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M-Net Movies February 2018 Highlights

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Table 19

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:30
Year:2017
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
Rating:13L

A great all-star romcom. The maid of honour is relieved of her duties after breaking up with the bride’s brother. She finds herself seated at the wedding’s worst table.

Sunday,11 February 2018

Fanatic

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:30
Year:2017
Cast: Betsy Brandt, Benjamin Arthur, Katy Breier
Director: Jean-François Rivard
Genre:Thriller
Rating:16VL

A film that resonates with the storm that hit Hollywood in 2017 as hundreds of women have come forward with complaints about crude sexism in the entertainment industry. In this instance the focus is on the discrepancy between an actress’s persona and the image she projects on screen.

Tess is sick of the sexy stereotype she portrays in a popular sci-fi series, but finds it hard to walk away. When she hits a crisis in her private life, she confides in the wrong person.

Sunday,18 February 2018

The Space Between Us  

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:30
Year:2017
Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino
Director: Peter Chelsom
Genre: Adventure, Drama.
Rating:PG13VL

Romance and science fiction collide in outer space in a story that explores the miracle of the blue planet thatn its most advanced inhabitants – humans – have come to the verge of destroying.

A woman falls pregnant during a mission to mars, and the boy child who enters the universe is raised in secret. But as happens so often, the secret is revealed, leading to the adventure of the boy’s life: a trip to planet Earth.

Read the SAMDB review of The Space Between Us.

Sunday,25 February 2018

Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:30
Year:2016
Cast: Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, Barbara Niven.
Director: Kristoffer Tabori (as K.T. Donaldson)
Genre: N/A
Rating: E13

Alison Sweeney returns for another thrilling drama. After the town sheriff is murdered during election time, Hannah must find the real killer.

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Friday, 2 February 2018

Monsters vs Aliens

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 17:25
Year:2009
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert
Directors: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Genre: Animated.
Rating: PG

The first Dreamworks film created in stereoscopic 3D – a far more striking technique than the kind that adds 3D upon a films completion, but is also more costly – $15-million more in this instance. Not to worry: it raked in $381.5-million at the box office.

A meteor strikes the earth, and a bride-to-be is transformed into a giant! This suits the US government just fine, as they need someone to lead a band of monsters to stave off an alien attack.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

GadgetGang In Outer Space

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 09:50
Year:2017
Genre: Animated
Rating: PG
Cast: Danilo Gentili, Brian Munn, Mia Kowalski
Director: Ale McHaddo

A Brazilian CGI-animated space adventure dubbed into English from the original Portuguese. The creators set out to make a film that will appeal to all ages – and succeeded admirably.

Mayhem erupts when a spaceship makes a crash landing on Earth and a crew of cute little aliens do their best to find shelter where no one will see them. The GadgetGang discovers that the Earth is under threat from a power-hungry space mogul.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Moana

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 18:13
Year:2016
Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Genres: Animated, Comedy.
Rating: PG

One of the most beautiful films in the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios was a smash hit with audiences the world over, earning $640-million at the box office in spite of a complicated, mystical storyline and scenes that might be too scary for the very young.

A powerful relic has been stolen from a nurturing goddess, who loses all her powers. An entire region is dying as a result. The ocean chooses the daughter of a village chief to return the relic and save the people from starvation.

Read the SAMDB review of Moana.

Monday 5 February 2018

Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Last Scene Alive

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 18:25
Year:2017
Cast: Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner, Yannick Bisson
Director: Martin Hood
Genre: N/A
Rating:E13

Aurora Teagarden is back! The seventh instalment of the popular Hallmark film series about an amateur detective takes an unexpected turn when the lines between the “real Aurora” and a fictional namesake become blurred.

Aurora, a librarian who dabbles in solving cases that the police can’t, becomes the subject of a Hollywood film. When the actress who portrays her is killed, Aurora must put the books aside and investigate.

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Barbie In Spy Squad

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 14:32
Year:2016
Cast: Erica Lindbeck, Stephanie Sheh, Jenny Pellicer
Director: Conrad Helten
Genre: Animated
Rating: FAM

Little girls the world over have seen Barbie as a role model, and she returns to the screen in an adventure that proves that no one should ever underestimate a girl’s toughness just because she is pretty.

Barbie and two of her friends become star gymnasts… but the plot thickens when they uncover a dangerous conspiracy. Now they have keep their wits together to unravel a dark mystery!

