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DStv Content Discovery: 2 – 8 August 2019

M-Net is dishing up a legal drama feast on Thursday nights, with the final season of the popular series Suits and its brand-new spin-off series, Pearson, kicking off from 8 August.

Suits S9 starts on Thursday 8 August on M-Net (101) at 20:10

In the ninth season premiere of the high-stakes legal drama, Harvey and Samantha fight to salvage the firm’s tarnished reputation in the wake of Robert Zane’s self-sacrifice to save Harvey. With Jessica back in Chicago, Harvey rallies the troops, including Donna Paulsen, Louis Litt and Alex Williams, in a bid to restore the firm’s former glory. There’s been much speculation about Meghan Markle’s appearance in the season 9 trailer, but whether we’ll actually get to see a Rachel cameo remains to be seen.

Pearson S1 starts on Thursday 8 August on M-Net (101) at 21:10

Following straight after Suits is the series premiere of spin-off series, Pearson, that sees the poised and once-infallible Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) start her new job in the Mayor’s office in Chicago as a fixer. Having left New York with her tail between her legs after being disbarred, Jessica hopes to reunite with her family in the windy city of Chicago.

Lovers of thrillers will find themselves engrossed in M-Net Sunday movie. A Simple Favor sees a conservative single mother being inadvertently caught up in a dangerous situation when she befriends the glamorous, wealthy mother of one of her son’s schoolfriends. The all-star cast includes Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.

See Gordon Ramsay in a brand-new light in the adventurous new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted on National Geographic. As he travels around the globe, he will be pursuing culinary inspiration in a totally different way, roaring through valleys, diving into oceans, hiking through forests and scaling mountains.

Wildlife series Serengeti starts on BBC Earth this week. It follows the interconnected stories of a cast of savannah animals over one year, presented in a bold new format. From warthogs to lions, mongoose to cheetahs, a cast of our favourite African animal characters will be filmed closer and more intimately than ever before, using ground breaking filming techniques and pioneering technology.

LOCAL

Two Families and a Wedding Dress on Wednesdays on BET (129) at 21:30

Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding dress for their big day. For most, that super-expensive designer gown is destined to remain a dream, but in this show, a dress fit for a princess, worth an astounding R30 000, could become a reality. The final choice will be made by the bride-to-be’s family and soon-to-be in-laws. The show is hosted by award-winning presenter Thembisa Mdoda, with narration by the spirited Moshe Ndiki.

Idols S15 on Sunday 4 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 17:30

The blind auditions are now done and it’s off to theatre week for the contestants. New rules mean more pressure, with the coaches and the judges raising the bar. The singers are now grouped into teams and the first round of eliminations have the contestants in a panic.

Grass Roots S1 on Fridays on 1Magic (103) at 19:30

Monwabisi and Asanda are at the mercy of the senior boys as hazing season gets underway at St. Sebastian’s. After arriving in Johannesburg to compete for a rugby scholarship, the two boys were initially rivals, both aiming for the same scholarship, but being the underdogs has brought them together.

Lui Maar Op, Belinda S3 starts on Monday 5 August on kykNET (144) at 20:00

This sitcom revolves around the staff at a general store in George, in the Southern Cape. Belinda (Brümilda van Rensburg), a former actress who daydreams about her once-glamorous life, finds naughty letters between Maggie’s things and reads them shamelessly, even while Frans cautions her to let sleeping dogs lie. Annetjie (Annelisa Weiland) tries to find a partner for Dirkie, but it’s not as easy as she thought.

Ster-status S1 starts on Monday 5 August on VIA (147) at 18:00

Women’s empowerment project, Apprentesses SA, helps women between the ages of 20 and 35 realise their dreams of being in the spotlight. Whether the candidate hopes to become a model, singer, actress, businesswoman or journalist, the project’s brand-new reality competition show will help them get a foot in the door with mentoring and confidence-building as well as establishing contacts and gaining experience in the entertainment industry.

The Queen S4 on Friday 2 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 21:00

Brutus, Shaka and Zodwa plan their ambush on Harriet after being left behind in jail while Harriet and her kids made bail. The Maake family suffer another loss and Mmabatho takes drastic steps to protect Baby Mzi.

No Excuse Pay Your Papgeld S2 on Saturday 3 August on MOJA LOVE (157) at 18:30

Award-winning Kwaito musician Dr Malinga hosts this series in which parents struggling with collecting payments for the maintenance of their children are given a platform to get assistance.

Liyana on Showmax

Combining documentary scenes and animation, Liyana is described as a hybrid documentary. It follows the story of a young Swazi girl who attempts to rescue her twin brothers after they’re kidnapped and is inspired by real-life stories.

