Five must-watch movies for you this week


From award-winning battle scenes to family feuds, there are epic fights on DStv this week

It’s a September to remember with DStv – here are all the must-see movies to fill up your week.

1917

This critically-acclaimed film is a match made in heaven for movie buffs and history fanatics alike. Partially inspired by the stories of his paternal grandfather, director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) took exceptional filmmaking to another level with this WW1-era drama. Two British soldiers are ordered to deliver an important message to call off a doomed offensive attack. The urgency of their mission is escalated when the duo realises one of their brothers is part of the 1600 men they will save. With the use of longer shots, cinematographer Roger Deakins (True Grit, Blade Runner 2049) and editor Lee Smith (Inception, Dunkirk) were able to piece together an epic journey that appears as two continuously scenes. Not to be missed.

Sunday 20 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:05

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A Million Little Pieces

Based on the controversial novel by James Frey, some may remember this title from its brief fame as part of Oprah’s Book Club. It details the story of a 23-year-old addict as he attempts sobriety in a rehab centre after a serious accident. Committed to the twelve-steps of sober living, he decides to undergo necessary medical procedures without pain medication to avoid relapse. Although the memoir had to be rebranded as semi-fictional when it was revealed that the author had not personally experienced the stories he wrote, the stellar cast brings true emotion to this film. The performances of Billy Bob Thornton, Giovanni Ribisi and Juliette Lewis are simply a joy to watch.

Monday 21 September on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) at 20:00

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Kill Mode

Based on the short film by Dutch wunderkind, Thijs Meuwese, this ambitious sci-fi action movie has some eerily relevant references to our current world. Set eight years after an outbreak of ‘The Sickness’, the world has changed dramatically. It is now 2027 and a pharmaceutical corporation has gained absolute power as it controls who can get treatment. A rebel movement breaks into the facility to find evidence that the illness was created for profit. But instead, they find a young girl named Molly…

Monday 21 September on M-Net Movies 2 (DStv 106) at 20:00

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El Cuidado De Los Otros

A beautiful Argentinian drama, this film will leave you on the edge of your seat. Luisa (Sofia Gala Castiglione) works in a factory as a childcare worker. Things take a turn when one of the children she looks after is involved in a drug accident.

Sunday 20 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 23:00

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An Actor Prepares

Jeremey Irons is magnificent in this hilarious film about an actor who has a wake-up call after a near-fatal heart attack. After years of heavy drinking, he tries to reconnect with his estranged son (Ben Schwartz) while on a cross-country trip. The performances are excellent as they insert meaning into a poignant situation.

Sunday 20 September on M-Net Movies 1 (DStv 104) at 20:30

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A Sister’s Obsession

Continuing the Family Feud movies this month on Lifetime, we finally encounter the most dangerous of family members: the twin sister. Kendra’s happy life begins to unravel and she discovers that her long-lost sister is the cause. After years of resentment, Amber is ready to even the playing field.

Saturday 20 September on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20

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