A heart-wrenching local true story and 3 other films to watch this weekend


Cape Town - The heart-wrenching true story of a mother who killed her abusive tik-addicted son takes the forefront at local cinemas this weekend.

In 2007 Ellen Pakkies from Lavender Hill was given a three-year suspended sentence and community work. 11 years later her story is being told on the big screen.

Also showing: Spike Lee shows off his best work yet in BlacKkKlansman, Mark Wahlberg plays a genius intelligence officer in Mile 22 and The Nun from the Conjuring universe comes to life.

Here are the 4 new films releasing in SA:


Movie: Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story

Our rating: 5/5

Short review: Filmed in Lavender Hill, where the true-life events took place, the movie stays true to Ellen Pakkies’ story.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

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Movie: BlacKkKlansman

Our rating: 5/5

Short review: This Spike Lee movie is a must-watch for everyone whether you’re from South Africa or the deep south of America.

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Movie: The Nun

Our rating: 1/5

Short review: A terrible, cynical cash-in, The Nun may not be the worst horror film of recent years but it is easily one the laziest.

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Movie: Mile 22

Our rating: 1/5

Short review: A contender for worst film of the year, Mile 22 isn’t just a bad action-thriller - one that’s almost painful to watch thanks to some truly dreadful camera work and editing.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 

ALSO SHOWING:

The Happytime Murders

The First Purge

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation

(Photos: Lindsey Appolis, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Empire Entertainment)