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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

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Tickets for Star Wars Universe went on sale this week. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will hit SA cinemas from Thursday 15th December and buying advance tickets will give fans the chance to be one of the first in SA to experience this year’s Star Wars cinematic adventure.

Tickets for Star Wars Universe went on sale this week. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will hit SA cinemas from Thursday 15th December and buying advance tickets will give fans the chance to be one of the first in SA to experience this year’s Star Wars cinematic adventure.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

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Voice assistants become life coaches in Jexi

When a twenty-something writer is forced to upgrade his phone, an artificially intelligent life coach comes with his new device.

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Adam Devine brings his witty and goofy charm to the upcoming movie, Jexi. The film, which will be coming to cinemas on 22 November, is an American romantic comedy about a writer who is addicted to his phone. What could possibly go wrong with this very relevant, present-age obsession?

We’re introduced to Phil (Adam Devine); a single, twenty-something who has a major dependency issue and is addicted to his cell phone.  To his detriment, he has no real friends, has not yet been able to establish himself within the journalism workforce, and finds himself grasping at straws writing ridiculous pop culture “Top 10” lists. 

When Phil breaks his phone, however, he is forced to get an upgrade, which comes with an unusual and unexpected feature: Jexi (Rose Byrne) an Artificially Intelligent (AI) life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. Through her unconventional help, Phil begins to ‘get a life’ and becomes less and less dependent on his phone.

As the plot unfolds, we see Jexi transform into a technological nightmare as ‘she’ orchestrates a series of outrageous ploys determined to keep Phil all to ‘herself’ – even if it means ruining his chances of finding success in any area of his life.

This film stars a cast of comedy actors including Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Michael Pena and Wanda Sykes.

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Modern horror films to stream this Halloween

In preparation for Halloween on Thursday, BRYAN TURNER has selected four modern horror films to stream for a terrifying Halloween night.

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It’s time to get spooky for Halloween, but you won’t need to get into a costume to celebrate. Grab some popcorn and Halloween candy, and use your streaming device of choice to watch these spooky movies.

Hereditary (2018, now on Showmax)

Features themes of demons and evil supernatural forces. Gory and disturbing.

Delve into the mind of writer-director Ari Aster as he brings something fresh to the horror genre. The film is reminiscent of Rosemary’s Baby, one of the best horror films of all time, and features a similar psychological deterioration that the audience gets to witness. Aster is quickly becoming one of the most prolific writers in horror.

The film focuses on Annie Graham (Toni Collette), who tries to separate her family from dark forces that try to break her family apart. These supernatural forces follow her and her two children as it causes them to encounter tragic and disturbing occurrences. True fans of psychological horror would be doing themselves a disservice not watching this film.
It won 43 awards, including Best Film at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards in 2018, and Best Kill at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in 2019.

Click here to read about Terrifier, Siembamba, and Hush.

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