SPORT

Football: Super Diski: ABSA Premiership on 3 and 4 August on SuperSport 4 (204) and SuperSport 7 (207) from 14:50

The ups and downs that are part of league football are likely to kick in on the first weekend of this season’s premier division action. Mamelodi Sundowns start the defence of their title with a match against SuperSport United on Saturday. Pirates, who finished second last season, play Bloemfontein Celtic and Amazulu face Wits, who was third on the 2018/’19 log, at 20:10. On Sunday, Kaizer Chiefs play Highlands Park and Golden Arrows face Maritzburg United.

Rugby: Currie Cup Premier Division 2 and 3 August on SuperSport 1 (201) at 14:45 and 17:00 and 19:00

Reputations don’t count for much in South Africa’s top regional rugby competition these days. Teams that used to crowd the top of the log now face serious challenges, right from the start of the season. Last season’s champions, the Sharks, face a stiff test when they play the Pumas in an away match on Saturday before the Blue Bulls face Griquas in Pretoria. Free State Cheetahs, always hard to beat at home, meet the Golden Lions on Friday.

Cricket: The Ashes: England v Australia first Test 1 to 5 August on SuperSport 2 (202) at 11:45

England are chasing a notable milestone when they meet Australia in the first of five Test matches at Edgbaston this week. The new (ODI) World Cup champions will even the Ashes score if they win the 71st series. Australia, the present champions, have won the little trophy 33 times; one more than England’s tally. Five series were drawn. The hosts are fielding one of their most formidable and exciting teams in years, but the Aussies showed signs of returning to domination during the World Cup tournament.

Motorsport: Formula 1: Hungarian Grand Prix 4 August on SuperSport 6 (206) at 13:35

Lewis Hamilton would have banished all thoughts of his German Grand Prix nightmare when he seeks to retain his Hungarian title in Mogyoród this weekend. The Briton still leads Valtteri Bottas by a healthy margin in the championship standings. Max Verstappen, who held off Sebastian Vettel in Germany, could also enhance his position on the 4km Hungaroring track. The practice rounds will be broadcast live at 20:45 and 14:45 on Friday and 11:45 on Saturday, followed by the qualifying battle at 14:55.

KIDS

A-X-L on Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 15:30

Pre-teens and teens will be caught up by this fast-paced, futuristic action-adventure movie. A teenager named Miles finds what looks like a piece of very expensive wrecked tech on a scrapheap, never suspecting the top-secret robotic dog will become his best friend. But A-X-L was designed as a weapon, and the scientists who built him want their pet project back. Now both boy and dog are in danger. Starring Alex Neustaeder, Thomas Jane and Becky G.

Disney Cook-About S3 on Saturday 3 August on Disney Channel (303) at 10:15

Disney’s fabulous, fun cooking game show, hosted by the hilarious Kirsten Mohamed and Mthunzi Ntoyi, is in Gauteng this season, putting young cooktestants through their paces as they vie for the Golden Trophy, and a R50 000 prize for their school. Along the way, kids will learn about healthy nutrition and pick up tips for preparing delicious dishes.

Teddles S1 on Saturday 3 August on CBeebies (306) at 10:55

These cute mini-stories with 2-minute songs will make the little ones laugh and help them learn about crucial life-skills like washing hands and tidying up, as the curious, confident Teddles is helped out by his kind friends when he makes mistakes. Today, Teddles doesn’t want to brush his teeth, but when he cheekily runs away, he bumps into Mr Walrus, who knows how important it is to look after your teeth.

Zog on Showmax

Zog is a young dragon determined to do well at Dragon School, where he learns about flying, roaring and breathing fire. But poor Zog experiences a few challenges along the way, many caused by his clumsiness. This is based on a brilliant Julia Donaldson best-seller (over 1,5 million copies sold) classic and was produced in South Africa by Triggerfish Studios as an award-winning 27 minute animated short with an all-star cast including Kit Harrington, Lenny Henry, Hugh Skinner and Tracey Ullman.

MOVIES

A Simple Favor premieres Sunday 4 August on M-Net (101) at 20:00

Described by Variety as a “clever, naughty suburban noir”, this slick thriller stars Anna Kendrick as suburban widow/vlogger Stephanie Smothers, and her bizarre relationship with fellow mom Emily, a power-dressing, enigmatic and cruel upper-class Blake Lively. As their friendship evolves over Martinis and oversharing, Emily asks Stephanie a simple favour – to collect her son from school one day, only to mysteriously vanish on the same day.

