M-Net Movies October 2016 Highlights

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Sunday Night Blockbusters

The Sunday Night Blockbusters are screened at 20:05 on M-Net Channel 101 and M-Net Terrestrial. For the convenience of our viewers, these films are also on M-Net Movies Premiere (channel 104) a half hour later at 20:30.

Sunday 2 October 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
Director: J.J. Abrams
Genres: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure.

The seventh and most highly-rated instalment of the film series coined an astounding $2-billion at the box office, ten times more than its budget. No film in history has fared better in the U.S. Harrison Ford is back as Han Solo, one of the characters that sent his career into the stratosphere.

Han Solo and Chewbecca encounter a simple droid that bears invaluable info regarding the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker that has to be withheld from the evil First Force. Confrontation looms between a small band of resistance troops and a mighty army.

Read the SAMDB review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Sunday 9 October 2016

M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 20:30
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Director: Ryan Coogler
Genre: Drama
Rating: 13VL

A worthy addition to the greatest boxing series in history. It started four decades ago with Rocky, the film that launched Sylvester Stallone’s career and won the Oscar for Best Picture. Stallone returns in the part of a sage who offers guidance to the son of a former rival.

Adonis Johnson wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, Apollo Creed, a former world boxing champion, and enlists the help of Rocky Balboa. The opponents are fearsome fighters one and all, but Rocky has never shied away from a challenge. Seconds out, round number one!

Sunday 16 October 2016

M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 20:30
Year: 2015
Cast: Tina Fey, Diane Wiest, Amy Poehler
Director: Jason Moore
Genre: Comedy

Double Oscar winner Diane Wiest stars alongside comic marvels Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – the sisters of the title – in a comedy hit about the fragility of family bonds, and the dangers of risking all for a brief enchantment.

Sisters Maura and Kate are emotional opposites who find common ground when their parents sell the family home and move into a retirement village without telling them. They have one week to remove their belongings, and decide to exit in style: a wild farewell bash for all their friends.

Sunday 23 October 2016

The Intern
M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 20:30
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Anders Holm
Director: Nancy Meyers
Genre: Comedy

Nancy Meyers directs a stellar cast in a comedy that aims to prove that it is possible to bridge the generation gap with a little bit of understanding. The legendary Robert De Niro, now in his seventies, charms audiences as a man who refuses to accept that age is a barrier to anything at all.

Ben, a widower who is getting bored with his life as a retired business executive, responds to an advert for a senior citizen internship, gets hired, shrugs off his boss’s skepticism and proves he has an important contribution to make to the firm. But life isn’t plain sailing at seventy.

Sunday 30 October 2016

Transporter Refueled
M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 20:30
Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol
Director: Camille Delamarre
Genres :Crime, Action, Thriller.

Ed Skrein, who replaced Jason Statham in the lead role, was praised for a gritty performance in the fourth film of the Transported franchise. It is part one of a planned trilogy to reboot the series.

Frank Martin is doing his best to live a life away from mortal danger, which he faced every day when he transported secret packages for dodgy customers. But he takes on the wrong assignment, and now the danger has come to his doorstep – and his family.

Read the SAMDB review of Transporter Refuelled.

Kids Original Cut on M-Net Movies

Monday 4 October 2016

Maya The Bee
M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 16:55
Cast: Coco Jack Gillies, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Director: Alexs Stadermann
Genres: Animated, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: PG

One of the most popular children’s books and television treasures to have emerged from Germany is brought to the silver screen in gorgeous 3D, as the inimitable little girl bee spreads her honey-sweet magic.

Order and obedience are the buzz words in the hive – but Maya finds it hard to stick to the rules when she discovers a villainous intruder is plotting to steal the queen’s royal jelly. She is kicked out promptly, and her friend Willy becomes her only ally against a deadly menace.

Tuesday 5 October 2016

The Ant Bully
M-Net Movies Stars DStv Channel 111 at 16:35
Year: 2006
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts
Director: John A Davis
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts
Genres: Family, Adventure, Animation
Rating: PG

The third major CG animated film set inside an anthill, following in the footsteps of the two 1998 hits, Antz and A Bug’s Life. This time, however, a diminutive human is added to the mix, creating a truly original take on life in an ant colony.

Lucas Nickle, a victim of incessant bullying, takes out his frustration on an anthill and its terrified inhabitants. They can no longer stand his destructive behaviour, and a wizard devises a magic potion that reduces him to the size of an ant and turns him into a slave.

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
M-Net Movies Smile DStv Channel 105 at 18:08
Year: 2014
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould
Director: Miguel Arteta
Genres: Family, Comedy
Rating: PG

Steve Carell is best known as a comedian, but he is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, as he showed in his portrayal of a murderer in the film Foxhunter, for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Alexander has had it with bad days that seem to single him out, while everyone in his family breezes through life with all the good luck in the world. He wishes that, for just one day, they can suffer too. When his wish comes true, it doesn’t cheer him up at all…

Thursday 20 October 2016

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 18:25
Cast: Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Director: Walt Becker
Genres: Family, Adventure, Comedy.
Rating: PG

During their film “career” Alvin and the Chipmunks have built a large following as a pop group, and the fourth instalment of the successful kiddies’ film franchise features nine brand new songs that are certain to set your dancing shoes in motion.

