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Alita: Battle Angel

Award-winning filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) have brought the heroine of the cyberpunk-themed manga comic Battle Angel: Alita to the big screen, with the title slightly transposed. The live action movie incorporates Avatar-level computer graphics, drawing on Cameron’s vast experience – and several Oscars – in this field.

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Alita: Battle Angel is set a few centuries in the future. An abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world in which she finds herself.

As she learns to navigate her new life and the dangerous streets of Iron City, Alita is shielded from her mysterious past by Ido. Her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers to help trigger her memories. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origins, Alita sets out on a journey that will see her take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives. 

The film will be released on 14 February in Nu Metro cinemas.

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The Silence – A Netflix Original Film

For fans of Bird Box, Netflix Original The Silence takes a different twist to horror-thrillers by introducing terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound.

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When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult that is eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses. The Silence is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and stars Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter and Kyle Breitkopf.

The film is available to stream now on Netflix.

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Everything Must Fall – Showmax

Everything Must Fall takes an unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education.

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Everything Must Fall is directed by Rehad Desai, who won an International Emmy Award for Best Documentary for Miners Shot Down, about the Marikana massacre.

The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist. When Habib’s efforts to contain the protest fail, he brings 1 000 police onto campus, with dire consequences for the young leaders.

#feesmustfall was a pivotal moment for South Africa. As we have just had our national elections, it’s the perfect time to revisit the questions the movement raised about our priorities as a nation. Vuyani Phambo and Fasiha Hassan, who both feature prominently in the film, are on the parliamentary election lists for The Economic Freedom Fighters and ANC respectively. In May, Everything Must Fall is one of six productions representing South Africa at INPUT in Bangkok, an annual showcase of the best storytelling in the public interest

The documentary is available to stream now on Showmax.

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