, with a stereo 2.0 mix available via the set-top box or software menus.

There is some use of the surrounds in some scenes, to expand and enhance the on-screen action, but this is not a huge, on-going mix. Volume is a little quiet in some areas.

Navigation

Navigation is very basic, and easy to follow. The main menu presents the viewer with options to play the main feature, and to go to a sub-menu to select a scene. Each of these sub-menus has four colour, motion thumbnails, numbered, for you to choose a spot in the film.

There is no menu option to select language, subtitles or audio track.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than a trailers for Genius, The Keeping Room and Collide

 

 

Schedule Update : M-Net, M-Net Edge, M-Net City And M-Net Family For December 2016

December schedule updates for M-Net, M-Net Edge, M-Net City and M-Net Family and production breaks.

M-Net 101

Madam Secretary Season 3, will take one week break from 5 December. New episodes will resume on 12 December at 21:30

Lethal Weapon Season 1, will now take a production break from Thursday 15 December and not on Thursday 8 December as per previous communication. New episodes will resume Thursday 5 January at 19:30

Frequency Season 1, will on a production break from Thursday 15 December. New episodes resume Thursday 9 March 2017

– Series to be confirmed, Monday 05 December at 20:30, Saturday 17 December at 21:30, Tuesday 20 December at 14:00, Friday 23 December at 16:00, Saturday 24 December at 20:30 & 21:30, Tuesday 27 December at 14:00, and Thursday 29 December 19:30 & 20:30

Miss Saigon: 25 Anniversary Performance airs at 19:30 – 21:30 on Thursday 15 December

M-Net 30th Birthday Event Show airs on Friday 16 December at 17:00

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Season 14, will go on from production break from Thursday 22 December. New episodes resume on Monday 9 January at 17:00

– While Lethal Weapon Season 1, Frequency Season 1 and Blindspot Season 2 are on a break, they will be replaced by Hairspray Live on Thursday 22 December at 19:30-21:30

Sam Smith: In Concert Live At The BBC airs at 10:30 and Michael Buble’s Christmas In Hollywood at 15:00 on Monday 26 December

M-Net Edge channels 102

Westworld Season 1, Express from the US ends on Monday 5 December. Note that the duration of the last episode is 90min

Shameless Season 7, Express from the US ends on Tuesday 20 December at 02:00

Divorce Season 1, Express from the US ends on Tuesday 13 December at 01:20

The Vikings Season 4, Express episodes start son Thursday 1 December at 04:00

Lucifer Season 2, will go on a production break from Wed 7 December. New episodes will resume on Wed 18 January at 02:00

The Affair Season 3 , will go on production break on Tuesday 27 December at 03:00. New episodes will resume on Tuesday 3 January at 03:00

Incorporated Season 1, starts on Friday 2 December at 02:00

Vice Special Report: Fighting Isis airs on Sunday 04 December at 20:50

Difficult People Season 1, will air as double episode on Friday 09 December at 19:00 and 19:30

Manhattan Season 1 replaces Deutschland 83’ Season 1 on Friday 09 December at 20:00. Deutschland 83’ will now air on Saturday 17 December at 21:05

American Horror Story Season 6, ends on Friday 09 December at 22:15

The Path Season 1 replaces The Magicians Season 1 on Monday 12 December at 21:00

– Catch the movie The Idol on Sunday 18 December at 21:00

M-NET CHANNELS HIGHLIGHTS

 

mnet101

M-Net December Line-up
Sunday Night Blockbusters on M-Net (Channel 101)

Sunday 04 December 2016

20:05 VACATION Adventure Comedy

A reboot of the popular film series. Rusty Griswold takes his family on a road trip to “Walley World”. Will he be able to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons?

PC, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Sunday 11 December 2016

20:05 PAN PG13V FAMILY Adventure

The studio that gave you Harry Potter creates a visually stunning film. Enter the enchanted world of Neverland and see the beginning of the legend of Peter Pan.

