Compelling roles for women take centre stage in May’s movies when you boost your DStv package with ADD Movies.
Helen Mirren plays a wily con who outfoxes the man looking to rip her off in The Good Liar; romcom director Garry Marshall turns his clever eye to all kinds of mothers in the superstar-powered comedy Mother’s Day, which includes the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts; and If you loved Calendar Girls, Kristin Scott Thomas’s British choir charity movie Military Wives hits a similar sweet spot. Jessica Chastain and Megan Fox bring the firepower and girlpower to Ava and Rogue respectively, and Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss take over the New York mob during the 1970s in action drama The Kitchen. On fliekNET, Marguerite van Eeden and Shaleen Surtie-Richards aim right for your-heart in Vaselinetjie, while Amalia Uys goes all out to become a woman worth doing all kinds of silly things for in Sy Klink Soos Lente. And even the kids can look up to 1 determined little fish in Finding Dory, who reminds us all to keep our friends close, and just keep swimming.
PS: In honour of Mother’s Day on Sunday, 9 May, DStv is showcasing great movies with mom energy throughout the month.
You could watch it all when you ADD Movies to your DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family or Access subscription for just R99 per month.
So, if you’re subscribed to DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family or Access, keep reading to have a look at what’s to come. Decide what you want to see live, and if you can’t be there, you can still set your recordings on your DStv Explora or DStv Explora Ultra. Simply view the TV Guide, select your favourites and press “record” on your remote. Some of the films will also be available to watch throughout the month on Catch Up.
May movies to move you
Kick off your Mother’s Day viewing with the romantic comedy Mother’s Day, and later in the month, embrace the strength of female friendship in movies like Military Wives, The Kitchen and The High Note. Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren are at their wicked best in the con caper The Good Liar, while Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan are an incredible team in the movie Just Mercy, which will have you cheering for true justice.
Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) directed this romantic comedy about a loosely connected group of people – including recently divorced mom Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), widower and single dad Bradley (Jason Sudeikis), and young mom Kristin (Britt Robertson) who is looking for her birth mother, Miranda (Julia Roberts) – dealing with issues in the week before Mother’s Day.
Watch on Sunday, 9 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 19:00
In the UK in real life, there are 75 choirs made up of wives of military personnel serving at home and abroad. This dramedy draws on their stories and 1 group’s efforts to train as a choir and function as a support group while their partners were serving in Afghanistan. With Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan.
Watch on Sunday, 23 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 19:00
Wives of New York Irish mobsters take over the crime family after their husbands wind up behind bars thanks to the FBI during the 1970s in this action film based on the DC/Vertigo Comics series of the same name by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. With Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss.
Watch on Sunday, 30 May on M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00
The High Note
Musical superstar Grace Davis’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) harried PA, Maggie (Dakota Johnson), has big dreams of becoming a music producer. But when an offer from Grace’s manager places Grace at a crossroads, she and Maggie put their heads together to come up with a plan that will make both of them winners in this musical dramedy.
Watch on Sunday, 30 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 19:00
The Good Liar
This crime thriller is based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle. British con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) romances widowed ex-professor Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) hoping to snatch her millions while running an investment scam on the side, only to walk into a revenge plot years in the making.
Watch on Sunday, 16 May on M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00
This biographical legal drama (based on the memoir of the same name by lawyer Bryan Stevenson, played in the film by Michael B. Jordan) tells the story of African American worker Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) who was wrongfully convicted of murder thanks to police coercion of another inmate.
Watch on Sunday, 16 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 19:00
Mad May Action!
Recovering addict and ex-soldier Ava Faulkner (Jessica Chastain) is working as an assassin when she’s overheard asking 1 of her targets why someone would want him dead. News of the breach of protocol reaches her superiors, including Simon (Colin Farrell), who puts out a hit on her behind the back of her handler, Duke (John Malkovich).
Watch on Sunday, 9 May on M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00
The Raid: Redemption
This Indonesia action thriller is set in a high-rise building within a slum in Jakarta. An elite, 20-man military squad stages a raid on a building to bring down a crime lord who’s renting its apartments to criminals. But the crime lord offers free residence in the building to anyone who kills the squad. This hugely popular film inspired a comic book series, an American remake and fight scenes in the superhero movie The Winter Soldier.
Watch on Saturday, 29 May on M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 18:00
Megan Fox plays a mercenary who’s leading a team that has been sent to East Africa (but actually filmed on a farm just outside Johannesburg) to rescue a governor's daughter and her 2 friends from a crime lord’s clutches. As the mercenaries flee the crime lord’s gunmen, they stray into an abandoned game farm where an escaped lioness has developed a knack for hunting humans. Look out for local stars Brandon Auret, Sisanda Henna, Austin Shandu and Lee-Ann Liebenberg.
Watch on Sunday, 16 May on M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 18:35
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
When divorced estate agent Thomas Popper Jr. (Jim Carrey) inherits a crate full of real, live penguins from his eccentric adventurer late father, he’s eager to offload them on the nearest zoo. But his 2 children are ecstatic at what they believe to be the best birthday present ever, and persuade Thomas to try keeping them.
Watch on Saturday, 15 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 19:00
Ellen DeGeneres returns to her Finding Nemo (2003) voice role as Dory the forgetful Blue Tang in this Pixar animated movie. When Dory has a flashback about her parents, clownfish dad and son Marlin and Nemo join her on a quest to track down her family – on a trail that leads them to the Marine Life Institute in California.
Watch on Sunday, 16 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 16:00
Curious George 5: Go West, Go Wild
In this animated adventure for the little ones, George the monkey goes to spend the weekend at Cousin Ginny’s farm with his caretaker, Ted. When George accidentally causes a stampede, it's up to Ted and wannabe cowboy Emmet to round up the animals before Ginny comes home.
Watch on Saturday, 29 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 16:00
In this live action superhero story targeted at tweens (and directed by Johannesburg-born Dean Israelite), a group of high school students unite and harness their newly discovered secret superpowers to save the world. Terra Nova’s Naomi Scott plays the Pink Power Ranger, Kimberly, while RC Cyler, Black Lightning’s Todd, plays the Blue Ranger, Billy.
Watch on Saturday, 22 May on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) at 17:30
Sy Klink Soos Lente
When Ben the mechanic randomly runs into his boss’s daughter, Linda, he fakes being in a band for a shot at getting to know her better. But after they hit it off, rather than risk the new relationship, Ben decides to start a band for real, not only realising a long-held dream, but taking a shot at love. With Stiaan Smith and Amalia Uys.
Watch on Sunday, 9 May on fliekNET (DStv channel 149) at 08:00
A white girl is taken away from her loving coloured grandparents and her rural home, and sent to an orphanage in Johannesburg after it turns out they are not her biological relatives. Based on the novel My Name Is Vaselinetjie by Anoeschka von Meck. With Marguerite van Eeden as the older Vaselinetjie and Shaleen Surtie-Richards as Grandma Kitta Bosman.
Watch on Friday, 28 May on fliekNET (DStv channel 149) at 20:30
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