There is something funny about Dave’s behavior, and Alvin, Simon and Theodore expect the worst: that he is planning to dump them and make a disastrous wedding proposal! They must stop this at any cost.

Saturday 22 October 2016

M-Net Movies All Stars DStv Channel 111 at 18:20
Cast: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman
Director: Danny DeVito
Genres: Family, Comedy, Fantasy.
Rating: PG

A fantasy comedy for the whole family tells the tale of a girl whose special gift allows her to lend order to a world that has spun out of control. It is based on a novel by Roald Dahl, the man who also dreamed up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG.

Matilda is far more intelligent than her neglectful parents, and finds her only comfort among books in the local library. Then she discovers she can move objects with her mind… which spells trouble for her parents and more trouble for the violent school principal, Agatha Trunchbull!

Sunday 30 October 2016

Happy Feet 2
M-Net Movies Smile DStv Channel 105 at 16:37
Cast: Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon
Director: George Miller
Genres: Family, Animated, Comedy.

A joyous follow-up to the 2006 computer generated animation hit again has George Miller at the helm and features Robin Williams in an all-star voice cast that also includes Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. Some critics felt it surpassed the Oscar-winning original.

Eric, an Emperor penguin, is a terrible dancer, and as a result he will battle to find a suitable mate. But that is the least of his problems: his colony is threatened by a dangerous invader, who can only be thwarted is everyone pitches in to help.

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Monday 31 October 2016

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 21:40
Cast: Chris J Murray, Brit Shaw, Dan Gill
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Genre: Horror

The sixth and last instalment of the 3D “found-footage” Paranormal Activity film series has sent shivers down the spines of thousands of horror film fans the world over. The Ghost Dimension is a very scary dimension indeed.

A family moves into a new house and discovers an unusual camera. Peering through its lens is a scary experience: it reveals inhabitants of the spirit world, many of whom have evil intentions.

M-Net Movies Showcase DStv Channel 107 at 21:55
Year: 2014
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff
Director: Stiles White
Genre: Horror

A scary and disturbing supernatural horror film that raked in more than $100-million at the box office on a $5-million budget. It was written by Stiles White and Juliet Snowdon, who had earlier shown their firm grasp of the macabre with the equally frightening The Possession.

The Ouija board possesses the power to provide answers to vexing questions… but those answers may not be what the participants want to hear. A group of friends gather and to their horror discover their own deepest, darkest selves.

A Haunted House 2
Cast: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer
Director: Michael Tiddes
Genres: Horror, Comedy.

In the riotous Wayans family, it is virtually impossible to stand out. However, Marlon showed his talents are not restricted to films that tickle the funny bone when he delivered a critically acclaimed performance in Requiem for a Dream. In A Haunted House 2, he returns to his true love: comedy.

Malcolm’s previous girlfriend was possessed by demons, so he is extremely relieved to find a “normal” partner. Then, to his dismay, a number of decidedly spooky incidents make him question his own sanity and force him to seek the help of a paranormal psychologist

Look Out for the Following Movies on Premium Package

The following M-Net Channels can be enjoyed by DStv Premium customers: M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104; M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105; M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106; M-Net Movies Showcase, DStv Channel 107.

Friday 14 October 2016

San Andreas
M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 18:04
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario
Director: Brad Peyton
Genres: Action, Drama Thriller.

Dwayne Johnson, a former professional wrestler who became one of the most popular action film heroes in Hollywood, stars in a disaster thriller about an earthquake that wreaks havoc in San Francisco Bay. It was a huge commercial success.

An earthquake that had long been predicted by American geologists tears large tracks of land in California – especially San Francisco – apart and a pilot in a rescue chopper undertakes a perilous flight to save his daughter from near-certain death.

Read the SAMDB review of San Andreas.

Saturday 15 October 2016

Bad Boys II
M-Net Movies Smile DStv Channel 105 at 20:55
Year: 2003
Cast: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollà
Director: Michael Bay
Genres: Action, Action Comedy
Rating: 16VL

Don’t call it a buddy-cop comedy. The protagonists, portrayed by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, really don’t like each other very much. But when a crime kingpin runs amok, they’re the men for the job. Note that the film contains scenes of extreme violence.

Drug lords in Miami are vying for control of the ecstasy trade, and will stop at nothing to get their way. Police partners Mike and Marcus are put on the case, but each harbours a secret that can wreck their mission.

Wednesday 19 October 2016

The A-Team
Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley
Director: Joe Carnahan
Genres: Action, Adventure.