PC, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Sunday 18 December 2016

20:05 BURNT 16L Comedy Drama

Chef Adam Jones had it all – and lost it. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive star though, Jones will need to leave his bad habits behind and get the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene.

PC, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Sunday 25 December 2016

20:05 LOVE THE COOPERS 13L Comedy

The gloves come off in this festive comedy with an all-star cast. When a dysfunctional family come together for Christmas, everything else seems to fall apart.

PC, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

M-Net December Line-up
Express Broadcast- M-Net 101

Note: Because of the extraordinarily fast turn-around time all Express episodes unfortunately do not have a family track or hearing impaired titles.

Bull Season 1 – Thursdays at 01:30

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 – Saturdays at 01:00 (Goes on a production break from Saturday 26 November. New episodes will resume on Saturday 4 February)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Blindspot Season 2 – Fridays at 02:00 (Goes on a production break from Friday 25 November. New episodes resume Friday 6 January at 02:00)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Lethal Weapon Season 1 – Thursdays at 19:30 (Goes on a production break from Thursday 15 December. New episodes resume Thursday 5 January at 19:30)

Frequency Season 1 – Thursday at 20:30 (Goes on a production break from Thursday 15 December. New episodes resume Thursday 9 March 2017)

Blue Bloods – Sundays 01:00 (Currently on production break. New episodes will resume on Wednesday 8 February at 20:30)

New, Returning & Series Finales

Saturday 03 December 2016

18:00 The Goldbergs 04 0001 “Breakfast Club” *Season 4 Starts*

Based on the real life travails of the show’s creator, this comedy centres on a reluctantly close-knit family. In the season premiere the Goldberg kids all find themselves in Saturday detention.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Monday 05 December 2016

20:30 Series To be Confirmed

21:30 Madam Secretary 03 0008 “Breakout Capacity” *Repeat Episode!* (Season 3 will go on broadcast break from Monday 5 December. New episodes resume Monday 12 December at 21:30)

Téa Leoni stars as the Secretary of State, in this acclaimed political drama. On Election Day, Elizabeth uncovers information that could put the government’s peace deal with Iran in jeopardy.

Thursday 08 December 2016

20:30 Frequency 01 0009 *Repeat episode!* (Season 1 will go on broadcast break from Thursday 8 December. New episodes resume Thursday 9 March 2017)*

The Emmy nominated producer of ‘Supernatural’ created this intriguing crime drama about a father and daughter who find themselves supernaturally reunited – two decades after his suspicious death.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

21:30 Blindspot 02 0007 “Resolves Eleven Myths” *Repeat episode!* (Season 2 will go on broadcast break from Thursday 1 December. New Prime Time episodes will resume on Thursday 12 January at 21:30)

Jaimie Alexander (Thor) stars in this thriller about an amnesia-stricken woman covered in mysterious tattoos. Rich Dotcom returns to the FBI when he needs help with a pressing issue.

Thursday 15 December 2016

19:30 – 21:30 Miss Saigon: 25 Anniversary Performance *December Special!* (Note: Lethal Weapon Season 1, Frequency and Blindspot are currently on a production break and have been replaced by Miss Saigon: 25 Anniversary Performance)

Friday 16 December 2016

17:00 M-Net 30th Birthday Event Show

Saturday 17 December 2016

21:30 Series To be Confirmed

Sunday 18 December 2016

17:30 Planet’s Got Talent 02 0006 *Season 2 Ends*

Tuesday 20 December 2016

14:00 Series To be Confirmed

Wednesday 21 December 2016

17:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 14 0071 *Season 14 will go on from production break from Thursday 22 December. New episodes resume on Monday 9 January at 17:00*

Emmy winning talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres brings us a unique mix of celebrity interviews, chart-topping musical performances, and amazing entertainment.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Thursday 22 December 2016

19:30- 21:30 Hairspray Live! *December Special* (Note: Lethal Weapon Season 1, Frequency and Blindspot are currently on a production break and have been replaced by Hairspray Live)

The hip shaking, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical makes a colourful live debut on the small-screen, re-telling the tale of a fun-loving plus-sized teen in Baltimore, during a time of change in the ’60s.