Sunday 11 February 2018

The Reef 2: High Tide

M-Net Movies Smile DStv Channel 105 at 17:05
Year:2012
Cast: Drake Bell, Andy Dick, Frankie Jonas
Directors: Mark A.Z. Dippé, Taedong Park
Genres: Family,Animated.
Rating: PG

The wonders of life under the sea never fail to astound us, and a spate of animated films, starting with The Little Mermaid, have encouraged kids to explore the strange beauty from a more scientific angle where the fish, if they do talk, speak a language we haven’t deciphered yet.

A little fish called Pi is a true hero. He uses sea power to protect his friends and family against every predator you can think of. Even sharks! But now the sharks gang up on him, and this time he will need some help to save the reef.

Monday 12 February 2018

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Year:2017
Cast: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, DeRay Davis |
Director: Shinji Aramaki
Genres: Animated, Action.
Rating:16VL

The Fifth instalment in the Star Troopers animated series, an American-Japanese coproduction. After a three-film hiatus, the stars of the original show, Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return to the fold.

Giant bugs are running amok on Mars, and Federation trooper Johnny Rico is given the near-impossible task of keeping them at bay with only raw recruits to assist him.

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Barbie: A Fairy Secret

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 16:10
Year:2011
Cast: Diana Kaarina, Adrian Petriw, Britt Irvin
Director: William Lau
Genres: Animated, Fantasy.
Rating: FAM

The 19th instalment of the Barbie film series. Her screen career is on the up-and-up; little girls around the world will never tire of her beauty!

Barbie discovers that there at fairies all around us, and when Ken  disappears, she is shocked to find the fairies are responsible! She must put aside her rivalry with Raquelle, who can help her to get him back.

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Baby, Baby, Baby

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 21:02
Year:2017
Cast: Adrianne Palicki, Brian Klugman, Michaela Conlin
Director: Brian Klugman
Genre: N/A
Rating:E16

A romcom that probes an age-old dilemma: Artists of all kind – painters, dancers, etc –can be intriguing and exciting at first, but turn out to be intolerably needy. If their partner suffers from the same “affliction,” it’s nothing but trouble.

Sydney and Sunny appear to be a match made in heaven. He’s an actor and she’s a painter, and they understand each other’s quests of the imagination. But then Sydney starts imagining silly things about their relationship, which threatens to drive Sunny away.

Thursday 15 February 2018

Barbie: Star Light Adventure

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 15:25
Year:2016
Cast: Erica Lindbeck, Robbie Daymond, Kimberly Woods
Directors: Andrew Tan, Michael Goguen
Genre: Animated
Rating:FAM

She has travelled the world. Next destination: the stars! Yes, there is simply no stopping Barbie, every little girl’s perfect role model. The film is the 33rd in the series created by Mattel Entertainment. It inspired a new toy range, a story book and a comic.

Barbie is having the time of her life… until she notices something strange in the night sky: the stars appear to be dimming! Barbie decides to travel to Capital Planet to restore the stars to their old lustre.

Saturday 17 February 2018

Tarzan 3d

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 16:00
Year:2013
Cast: Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Joe Cappelletti
Director: Reinhard Klooss
Genres: Animated, Adventure, Drama.
Rating:PG13V

A computer-generated animated retelling of the history of Tarzan, who was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs more than a hundred years ago. Tarzan has outshone every other hero in the history of cinema: more than 200 movies bear his name!

Tarzan, raised in the jungle after his parents had died in a plane crash, is instantly infatuated when he lays his eyes on Jane Porter – whom he soon has to rescue when she is bitten by a viper. He succeeds, but now the two of them face a far greater challenge.

Saturday 20 February 2018

Minions

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 19:00
Year:2015
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Genres: Family, Animated, Comedy.
Rating: PG

Sandra Bullock and Michael Keaton lend their distinctive voices to a spinoff (and prequel) that scaled great heights at the box office. It raked in an astonishing $1.159-billion, easily outdoing both films in the Despicable Me film franchise that spawned it.

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are delighted to be recruited by super-villain Scarlett Overkill, whose mission is to rule the world, no less. But soon it becomes clear that every single minion may soon be wiped off Planet Earth.

Read the SAMDB review of Minions.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Perfect Match

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Year:2016
Cast: Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura, Paula Patton
Director: Bille Woodruff
Genres: Comedy, Romance.
Rating:16SNL

An American romantic comedy about the perils of trading a “perfect” bachelor’s existence for a “perfect” relationship in search of “perfect” happiness. As it turns out, “perfection”, in love and in life, is a silly delusion.