American Animals premieres Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 21:30

This crime drama is based on a real-life event in which a group of college students hatched a plan to rob their Kentucky university library’s rare book section, which included some of the most valuable books in existence, like a copy of Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) star in this movie, which Empire magazine calls a “knowing, blistering mix of heist flick and true-crime documentary”.

ATL on Friday 2 August on 1Magic (103) at 22:00

Nominated for a BET Hip Hop award for Best Movie, this coming-of-age-in-the-hood movie follows four friends as they try to make the most of their last few weeks of high school in their inner-city Atlanta neighbourhood before facing the challenges of looming adulthood. Featuring rapper T.I. and Evan Ross (son of Diana).

Lean on Pete on Showmax

If you remember shedding happy (or sad) tears during famous horse-and-child movies like Black Stallion and Flicka, prepare your tissue stash for Lean on Pete. Fifteen-year-old Charley befriends a retired racing quarter horse bound for the slaughterhouse and, in an attempt to escape his own unhappy homelife and save his new friend’s life, the two set off from Oregon to Canada in search of a new life together.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES

The Goldbergs S6 starts on Saturday 3 August on M-Net (101) at 17:30

Oddball 80s family, The Goldbergs, is back! The sitcom revolves around overbearing mom Beverly, deadbeat dad Murray, over-confident daughter Erica, quirky son Barry, and youngest son, geeky Adam, from whose viewpoint the series is told. The show is based on the real-life memories of show creator Adam F. Goldberg. The first episode of Season 6 sees Adam turn 16. He’s expecting his mom to make a huge deal about it but instead, he gets … nothing.

Departure S1 starts on Monday 5 August on Universal TV (117) at 20:00

When a passenger plane mysteriously disappears over the Atlantic Ocean, aviation investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife) is called in to find out what happened. The trail soon leads her to investigate her former boss and mentor Howard Lawson (Academy-award winner Christopher Plummer). Claire Forlani (Hawaii Five-0) also stars in this conspiracy thriller that’s been described as a “thrilling, high-octane drama”.

Snowfall S3 starts on Tuesday 6 August on 1Magic (103) at 21:30

AV Club calls this crime drama series “one of the most stylish, well-written shows on TV right now.” Revolving around the drug industry in Los Angeles in the 80s, this crime drama follows three characters on a violent collision course: drug dealer Franklin Saint, Mexican wrestler Gustavo ‘El Oso’ Zapata, and CIA agent Teddy McDonald.

Sweet Bitter S1 on Showmax

Tess moves to New York, eager to experience new things. She lands a job at a top restaurant and has to navigate life in the Big Apple along with the crazy world of the restaurant business. Based on the novel.

FACTUAL

Serengeti S1 starts on Sunday 4 August on BBC Earth (184) at 16:00

John Boyega (Finn from Star Wars) narrates this dramatised six-part natural history series that traces the interconnected stories of the Serengeti’s most iconic species. Using the latest ground-breaking technology and filming techniques, including drones and multiple static cameras, the series gets up-close and personal with the unique wildlife in this unspoilt pocket of the African savannah. In this episode, Kali, a brave lioness, has broken the golden rules of family life by having cubs with an outsider.

Murder Loves Company S1 starts on Tuesday 6 August on Investigation Discovery (171) at 21:00

This chilling new real-life murder mystery series looks at crimes that have happened within close-knit groups of people, from co-workers and friends to neighbours in a tight-knit community. Each case unfolds to reveal that someone in the group will be murdered … and someone in the group is the killer. The series opens with a girls’ movie night that ends tragically for a group of college roommates, leading police to search halfway across the state for the killer.

Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy on Showmax

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Out There with Jack Randall S1 starts on Wednesday 7 August on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

Zoologist Jack Randall takes a walk on the extremely wild side, searching for rare, endangered, iconic and exotic species in some of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. In the season premiere, Jack ventures into the remote Northern Territory of Australia to search for six dangerous pythons.

REALITY

Gordon Ramsay Uncharted starts on Wednesday 7 August on National Geographic (181) at 21:00

Get out of the kitchen and onto the unbeaten path to follow the Michelin-starred chef and Ironman athlete Gordon Ramsay as he meets indigenous locals around the globe to learn about the cultures, dishes and flavours unique to each far-flung location. From South America to New Zealand, Alaska to Morocco, each episode concludes with Ramsay putting his newfound skills (and ingredients) to the test as he cooks up an exotic feast with a local legend.

Race Across the World on Friday 2 August on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00

Upping the ante on the reality travel shows we’ve seen before, contestants have to make their way from London to Singapore … without setting foot on a plane … or with the help of a smartphone, or card payments, and on the meagre budget of what a one-way flight would have cost them.

