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‘Encanto’ and ‘New Material’: New cinema releases in SA this week

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Movie fans can look forward to some exciting releases this week (26 November) as there are a couple of new films making their cinema debut in South Africa.

New Material | South Africa Cinema release 26 November

One of these includes New Material, the much-anticipated sequel to the hugely popular, award-winning Material from 2012, which opens in cinemas nationwide on 26 November.

Cassim Kaif (Riaad Moosa) is back and, together with his best friend Yusuf (Joey Rasdien) and opening act, Hendrik (Schalk Bezuidenhout), he’s taking his new comedy show on the road. 

From Cape Town to Durban, Johannesburg, Ladysmith, Richard’s Bay, Rustenburg, Empangeni and beyond, the three comedians blaze a trail of mayhem across the country, with every stop of the tour delivering a laugh a minute.

While international fame beckons in the distance, Cassim has to deal with the immediate complications of the national tour, not least of which is the challenge of his main sponsor, Laudium businessman and heir to the Sulabie Chicken Bite empire, Shabir Sulabie (Rajesh Gopie). 

Shabir fancies himself a bit of a showman and when he is denied a place in the spotlight, he quickly turns on Cassim and Yusuf. Chaos ensues, and fellow comedian Hendrik, is forced to step in and defend Cassim and Yusuf with his questionable martial arts skills.

Encanto – Disney’s best animation yet?

Dinsey fans are also looking forward to the cinematic release of Encanto – which has been praised by critics for its animation style, diversity and “spellbinding” songs. It currently holds a 93% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 69 reviews.

According to CNBC, the movie centers on the Madrigals, a family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a place called the Encanto.

The family arrived in the Encanto after Abuela Alma was forced to flee her home with her infant triplets. She was granted a miracle, which provided her with a magical house and blessed every child in the family with unique gifts — except Mirabel.

But, when the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, causing the house’s foundations to crack and the Madrigals’ powers to disappear, Mirabel is the one to step up and figure out how to stop it.

The film features songs, by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda which has been described as “syncopatedly infectious, word-weavingly clever, and unabashedly romantic; they keep the film bopping.”

Go back in time with Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho

Edgar Wright shows his film-making genius once again in Last Night in Soho!

Dubbed as seductive and sophisticated by the New York Times, this film transports you to the neon-fuelled thrill ride of the 1960s in Soho, London. 

You will enjoy this twisted thriller if you love a mix of glamour with bloody horror. This will definitely have you on the edge of your seat!

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