Friday 23 December 2016

16:00 Series To be Confirmed

17:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 14 0071 *Repeat Episodes from 23 December to Friday 6 January! New episodes resume on Monday 9 January at 17:00*

19:30 The Great Christmas Light Fight 02 #201 *December Special*

True Christmas spirit shines in this fun-loving series that sees four families compete to have the most elaborate and spectacular Christmas displays for a cash prize.

Saturday 24 December 2016

20:30 Series To be Confirmed

21:30 Series To be Confirmed

Sunday 25 December 2016

17:30 Series To be Confirmed

Monday 26 December 2016

10:30 Sam Smith: In Concert Live At The BBC

Grammy Award-winning British singer Sam Smith delivers an intimate night of captivating vocal ability, with hits from his debut album ‘In the Lonely Hour’.

15:00 Michael Buble’s Christmas In Hollywood *December Special*

Multi Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Michael Bublé provides a night of music, celebration and a touch of comedy in this annual Christmas special.

21:30 Madam Secretary 03 0008 “Breakout Capacity” *Repeat Episode!* (Season 3 will go on broadcast break from Monday 26 December. New episodes resume Monday 16 January at 21:30)

Téa Leoni stars as the Secretary of State, in this acclaimed political drama. On Election Day, Elizabeth uncovers information that could put the government’s peace deal with Iran in jeopardy.

Tuesday 27 December 2016

14:00 Series To be Confirmed

Wednesday 28 December 2016

21:30 The Blacklist 04 0008 *Season 4 will go on a break production break from Wednesday 4 January*

Golden Globe-nominee James Spader stars as the concierge of crime in this acclaimed drama that follows a high-profile criminal who captures some of the world’s biggest threats.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Thursday 29 December 2016

19:30 Series To be Confirmed

20:30 Series To be Confirmed

21:30 Blindspot 02 0008 “We Fight Deaths On Thick Lone Waters” *Repeat episode!* (Season 2 will go on broadcast break from Thursday 1 December. New Prime Time episodes will resume on Thursday 12 January at 21:30)

Saturday 31 December 2016

20:35 Royal Variety Performance 2016 *December Special*

The 2016 Royal Variety Performance is the industry’s annual fundraising event featuring legendary performers from around the globe.

edge102

M-Net Edge December Line-up

Express Broadcast- M-Net Edge 102

Note: Because of the extraordinarily fast turn-around time all Express episodes unfortunately do not have a family track or hearing impaired titles.

Westworld Season 1- Mondays at 04:00 (Season 1 ends on Monday 5 December. Note that the duration of the last episode is 90min)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Shameless Season 7- Tuesdays at 02:00 (Season 7 ends on Tuesday 20 December)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Divorce Season 1- Tuesdays at 01:20 (Season 1 ends on Tuesday 13 December)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

The Vikings Season 4 –Thursdays at 04:00 (Express episodes start on Thursday 1 December at 04:00)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Lucifer Season 2 – Wednesdays at 02:00 (Season 2 will go on a production break from Wed 7 December. New episodes will resume on Wed 18 January at 02:00)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

The Affair Season 3 –Tuesdays at 03:00 (Season 3 will go on production break on Tuesday 27 December at 03:00. New episodes will resume on Tuesday 3 January at 03:00)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Incorporated Season 1 –Fridays at 02:00 (Season 1 starts on Friday 2 December at 02:00)

Available on the following DStv Catch Up platforms:

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

New, Returning & Series Finales

Thursday 01 December 2016

20:00 Vikings 04b 0011 “The Outsider” *Season 4b Starts*

Epic Emmy nominated drama that follows a Norse hero and his band of Viking brothers in an age of discovery, violence and warriors.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Friday 02 December 2016