The Hills: New Beginnings on Thursday 8 August on MTV (130) at 15:00

There’s drama at the crystal party as Audrina confronts Justin about that little “goodbye” kiss, while Brody has some honest conversations about his failed relationship with father Caitlyn, as well as with his one-time best friend, Spencer.

Seann Walsh – Seann to be Wild on Tuesday 6 August on BBC Brit (120) at 20:00

With his trademark deeply personal observational humour, Walsh dishes on the life of an incapable 21st century male, from dealing with the crippling self-consciousness he suffers from in public spaces, to his love-hate relationship with alcohol.

BOXOFFICE

The Grinch (2018) premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice

Cindy-Lou Who and the people of Who-ville love everything about Christmas, but The Grinch cannot stand it. When he realises they want to make Christmas three times bigger than ever before, he devises a plan to steal it from them. The only person standing in his way is that outrageously happy girl, Cindy-Lou. Pharrell Williams narrates and Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this latest animated comedy adaptation of the Dr. Seuss children’s classic.

Sew the Winter to My Skin premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice

Ezra Mabengeza, Nomhle Nkonyeni, Antoinette Louw, Brenda Ngxoli and Kandyse McClure star in this emotionally charged and beautifully filmed action-drama by acclaimed controversial South African filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka (Of Good Report). Set in the 1950s, it reimagines the historical 12-year manhunt for “the Samson of Boschberg”, John Kepe, a mid-century Robin Hood and stock thief, dubbed an outlaw by the ruling apartheid government, but a hero to the poor.

What Men Want premieres on Thursday 8 August on BoxOffice

Inspired by What Women Want, the 2000 romantic comedy that starred Mel Gibson, What Men Want sees the roles reversed as a dynamic sports agent (Taraji P Henson), undermined in her male-dominated profession, gains an unexpected advantage after she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

What They Had premieres on Monday 5 August on BoxOffice

When Bridget’s mother falls victim to Alzheimer’s, her brother pleads with her to come home to help with the caregiving. Upon her return, she finds that not much has changed and her father’s refusal to accept the situation doesn’t make matters easy. Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster star in this insightful drama with moments of authentic humour that will make you recognise your own loved ones in its poignant study of a family in crisis.

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Take Cover As Swords Are Drawn And Bullets Fly On The M-Net Movies Epic Battle Pop-Up Channel

Between 22 February and 10 March 2019, fans of sports-themed movies will own the remote for the M-Net Movies Game On Pop-Up channel (channel 109 on DStv).

There will be battles raging in boxing rings, on baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, ice rinks and wherever else blood, sweat… and jeers are part of a normal day.

And as soon as the dust has settled, war gets real. The next Pop-Up channel in the M-Net Movies stable is built around the biggest conflicts of all time.

The M-Net Movies Epic Battles Pop-Up channel will explode onto the screens of DStv Premium customers from Friday 22 March until Sunday, 14 April. These 24-days of thrilling, shocking and heart-breaking top-notch cinema will feature more than 70 films, showcasing the greatest war stories ever told, battles that shaped human history for more than two millennia. You can almost smell the cordite of the trenches, or feel the earth move as a tank brigade rumbles towards enemy lines.

The adrenaline starts pumping on the first weekend with historical epics such as Troy and Rise of an Empire at 20:00, followed at 22:00 by films about the Vietnam War – an event that left an indelible scar on an entire generation of Americans. More than 50 000 US soldiers never returned. The war is depicted brilliantly in classics such as Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, and Full Metal Jacket.

The major battles of World War II, the most destructive conflict the world has ever seen, is featured in films such as Pearl Harbour, a re-imagining of the day that sparked America’s entry into the war, and Saving Private Ryan, a tale of selflessness and bravery of the first rank. Imaginary interstellar conflict is the theme of Independence Day and War of The Words, and the channel will turns back the clock for the great battles from way back in Braveheart, Kingdom of Heaven and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Alongside the stark reality of films inspired by real events, viewers will be able to indulge in pure fantasy, such as: Pirates of The Caribbean, Transformers and Lord of The Rings.

Each day’s viewing will end around midnight.

The full schedule with be communicated in due course.

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Critically Acclaimed Film The Tale Coming To M-Net Movies Premiere Channel 104

Sundance Grand Prize winner and Emmy® nominee, director Jennifer Fox has had great success with her powerful film The Tale. After a very special and moving invite-only screening in Johannesburg on Monday 16 July and debuting at the Durban International Film Festival, the film revised rave reviews.