Charlie is handsome and bright and never has a shortage of female admirers. He is also determined to stay single and reap the benefits of his popularity. Then his friends pose a challenge to him: Stick with one woman for a month, and see how it touches your heart…

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Nut Job

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 06:50
Year:2014
Cast:  Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Jeff Dunham
Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Genres: Animated, Adventure.
Rating: PG

The beautifully crafted animated feature shows it’s easy to go nuts when your winter food supply is destroyed. Desperation can even drive you to a point where you cut a deal with a nutcase!

Surly Squirrel is kicked out of his community after making a big mistake,  and he joins his ratty mate Buddy in a devious caper. When humans arrive on the scene with a lot more than nuts on their mind, things turn really, really  nasty.

Read the SAMDB review of The Nut Job.

Friday 26 January 2017

Open Season: Scared Silly

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 17:18
Year:2016
Cast: Donny Lucas, William Townsend, Melissa Sturm
Director: David Feiss
Genres :Animated, Comedy.
Rating: PG

Boog, Elliot and friends are back in the fourth instalment of the Open Season animated film franchise. As always, they have a rough time out in the woods, where a brutal rule is applied: If you’re not a predator, you must be somebody’s lunch!

Elliot scares Boog out of the annual summer camping trip with a campfire story about a werewolf. In order to persuade Boog to change his mind, Elliot adopts an unlikely tactic: he wants to scare his friend’s fears away!

Monday 26 February 2018

Madagascar

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105,at 18:33
Year:2005
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Animated.
Rating: PG

Dreamworks signed up two of the world’s top funnymen, Chris Rock and Benn Stiller, to provide the voices of the film’s leading “actors”, and along with the animation crew created one of the most memorable and unlikely friendships in cinematic history: between a zebra and a lion.

Life in the zoo is pleasant enough. There is ample food, first-rate lodgings and friends aplenty. And yet, Marty the zebra yearns for the thrills of life out in the wild. His makes his break and his friends – a lion, a hippo and a giraffe – set off after him to try and convince him to return… to no avail, of course.

Saturday 27 January 2018

Barbie & Her Sisters In The Puppy Pursuit

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 11:26
Year:2016
Cast: Alex Barima, Kathleen Barr, Natasha Calis
Directors: Conrad Helten, Michael Goguen
Genres: Family, Animated.
Rating: FAM

Another action-packed adventure in the Barbie film series. This time she is joined by her sisters – and the most adorable puppies you have ever laid eyes on.

Barbie is heading for Hawaii to take part in a dance contest  with the help of her sisters. Oh dear, the puppies they have brought along go on the run, and Barbie must find them before the competition.

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Hidden Figures

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Year:2016
Cast: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Director: Theodore Melfi
Genres: Drama, Biography.
Rating:PG13L

A biopic of three female African-American mathematicians who worked tirelessly for NASA during the space race, making the vital computations that assured John Glenn’s safe launch into orbit and return to earth.

Katherine Gobel, a black woman, surprises her NASA bosses with her astonishing mathematical skills and prove that their prejudice against her are unfounded. But many racial and gender barriers remain in place – until talent and determination break them down for good.

Read the SAMDB review of Hidden Figures.

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Finding Dory

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 17:21
Year:2016
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence
Director: Andrew Stanton
Genres: Animated, Comedy.
Rating: PG

In the sequel to Finding Nemo, one the most popular animated films of all time, the characters embark on another frightening adventure. It found favour with kids and adults alike and became one of those rare jewels that cross the $1-billion mark at the turnstiles.

Dory, a lovable little fish – a regal blue tang – gets separated from her parents and can’t find her way back to them, as she suffers from amnesia. A long and arduous search ensues with love and friendship as her guiding lights.

Compact

Friday Night Action Movie offering on M-Net Movies Action

Friday 2 February 2018

Ghost Rider 

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Year:2007
Genres: Action, Romance, Thriller.
Rating:13V

Nicolas Cage fires up this comic book outing as the demonic Ghost Rider. After selling his soul to the devil, a famous motorcyclist must stop a demon from creating hell on earth.

Friday 9 February 2018

Knock Off

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Genre: Action
Rating:16V

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and funny man Rob Schneider make an unlikely team in this action film. The two fight a Hong Kong based terrorist group who threaten the world.

Friday 16 February 2018

Conspiracy Theory

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Genres: Action, Mystery, Crime.
Rating:13V

An engrossing, comedy-spiked thriller starring Mel Gibson. A conspiracy theory-obsessed New York cab driver is kidnapped by CIA operatives.

Friday 23 February 2018

Unthinkable

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Year:2010
Genres: Drama, Thriller.
Rating:18VL

Morality is blurred in this Samuel L. Jackson thriller. An agent resorts to extreme torture to find the location of nuclear bombs planted in three cities.