19:30 Silicon Valley 03 #28 “The Uptick” *Season 3 Ends*

Emmy-winning comedy following the triumphs and trials of a group of underdogs in Silicon Valley. Erlich’s publicity success leaves Richard in a moral quandary, in the season finale.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

20:00 Longmire 05 0010 The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of” *Season 5 Ends*

Based on the best-selling novels, this crime drama follows the cases of a county sheriff. Henry and Cady face tribal rituals as Walt learns more about the lawsuit, in the season finale.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Sunday 04 December 2016

20:50 Vice Special Report: Fighting Isis

The Emmy Award-winning actuality series takes viewers to the front lines in Iraq, where Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish forces are fighting for their lives.

Monday 05 December 2016

20:00 Incorporated 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

Executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon back this thriller, set in a dystopian future where a powerful corporation has seemingly unlimited authority, and one man looks to infiltrate their control.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

21:00 Westworld 01 0010 *Season 1 Ends*

Emmy winner JJ Abrams (Lost) and Oscar nominee Jonathan Nolan (Memento) are behind this dark, sci-fi thriller about a world of artificial consciousness, where the old west and the new age collide.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Tuesday 06 December 2016

21:00 Banshee 04 0001 “Something Out Of The Bible” *Season 4 Starts*

The Emmy-winning thriller returns for a fourth and final season of gritty action and drama. In the season premiere, Lucas returns to Banshee to find everything dramatically changed.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

23:00 Lucifer 02 0010 (Lucifer will go on a production break from Wednesday 13 December. New episodes will resume on Wed 18 Jan at 23:40)

Based on the comic book character by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, this darkly entertaining crime drama stars Tom Ellis (Rush) as the charismatic Lord Of Hell, Lucifer, living a devilish life in LA.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Friday 09 December 2016

19:30 Difficult People 01 “Devil’s Three Way” (Double Episodes)

Executive produced by Golden Globe-winner Amy Poehler, this scathing comedy set in New York follows two struggling, jaded-and rather difficult- comedians.

20:00 Manhattan 01 #1 “You Always Hurt The One You Love” *Season 1 Starts*

22:15 American Horror Story 06 0010 “Chapter 10” *Series Ends*

Monday 12 December 2016

21:00 The Path 01 “What The Fire Throws” *Season 1 Starts*

In the series premiere of this provocative drama, Eddie (Golden Globe-nominee Aaron Paul) returns home after completing training for a controversial, mysterious faith-based organisation.

Friday 16 December 2016

21:05 Divorce 01 0010 *Season 1 Ends*

Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church star in this introspective dramedy about love, marriage and one woman’s story of a very long divorce.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Saturday 17 December 2016

18:00 Longmire 04 “What Happens On The Rez…” *Season 4 Binge Ends*

Based on the best-selling novels, Longmire follows the adventures of a troubled county Sheriff. In the season finale, Walt and Walker continue their desperate search for Gabrielle.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Saturday 17 December 2016

21:05 Deutschland 83’ 01 0001 “Quantum Jump” *Season 1 Starts*

Critically acclaimed and captivating, this intense Cold War miniseries premieres with the introduction of Martin Rauch, a young spy recruited to infiltrate the West German army.

Sunday 18 December 2016

21:00 The Idol (Movie)

Based on the rags-to-riches story of popular Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, an aspiring young musician from a war-torn Gaza enters the ‘Arab Idol’ singing competition.