The Tale is written and directed by Jennifer Fox and is based on her own true story. It chronicles one woman’s powerful investigation into her own childhood memories, as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual experience – and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Due to the importance of the subject matter, M-Net Movies Premiere decided that it would be ideal to screen this film on its channel during the Women’s Month celebrations.

To see this pertinent and poignant HBO film, The Tale, tune in to M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104 on Monday 6 August at 22:00.

Emmy® nominee and Sundance Grand Prize winner director Jennifer Fox has had great success with her powerful film The Tale and M-Net Movies will be screening this relevant, contemporary exploration in to one woman’s harrowing experience on M-Net Movies Premiere (channel 104 on DStv) on Monday 06 August at 22:00.

A powerful film, The Tale is written and directed by Jennifer Fox and is bravely based on her own story of abuse. It chronicles one woman’s overwhelming investigation into her childhood memories, where she’s forced to re-examine her first sexual experience. The film serves as an intimate exploration into the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

After its debut at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), as well as a special invite-only screening in Johannesburg on Monday 16 July, this important feature received rave reviews.

The Tale airs on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104 on Monday 6 August at 22:00. #TheTaleMovie, #MNetMovies, #mmpremiere, #MiniMeToo.

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M-Net Movies August 2018 Highlights

PREMIUM

Saturday Line-up on M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104

Saturday, 4 August 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Daddy’s Home 2
Year:2017
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson
Director: Sean Anders
Genres: Action
Rating: PG13VL

A chaos-filled sequel sees Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg return for more comedy. Co-parents Brad and Dusty must contend with their respective fathers who come to visit for the holidays.

Saturday, 11 August 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
The Mountain Between Us
Year: 2017
Cast: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges.
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama.
Rating: 13VSL

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in this gritty survival drama. A plane crash in a remote, snow-covered mountain leaves two strangers stranded in the perilous wilderness.

Saturday, 18 July 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Pitch Perfect 3
Year: 2017
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow.
Director: Trish Sie
Genres: Comedy, Music
Rating: 13VL

The aca-mazing acapella group are back for an encore in this musical comedy. The girls reunite for one last overseas military tour, where they face tough competition from other bands.

Saturday, 25 August 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Year: 2017
Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Genres: Action
Rating: 13VSL

Taron Egerton returns for the sequel of the action-packed spy flick. After their headquarters are destroyed, the Kingsman look for an ally to defeat a ruthless common enemy.

Read the SAMDB review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105

Wednesday, 1 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Queen of Katwe
Year: 2016
Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o.
Director: Mira Nair
Genres: Drama
Rating: PG13V

Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

Thursday, 2 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Titanic
Year: 1997
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane.
Directors: James Cameron
Genres: Drama.
Rating: 13VNL

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet tell a story of the eternal love shared by two people from different social classes aboard the ill-fated Titanic.

Friday, 3 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Ghostbusters
Year: 2016
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon.
Directors: Paul Feig
Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy.
Rating: PG13VL

Melissa McCarthy and an amazing female cast drive this pulsating remake of the 80s classic. Manhattan is being invaded by ghosts and it’s up to a rag-tag team of woman to save it.

Read the SAMDB review of Ghostbusters.

Saturday, 9 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Bride Wars
Year: 2009
Cast: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen.
Directors: Gary Winick
Genres: Comedy, Romance.
Rating: PG

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway go to battle in this crazy romcom. Two best friends quickly become rivals when they schedule their weddings on the same day.

Sunday, 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:00
The Proposal
Year:2009
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen.
Directors: Anne Fletcher
Genres: Comedy, Romance.
Rating: PG13NL

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds make an unlikely couple in this romcom. A hated boss, desperate for a green card, must marry one of her staff to stay in America.

Sunday, 15 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:00
Trolls
Year: 2016
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel.
Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn.
Genres: Animated, Adventure.
Rating: PG

Musical adventure based on the popular toy collection. After a troll village is invaded, two survivors embark on a journey to save their friends.

Read the SAMDB review of Trolls.

Friday, 10 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Ghost in The Shell
Year:2016
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano.
Director: Rupert Sanders
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG13VL

Based on the cult Japanese comic this futuristic drama explores a once human, cyber-enhanced soldier built to stop the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Read the SAMDB review of Ghost in the Shell.

Saturday, 11 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Pitch Perfect
Year:2012
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson.
Director: Jason Moore
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG13L

Excellent performances and great music turn this movie into a smash hit. A new recruit helps transform an all-girl singing group’s sound, leading them to take on a boy band.