South African actor Sharlto Copley stars as “Howling Mad” Murdock in a big-screen conversion of the classic eighties TV series. Copley’s rise to Hollywood fame happened almost accidentally, with his portrayal of a little gray man who undergoes a shocking transformation in the film District Nine.

A serious crime has been committed, and all evidence points to a group of U.S. veterans who had served in Iraq. They now face long jail sentences. A CIA operative claims to have information that will prove their innocence. But can he be trusted? Don’t bet on it.

Thursday 27 October 2016

The Program
M-Net Movies Premiere DStv Channel 104 at 16:20
Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet
Director: Stephen Frears
Genres: Drama, Biography.

A true-life biographic sports drama that differs from the norm in that the hero, cyclist Lance Armstrong, once regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, turns out to be one of the biggest cheats.

Journalist David Walsh had a hunch that something is amiss with Tour de France king Lance Armstrong, and private interviews with other cyclists confirm his suspicions. But no one is prepared to testify openly and bring “the king of cheats” to book.

Sunday 30 October 2016

M-Net Movies Showcase DStv Channel 107 at 20:00
Cast : Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell
Director: Craig Brewer

Remaking a cult favourite is a risky enterprise, as it will always be compared to the famous original. Footloose – 27 years after the first version – effortlessly jived its way to success at the box office. Champion dancer Kenny Wormald’s energy in his biggest role is electric.

A tragic accident in a small town in which several youngsters are killed leads the introduction of draconic rules that forbid dancing and pop music. A rebellious outsider from Boston arrives, and a showdown with the town elders soon becomes inevitable.

Monday 31 October 2016

Yes Man
M-Net Movies Smile DStv Channel 105 at 19:30
Year: 2008
Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper
Director: Peyton Reed
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Rating: 13SL

Comic geniuses will always be in short supply, and fewer still are blessed with Jim Carrey’s range of gifts. Whether he says yes or no, it will lead to raucous laughter.

Carl Allen (Jim Carey) is shedding friends like autumn leaves because he says no to every invitation and every opportunity. His life takes a positive turn when he decides to act on the advice of one of his few remaining friends… but too much of a good thing can also have harmful consequences.


The following M-Net Movies channels are available to both DStv Compact and DStv Premium customers: M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110; M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111. M-Net Movies Zone DStv Channel 139 is available on all packages: DStv Premium customers, DStv Compact customers as well as to DStv Access Customers

Wednesday 5 October 2016

The Transporter
M-Net Movies Action DStv Channel 110 at 18:55
Cast: Jason Statham, Shu Qi
Director: Luc Besson
Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime.

Since this movie was released in 2002 the franchise has grown to include three more films. The premise is simple and -maybe for that reason- so powerful, as Luc Besson tells the story a man in a car who will deliver anything anyplace, discretion guaranteed.

Frank Martin delivers whatever you pay him to. But he’s a man with strange principles who sticks to the rules no matter what. With several passengers on board, another is added and he refuses to budge until one of the others is killed. Then he is asked to deliver a briefcase. It contains a bomb.

Friday 28 October 2016

Extraction Day
M-Net Movies Zone DStv Channel 139 at 21:00
Cast: Allison Busner, Nathan A. Grieve, Jannah Kitzman
Director: Matthew Ninaber
Genres: Action, Drama.

Action thrillers are all the rage; viewers cannot get enough of suspenseful tales of treason and retribution. After 9/11, terrorist conspiracies have become the number one choice for screenwriters and directors such as Matthew Ninaber, an expert in the art of keep you at the edge of your seat.

A group of terrorists plan to release a deadly virus and provide only handful of people with an antidote. The idea is to shape a perfect world. One man has discovered the plan but loses his memory. When he wakes up, a woman who has come to his aid urges him to focus on survival at any cost.

Sunday 30 October 2016

Three Kings
M-Net Movies Action DStv Channel 110 at 20:30
Cast: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube
Director: David O. Russell

George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star in a comedy heist film that satirises the American military’s invasion of Iraq in 1991. The film was a critical and commercial success, and was described by top critic Roger Ebert as a masterpiece.

A band of U.S. soldiers use a map found during the interrogation of an Iraqi soldier to trace gold and other valuables plundered in Kuwait. As they plot to keep the new-found riches, they stumble upon war victims in desperate need of their assistance.

3 Days To Kill
M-Net Movies Action DStv Channel 111 at 21:00
Year: 2014
Cast: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld
Director: McG
Genre: action, Drama, Thriller
Rating: 16VNL

Double Oscar winner Kevin Costner stars as a CIA agent on a deadly mission that, ironically, can save his life. It is one of his three films of 2014, making it one of the most productive years of his career.

A CIA agent learns he is suffering from terminal cancer and is desperate to reconcile with his estranged daughter. Then he receives an offer of a promising new drug… in exchange for taking on one final mission.

Read the SAMDB review of 3 Days To Kill.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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