Monday 19 December 2016

19:00 Killjoys 02 0010 “How To Kill Friends And Influence People” *Season 2 Ends*

The producers of ‘Orphan Black’ are behind this sci-fi drama. As the Killjoys work to save the Quad, lines are crossed and not everyone survives, in the season finale.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Wednesday 21 December 2016

21:05 Shameless 07 0012 *Season 7 Ends*

The critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated exploits of the dysfunctional Gallagher family continue in this Emmy Award-winning dramedy.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Thursday 22 December 2016

21:00 Outlander 02 0013 “Dragonfly In Amber” *Season 2 Ends*

Golden Globe-nominated historical drama that follows the tale of a woman who’s mysteriously transported back in time. In the season finale, the Battle of Culloden begins in the 18th century.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Friday 23 December 2016

21:05 Togetherness 02 0001 #09 “Hotels” *Season 2 Starts*

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Saturday 24 December 2016

00:00 The Night Of 01 0001 “Part 1 – The Beach” *Season 1 Binge Starts*

The acclaimed writers of Schindler’s List penned this dark crime drama. In the series premiere, a Pakistani-American college student in New York City is implicated in a brutal murder.

Sunday 25 December 2016

18:00 Person Of Interest 05 0001 “B.S.O.D” *Season 5 Binge Starts*

Emmy nominated crime drama that follows a millionaire and a former CIA operative who stop crimes. In the season premiere, Reese and Finch must rescue the Machine’s source code before it deteriorates.

Tuesday 27 December 2016

20:00 The Americans 04 0013 “Persona Non Grata” *Season 4 Ends*

Emmy nominees Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell return for this critically acclaimed spy thriller. Phillip and Elizabeth race against the FBI to recover a hazardous package, in the season finale.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

Wednesday 28 December 2016

21:10 Flesh And Bone 01 “Bulling Through” *Season 1 Starts*

The writer of Breaking Bad created this emotionally gripping drama about a troubled young dancer’s dream of making it in the cutthroat world of ballet.

Friday 30 December 2016

19:30 Difficult People 01 “Difficult Christmas” *Season 1 Ends*

Executive produced by Golden Globe-winner Amy Poehler, this scathing comedy set in New York follows two struggling, jaded-and rather difficult- comedians.

22:10 American Horror Story 06 0013 *Season 6 Ends*

The terror continues in the frightening, mysterious and deeply creepy sixth season of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning horror series created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Scream Queens).

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE and EXPLORA

mcity115

M-Net City December Line-up

New, Returning & Series Finales

Friday 09 December 2016

20:00 The Catch 01 0010 “The Wedding” *Season 1 Ends*

Emmy nominee Shonda Rhimes (The Fixer, Grey’s Anatomy) produces this intriguing crime drama. In the season finale, Sybil devises a well-orchestrated con at a high-profile wedding.

Monday 12 December 2016

21:00 Scorpion 02 0025 “Toby Or Not Toby” *Season 2 Ends*

A genius and his team are enlisted by the government in this crime drama. The team must outthink their unstable ex-Scorpion member after he kidnaps Toby, in the season finale.

Tuesday 13 December 2016

21:00 The Blacklist 03 0001 “The Troll Farmer” *Season 3 Starts*

Golden Globe nominee James Spader stars as the FBI’s most wanted man in this acclaimed crime drama. In the season premiere, Red and Liz are hunted by the FBI, and must look to a Blacklister for help.

Thursday 15 December 2016

18:00 Blindspot 01 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

The Emmy nominated creator of Arrow helms this thrilling drama. A beautiful amnesiac (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked in Times Square, covered in mysterious tattoos that soon become an intriguing mystery.

21:00 Game Of Silence 01 “Pilot” *Season1 Starts*

The producer of CSI penned this gripping drama. In the series premiere, successful lawyer Jackson Brooks confronts his long-buried secrets when his estranged childhood friends resurface.

Monday 19 December 2016

23:00 Knick, The 02 0010 #20 “This Is All We Are” *Season 2 Ends*

Golden Globe winning actor Clive Owen stars as a pioneering surgeon in this acclaimed drama. In the season finale, Thackery rejects Zinberg’s advice and opts for a risky alternative course of action.

Tuesday 20 December 2016

23:00 Black Box 01 0001 “Kiss The Sky” *Season 1 Starts*

Kelly Reilly (True Detective) and Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave star in this medical drama, about a brilliant neuroscientist, who, in the series premiere, treats a manic teen with a brain tumour.