Sunday, 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:00
Bringing Down the House
Year:2003
Cast: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy.
Director: Adam Shankman
Genres: Comedy.
Rating: PG13SL

Queen Latifah and Steve Martin are an odd but hilarious couple in this family comedy about a lonely man who meets a vivacious woman, turning his life upside down.

Saturday, 18 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Table 19
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, 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 21:00
Girls Trip
Year: 2017
Cast: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
Rating: 18SNL

The party heads to New Orleans for an ensemble cast in this acclaimed comedy. On a wild reunion trip, four lifelong friends find romance, sisterhood and absolute chaos.

Sunday, 26 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:30
Rough Night
Year: 2017
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz.
Director: Lucia Aniello
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 16VSL

An ensemble cast of starlets embark on quite a weekend away in this wild comedy. Things go terribly wrong for a bachelorette party of girlfriends who hire a male stripper.

Sunday Line-up on M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106

Wednesday, 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
XXX: Return Of Xander Cage
Year: 2017
Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone.
Director: D.J. Caruso
Genres: Action, Action, Adventure.
Rating: 13VL

Vin Diesel reprises his role as agent Xander Cage. This time he gets a mission to take down a terrorist group. But he can’t do it alone, he needs the help of a XXX team.

Read the SAMDB review of XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Sunday, 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
Baby Driver
Year:2017
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
Director: Edgar Wright
Genres: Action, Crime.
Rating: 16VL

High-octane car chases and pulsating action drive this heist movie. A talented young driver is coerced into working for a crime boss alongside an unhinged group of criminals.

Read the SAMDB review of Baby Driver.

Sunday, 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
John Wick
Year:2014
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen.
Director: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Genres: Action, Thriller.
Rating: 16VL

Keanu Reeves stars in this revenge filled action movie. An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to hunt down a group of gangsters that took away everything he held dear.

Sunday, 17 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
John Wick: Chapter 2
Year: 2017
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane.
Director: Chad Stahelski
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 16VL

Keanu Reeves returns as the lethal assassin in this non-stop action thriller. John Wick comes out of retirement to help an old associate, pitting him against deadly killers.

Read the SAMDB review of John Wick: Chapter 2.

Compact

Sunday Nights are filled with non-stop Arnold Schwarzenegger action on M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110

Sunday, 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Sabotage
Year: 2014
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard
Director: David Ayer
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Rating: 16VSNL

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this action crime thriller. A corrupt elite DEA task force are being picked off one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

Sunday, 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
The Running Man
Year: 1987
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating: 16VL

Arnold Schwarzenegger must fight for his life in this action film. A man is framed for a massacre and is sentenced to play a sadistic game of death.

Sunday, 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Year: 1991
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong.
Director: James Cameron
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: 16VL

Humanity is at stake in this Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. A cyborg that was once programmed to kill is sent back in time to protect the future leader of the resistance.

Sunday, 26 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Collateral Damage
Year: 2016
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri
Director: Andrew Davis
Genre: Action, Drama
Rating: 16VL

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this action film that sees a man hunt down a terrorist after his wife and child are killed in a terrorist bombing.

See the lovely and iconic Julia Roberts every Sunday on M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111

Thursday 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Mother’s Day
Year: 2016
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Rating: PG13L

The late Garry Marshall directs an ensemble cast in this holiday comedy. Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

Read the SAMDB review of Mother’s Day.

Sunday 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Pretty Woman
Year: 1990
Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander.
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Rating: 13SNL

This Richard Gere, Julia Roberts heart-warming romcom broke down social stigmas and redefined a genre. A high society stock broker hires an escort only to fall in love with her.

Sunday 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Notting Hill
Year: 1999
Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
Director: Roger Michell
Genres: Comedy. Romance
Rating: PG13L

Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts play the game of love in this romcom classic. A bookshop owner’s world is changed when a movie star walks into his shop and they begin a relationship.

Sunday 26 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Valentine’s Day
Year: 2010
Cast: Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway.
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Comedy Romance
Rating: PG13SL

This romantic comedy with an all-star cast follows the stories of couples, their make-ups, break-ups and all the expectations and pressures that Valentine’s Day brings.

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139 has all your Rambo action lined up every Sunday Night this August

Sunday 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
First Blood
Year: 1982
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna
Director: Ted Kotcheff.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
Rating: 16VL

Sylvester Stallone creates an action icon in this classic. A troubled Vietnam vet who is being hunted by a small-town sheriff is forced to fight for his life.

Sunday 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Year: 1985
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier.
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Genres: Action
Rating: 16VL

John Rambo is released from prison to go on a top-secret mission. But he is sent to the last place he wanted to return to- the jungles of Vietnam.

