6 movies to watch this weekend

First Man and Sharknado lead the charge in this week’s must-see movies, with a Jackass misadventure and a superb local western on the bill as well on DStv.

First Man

Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong is the focus of this intense, sweeping character study drama by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and lead actor Ryan Gosling. Amid the political scheming and space race innovations, the film hones in on the people behind the mission – their lives, their demons, and what it takes to voluntarily strap yourself into what is essentially a tin can, to be hurtled into the dark unknown.

This gripping film is one of the many shows celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. Check out the moon landing lineup on DStv here.

Premieres Sunday 21 July on M-Net (101) at 20:00

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s intense delivery in this remake of an Israeli drama has been hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “her peak performance”. When teacher Lisa (Gyllenhaal) discovers five-year-old poetry prodigy Jimmy, the lines between professional and predator become frighteningly blurred.

Premieres Sunday 21 July on Sundance TV (108) at 21:00

The Last Sharknado: It's About Time

DStv’s Shark Fest wouldn’t be complete without a Sharknado movie. Known for being so bad it’s amazing, the comedy/horror franchise is the gift that keeps on giving. Throw in some prehistoric time-travel and you have the makings of an epic dinosaur vs shark showdown. Fin (Ian Ziering) travels back in time to prevent the first ever sharknado in this cult hit that’s a roaring load of gory, escapist fun.

Sunday 21 July on Studio Universal (122) at 22:15

Planet of the Sharks

Sharknado fans will love this Jaws-meets-Waterworld dystopian horror action film that sees humans paying the price for ignoring the looming threat of global warming, with the melting of the icecaps having all but completely submerged the land. Now, it’s a world of floating cities dominated by ravenous sharks who’ve decimated ocean life and are now feeding on humans. Filmed in South Africa, the movie stars Brandon Auret, Daniel Barnett and Alex Anlos.

Friday 19 July on Studio Universal (112) at 22:20

Action Point

Johnny Knoxville proves that the spirit of Jackass is alive and well in this 90-minute, no brakes thrill-ride. Based on actual events at an infamously dangerous and derelict New Jersey amusement park. DC (Knoxville) is the owner of Action Point, run by incompetent teenagers, with life-threatening zip-lines, high-speed toboggan rides and waterslides that inevitably result in don’t-try-this-at-home physical comedy.

Sunday 21 July on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:30

Five Fingers for Marseilles

This stunning local film lit up the international film festival scene and cleaned up at the Africa Film Awards with five wins (including Best Film). Director Michael Matthews and screenwriter Sean Drummond’s debut conveys an authentic African touch while invoking all the hallmarks of iconic gunslinging spaghetti westerns. The contemporary Western broke South African box office records over its opening weekend. Lauded by The New York Times as “Stylish and entertaining”, Five Fingers is a powerful African cinematic celebration of an enduring genre.

Friday 19 July on 1Magic (103) at 22:30

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