Tuesday 27 December 2016

22:00 Gotham 02 0022 “Transference” *Season 2 Ends*

The creator of the acclaimed series Rome penned this comic book tale of Gotham City. In the season finale, the city of Gotham is met with a new threat as Strange’s inmates devise a plan to escape.

Wednesday 28 December 2016

22:00 Better Call Saul 02 “Switch” *Season 2 Starts*

The award winning creator of Breaking Bad pens this Golden Globe nominated drama about a shifty lawyer. Mike decides to sever his affiliation with an unrestrained associate, in the season premiere.

Thursday 29 December 2016

20:00 Heartbeat 01 0010 “What Happens In Vegas…Happens” *Season 1 Ends*

Heartfelt medical drama starring Melissa George. In the season finale, a mysterious and deadly illness sends the hospital into a lockdown.

mfamily162

M-Net Family December Line-up

New, Returning & Series Finales

Thursday 01 December 2016

19:30 Once Upon A Time 05 0023 “An Untold Story” *Season 5 Ends*

With the possibility of magic being destroyed and the fate of Storybrooke hanging in the balance, it’s a race for Emma and Regina to track down Henry before Gold can find him first.

21:30 Castle 08 0001 “XY” *Season 8 Starts*

Emmy nominated drama that follows the adventures of a murder-mystery novelist who solves crimes. In the season premiere, a call from a mysterious stranger ignites an explosive chain of events.

Monday 05 December 2016

17:00 The Doctors 09 0002 “Caffeine Bracelet Put To Test! Dangerous Drug Trend: Anti-Diarrhea Meds? Scarred By Dog Attack!” *Season 9 Repeats Starts*

Five medical experts weigh in on compelling issues and dispense valuable information about health topics.

19:30 Chicago Med 01 0018 “Timing” *Season 1 Ends*

The creator of Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. penned this medical spin-off series. In the season finale, Sarah’s graduation day finally arrives, but she remains conflicted about mapping out her career plans.

Friday 09 December 2016

20:30 Marvel’s Agent Carter 02 0010 “Hollywood Ending” *Season 2 Ends*

Peggy needs Howard Stark to eliminate Zero Matter as they are faced with a mission none of them could come back from.

21:30 Supergirl 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 12 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them.

Friday 16 December 2016

18:00 The Middle 07 0001 “Not Your Brother’s Drop Off” *Season 7 Starts*

Follow the Emmy-nominated adventures of one of TV’s most lovable families, The Hecks. Sue is super excited to leave for college, but disaster strikes at the last minute, in the season premiere.

18:30 The Voice 10 0044 “Final Results – Part 2” *Season 10 Ends*

The tenth season of the popular Emmy winning singing competition returns, with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera back on the coaches’ chairs.

Friday 30 December 2016

19:30 Bob’s Burgers 06 0001 “Sliding Bobs” *Season 6 Starts*

In the Season 6 premiere, Bob laments his recent hair loss, so a nostalgic Linda recalls how it was actually his mustache that made her fall for him many years back.

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ – Tickets On Sale Monday!

BE THE FIRST TO JOIN THE REBELLION

SA AUDIENCES WILL BE ABLE TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS FOR “ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY” FROM MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER

rogue-one-poster

#GoRogueSA

Tickets for the eagerly awaited next story from the Star Wars Universe will go on sale in South Africa from 09:00 AM on Monday 28th November. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will hit SA cinemas from Thursday 15th December and buying advance tickets will give you the chance to be one of the first in SA to experience this year’s Star Wars cinematic adventure. The final trailer for the film has generated huge excitement across the globe and the anticipation for Rogue One this Christmas is out of this world!

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in South African cinemas on 15 December, 2016.

Tickets will be on sale here: www.rogueone.co.za

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in SA cinemas on Thursday 15 December 2016