Sunday 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
Rambo III
Year: 1988
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge.
Director: Peter MacDonald.
Genres: Action, Crime.
Rating: 16VL

Sylvester Stallone returns for this explosive film. When Rambo’s superior is captured by the Soviets he must travel to Afghanistan and battle a Russian army to free him.

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M-Net Movies July 2018 Highlights

Saturday Line-up on M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104

Saturday, 7 July 2018

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Year:2017
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman.
Director: Patrick Hughes
Genres: Action
Rating: 16VL

Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson dive headfirst into action for this chaotic comedy. A low-level bodyguard reluctantly agrees to protect a crazy hitman with valuable testimony.

Read the SAMDB review of The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:30
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
Year:2017
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen.
Director: Luc Besson
Genres: Fantasy
Rating:13V

Sci-fi spectacle from Luc Besson. A great evil threatens a planetary metropolis, leaving two operatives racing to save the universe.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Thor: Ragnarok
Year: 2017
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett.
Director: Taika Waititi
Genres: Action
Rating: 13VL

Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder for an intergalactic superhero epic. Thor fights to save the realm from the clutches of Hela, the Goddess of Death.

Read the SAMDB review of Thor: Ragnarok.

Saturday,28 July 2018

M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Renegades
Year: 2017
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Charlie Bewley.
Director: Steven Quale
Genres: Action
Rating: 13VSL

Adventure and danger weave through this action comedy. Set in 1995, a group of Navy SEALs discover an underwater treasure at the bottom of a Bosnian lake.

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105

Monday, 2 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Sing
Year: 2016
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane.
Director: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Genres: Animated
Rating: PG

A furry cast of stars feature in this animation. A struggling theatre owner holds a singing competition that becomes bigger than he imagined.

Read the SAMDB review of Sing.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Storks 
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Year:2016
Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer.
Directors: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
Genres: Animated, Comedy.
Rating: PG

Read the SAMDB review of Storks.

Charming animation with a twist on an age old tale. The storks have long-stopped delivering babies, but one day they find themselves with an order for a bundle of joy.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Year: 2016
Cast: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello.
Directors: Kelly Asbury
Genres: Animated, Comedy.
Rating: PG

Songstress Demi Lovato voices a favourite character in this fun-filled animation. A mysterious map leads Smurfette and her friends on an adventure through the Forbidden Forest.

Read the SAMDB review of Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Monday, 9 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 17:10
Moana
Year: 2016
Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams.
Genres: Family, Animated.
Rating: PG

Read the SAMDB review of Moana.

Dwayne Johnson shows off his vocals in this beautifully animated Disney adventure. An adventurous island princess and an ancient Demigod go on a quest to save her home.

Friday, 12 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 16:45
Finding Dory
Year:2016
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill.
Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane.
Genres: Animated, Adventure.
Rating: PG

Ellen DeGeneres reprises her role as everyone’s favourite forgetful fish Dory, who goes on a magical journey in search of her home and her long-lost parents.

Sunday, 15 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:00
Trolls
Year: 2016
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel.
Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn.
Genres: Animated, Adventure.
Rating: PG

Musical adventure based on the popular toy collection. After a troll village is invaded, two survivors embark on a journey to save their friends.

Read the SAMDB review of Trolls.

Thursday, 27 June 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
The Secret Life of Pets
Year:2016
Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart.
Director: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney.
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy.
Rating: PG13

When their owners are away, the pets play in this star-studded animation. Follow the life of a terrier whose jealousy for his new roommate leads them on a wild adventure.

Read the SAMDB review of The Secret Life of Pets.

Sunday Line-up on M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106

Wednesday, 11 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
Jason Bourne
Year:2016
Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander.
Director: Paul Greengrass
Genres: Action, Thriller.
Rating:16V

Oscar winner Matt Damon reprises his role as the CIA’s most dangerous former operative on a mission to uncover the truths about his past, in this explosive action-thriller.

Read the SAMDB review of Jason Bourne.

Sunday, 15 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
Central Intelligence
Year:2016
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Genres: Action, Thriller.
Rating:13VNL

Action-hero Dwayne Johnson and funnyman Kevin Hart team up for a laugh-a-minute comedy. A mild-mannered accountant is sucked into the spy game by an old high school pal.

Sunday, 18 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Year:2016
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge.
Director: Edward Zwick
Genres: Action, Thriller.
Rating:13VL

Tom Cruise reprises his role as the explosive Jack Reacher. Now a fugitive, Reacher races to uncover a government conspiracy and clear his name.