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Sunday,4 February 2018

The Big Wedding

M-Net Movies Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Year:2013
Cast: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl.
Director: Justin Zackham
Genre: Comedy
Rating:13SNL

In this comedy about family, Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton play divorcees who fake their marriage at a family wedding. Chaos reigns when their lie becomes too big to hide.

Sunday,11 February 2018

We Are Your Friends

M-Net Movies Stars, DStv Channel 111 20:30
Year:2015
Cast: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski.
Director: Max Joseph
Genre: Music.
Rating:16SL

Zac Efron enters the very murky and addictive world of DJs. An aspiring DJ has to navigate through the temptations of the industry as he looks for fame and fortune.

Sunday,-18 February 2018

The Benefactor

M-Net Movies Stars, DStv Channel 111 20:00
Year:2015
Cast: Andrew Renzi.
Director: Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James
Genre: Drama.
Rating:13VL

Richard Gere is a man filled with guilt in this drama. After losing his best friends in an accident a millionaire tries to help their daughter, but what is his true motive?

Sunday,25 February 2018

Before We Go

M-Net Movies Stars, DStv Channel 111 20:00
Year:2014
Cast: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick
Director: Chris Evans
Genres: Comedy, Cult, Romance.
Rating:13L

Chris Evans (The Avengers) makes his directorial debut with this romcom. Two strangers, brought together by circumstance grow close to each other through a string of events.

Read the SAMDB review of Before We Go.

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Saturday 3 February 2018

Doctor Strange

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110,at 20:00
Year:2016
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Director: Scott Derrickson
Genres: Action, Fantasy.
Rating:PG13VL

Benedict Cumberbatch dons a cape for this visually mesmerising Marvel superhero fantasy. A brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the powerful world of the mystic arts.

Read the SAMDB review of Doctor Strange.

Saturday 17 February 2018

Don’t Breathe

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110,at 22:00
Year:2016
Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette.
Director: Fede Alvarez.
Genres: Horror, Thriller.
Rating:16VL

Thrilling horror that takes your breath away. A trio of teenagers break into a blind man’s home, but he’s far from helpless and the thieves soon become the prey.

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Keeping Up With The Joneses

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Year:2016
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm.
Director: Greg Mottola.
Genres: Action, Comedy.
Rating:13VSL

A star studded comedy filled with chaos and danger. Obsessed with their seemingly perfect neighbours, a couple discover that their new friends are actually international spies.

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Battle Los Angeles

M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan
Director: Jonathan Liebesman

A big-budget military sci-fi drama that is fast becoming a cult favourite of the genre. It seamlessly fuses imagination and reality; the war scenes are portrayed realistically, even though the enemy is an attack force from outer space.

Major cities are being struck by meteorites, and before scientists can find an explanation, it becomes clear that they transport alien invaders. The US President commands a full-on counter-attack to repel the enemy.

Access

Rocky comes to M-Net Movies Zone every weekend in February.

Saturday 3 February 2018

Rocky

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 19:00
Year:1976
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Genres:
Rating: PG13VL

Grit, heart and an outstanding Sylvester Stallone performance run this iconic film that inspired a generation. A small-time boxer gets the chance to fight the heavyweight champ.

Saturday 10 February 2018

Rocky II

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 19:00
Year:1979
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Genres: Drama, Action Drama.
Rating: PG13VL

Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers re-enter the ring for this sequel. This time Rocky is not just fighting in the ring, he is fighting to keep his family together.

Saturday 17 February 2018

Rocky III

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 18:55
Year:1982
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Genres: Action, Sport.
Rating: PG13VL

Sylvester Stallone gives a stunning performance in this third film. After being world champion Rocky falls on hard times and seeks the help of his former enemy.

Sunday 18 February 2018

Rocky IV

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 18:25
Year:1985
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Genres: Action, Sport.
Rating: PG13VL

Boxing meets Cold War politics in the fourth film in the franchise. Rocky challenges the Russian boxer that killed Creed in the ring.

Saturday 24 February 2018

Rocky V

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 19:25
Year:1990
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Director: John G. Avildsen
Genres: Drama, Action.
Rating: PG13VL

Sylvester Stallone discovers that nothing lasts forever in this emotional instalment of the Rocky Franchise. Rocky and his son must deal with bankruptcy and betrayal.

Sunday 25 February 2018

Rocky Balboa

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 18:15
Year:2006
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia
Director: Sylvester Stallone.
Genre: Drama.

Rating: PG13VL

Sylvester Stallone writes, directs and stars in the touching sixth chapter of the franchise. A much older Rocky comes out of retirement to face the reigning heavyweight champ.

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