Read the SAMDB review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Sunday, 17 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
Central Intelligence
Year: 2015
Cast: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido.
Director: Simon West
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama.
Rating:16VNL

This tightly-wound thriller starring Jason Statham, follows the story of a tough bodyguard who lands in hot water with the mob after he goes after one of their own.

Sunday, 22 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice
Year:2016
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams.
Director: Zack Snyder
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating:13VL

The Man Of Steel and the Dark Knight face-off in an epic battle, in this much-anticipated superhero epic from director Zack Snyder.

Read the SAMDB review of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Sunday, 29 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:30
Logan
Year:2017
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen.
Director: James Mangold
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi.
Rating:18VL

Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the Wolverine in this gritty instalment. Set in the future, Logan and an ailing Professor X try to protect a young mutant from a sinister agency.

Read the SAMDB review of Logan.

Sunday Line-up on M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110

Sunday, 1 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:30
Savage Dog
Year: 2017
Cast: Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, Juju Chan
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Genre: Action
Rating: 16VL

In a film filled with danger and death a man must fight for his survival. Set in 1950s Indochina a prisoner in a corrupt jail is forced to fight in deadly tournaments.

Sunday, 8 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Contract To Kill
Year: 2016
Cast: Steven Seagal, Russell Wong, Jemma Dallender.
Director: Keoni Waxman
Genre: Action
Rating: 16VSL

Action legend Steven Seagal takes on terror in this pulsating film. A special team take on a group of extremists and try to halt their plans to attack America.

Sunday, 15 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Cell
Year: 2016
Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman.
Director: Tod Williams
Genre: Action, Horror
Rating: 16VSL

Based on Stephen King’s apocalyptic novel of the same name, this world-ending horror sees a mysterious pulse turn cell phone users into vicious predators.

Sunday, 22 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Hands Of Stone
Year: 2016
Cast: Edgar Ramírez, Usher Raymond, Robert De Niro
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Rating: 16VSL

Robert De Niro and a talented cast take you on a journey of heart and determination. Follow the inspiring story of boxer Roberto Duran, and his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard.

Sunday, 29 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Black Eagle
Year: 1998
Cast: Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Doran Clark
Director: Eric Karson
Genre: Action
Rating: 13VL

No one can be trusted in this action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The CIA send an agent to salvage a high-tech system from a fighter plane that has crashed behind enemy lines.

Sunday Line-up on M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111

Thursday 8 July 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Kick-Ass 2
Year: 2013
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Genres: Action Comedy
Rating: 16VSL

It’s bigger and fiercer in this action-filled sequel. This time Kick-Ass teams up with other courageous wannabe heroes to stop the Red Mist from exacting his revenge.

Read the SAMDB review of Kick-Ass 2.

Sunday 15 July 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
The Nutty Professor
Year: 1996
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn.
Director: Tom Shadyac
Genres: Comedy
Rating: PG13VL

Top comedian Eddie Murphy gives a heavyweight performance in this comedy. An obese man falls for a woman – and to win her heart, he creates a formula that makes him skinny.

Sunday 22 July 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Nutty Professor Ii: The Klumps
Year: 2000
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller.
Director: Peter Segal
Genres: Comedy
Rating: 13SL

Eddie Murphy returns in the nutty sequel to the slapstick comedy about how the unexpected consequences of a DNA altering formula lead to the professor’s alter ego wreaking havoc.

M-Net Movies Zone is packing punches with an action packed line up Sunday Nights this July

Sunday 8 July 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
Book Of Eli
Year:2015
Cast: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson.
Director: The Hughes Brothers.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
Rating: 16VL

Denzel Washington drives this post-apocalyptic action film. A man fights his way across America trying to protect a sacred book containing secrets that could save humanity.

Sunday 15 July 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
XXX
Year:2002
Cast: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas.
Director: Rob Cohen.
Genres: Action
Rating: 13VL

Vin Diesel is the action man who knows no fear in this thrilling adventure. An extreme sports star is recruited by the government for a top secret mission.

Sunday 22 July 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
The Transporter Refueled
Year:2015
Cast: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson.
Director: Camille Delamarre.
Genres: Action, Crime.
Rating: 13VSL

This action packed reboot of the famous franchise will have you wanting more, as the new transporter joins forces with a group of femme-fatales on a revenge mission.

Read the SAMDB review of Transporter: Refuelled.

Sunday 24 July 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
No Escape
Year:2015
Cast: Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson.
Director: John Erick Dowdle.
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama.
Rating: 16VL

Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan must fight against all odds in order to survive in this intense thriller. A family are caught in the middle of a coup and must escape to safety.

Read the SAMDB review of No Escape.