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Six Top Movies to Watch Out for in 2019

Movie enthusiasts are already gearing up for an exciting 2019. The film studios have begun to release trailers for their upcoming releases and excitement is building among the film-going public. Some of the films are already being talked about for film awards by Springbok mobile players and other movie aficionados.

Some of the upcoming 2019 films to watch out for include:

six movies to watch in 2019

What Men Want

In 2000 Mel Gibson starred as Nick, a chauvinistic male executive who suddenly gained the ability to hear what the women around him were thinking. Nick’s first instinct is to try to rid himself of this curse but he starts to realize that he can manipulate women by using the ability to read their minds to his advantage.

In the 2019 sequel, What Women Want, sports agent Ali Davis (Henson) is passed over for a promotion at her agency. Soon after that incident, she experiences an accidental knock on the head and suddenly finds that she has the ability to hear men's inner thoughts.

Ali begins to use this newfound ability to try to understand what it takes to succeed in a "man's world". Her ultimate aim is to outsmart her co-workers in a race to represent an up-and-coming basketball star. The question is, while Ali's new power is helping her get ahead, could it also be putting other important parts of her life at risk?

This is a feel-good comedy that gets a little raunchy at times but is basically a good film for the entire family.

Lego Movie 2

The 2014 Lego Movie was the surprise hit of 2014 for the younger set. That computer-animated adventure comedy film followed Lego characters around as good Lego guys battle the Lego villains to save the world.

The new movie picks up where the old one left off. Bricksburg is now a post-apocalyptic wasteland but Emmet, the hero of Lego Movie, must prepare to defend his hometown and his friends against new invaders. The movie includes many of the elements of the first film including characters, intergalactic action, Duplo intervention and royalty. When the evil Watevra Wa-Nabi launches an attack designed to take over the universe, Emmet and intergalactic hero Rex Dangervest team up to do battle to defend friends, family and fellow Bricksburg citizens.

The technology and imagination of Lego Movie 2 promise to be everything that Lego Movie delivered and more.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

This is the third -- and ostensibly final chapter -- of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. The first How to Train your Dragon film of the series followed a hapless young Viking who sets out to hunt dragons and learns that there are more to dragons than he assumed when one of the dragons becomes his friend.

How to Train Your Dragon 2, which came out in 2014, focuses on the characters Hiccup and Toothless who discover an ice cave where hundreds of wild dragons live. They encounter the mysterious Dragon Rider and embark on a battle to protect the peace.

The 2019 film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, takes the viewers into the peaceful dragon utopia which Hiccup is trying to create. Toothless, however, discovers an untamed, elusive mate which draws away the Night Fury, causing danger to mount. Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested and he must join with Toothless to save their kingdom.


Tom Hanks wrote the screenplay and has the starring role in this WWII drama about Commander Ernest Krause, a naval commander who is charged with leading a convoy of 37 Allied ships across the North Atlantic while they elude pursuing German U-boats. The movie is based on the book, The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester, a nautical war novel that explores a career Navy officer who embarks on his first wartime mission. Krause must lead the captains of the other vessels who are younger and junior to him in rank but who have already seen battle. He fears that he is unsuited to combat and, as he sets out on a battle of wits against the Germans, he must battle his own self-doubts and feelings of inexperience and inferiority.

The tale moves past the crossing, which concludes successfully, as Krause’s skills are acknowledged and he is given command of 'The Greyhound', a navy destroyer. Like the book, the movie illustrates the struggles that the Navy encountered during the Atlantic war, especially the exhaustion brought on by constant tension and vigilance. The movie also touches on the problems of early radar and the difficulty experienced due to poor communications between the High Command and the fleet as radio operators struggled with HF Radio and early manual cryptography.

Avengers: Endgame

The coming year won’t be devoid of superhero movies and the new Avengers film promises to be one of the best. Following hot on the heels of the highly successful 2018 Avengers: Infinity War – Part I comes Avengers: Infinity Wars – Part II, titled “Endgame.” The storyline of the Endgame movie revolves around the attempt to bring resolution to the conflict between Thanos, the Mad Titan, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The war has been raging since the last episode and now Hawkeye, Ant-man, and Tony of Lost in Space are joining the fray.

Superhero movie fans will likely find Endgame to be quite satisfying as this movie marks the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “phase three”.


It’s one thing to make a live-action movie with human actors and inanimate objects but Dumbo adds animal characters to the mix in a heart-stopping remake of the Disney 1941 classic about a baby elephant who can fly, the people who are ready to exploit him and his friends who stand with him.

The movie follows the original storyline faithfully but adds new elements that give viewers a highly engaging and compelling movie experience.

2019 promises to be an exciting year for movie fans of any genre.

Brits ditch DVDs in favour of streaming sites this Christmas

As the UK’s top 10 favourite Christmas films for 2018 are revealed, streaming sites are disrupting tradition, with the majority of Brits shunning DVDs in favour of streaming sites and two Netflix Originals in the top five this year.

According to a survey of 1,024 UK adults, an incredible 73% of those watching Christmas movies this year said that they’ll be getting their festive fix from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.

This is compared to only 27% who’ll be favouring the traditional method of heading out to buy a DVD before snuggling up on the sofa to watch it.

The survey also reveals the UK’s top ten favourite Christmas movies, with traditional classic, It’s a Wonderful Life remaining the nations favourite, with 71% of people saying this.

This is closely followed by Elf with 68%. Completing the top three is Netflix Original, A Christmas Prince, which 55% of those surveyed said was their favourite Christmas movie.

The majority (64%) of people said they traditionally watch their first Christmas movie of the year when putting up their tree, as this is when the festive season begins for them.

This is revealed alongside the news that an incredible 78% of UK residents will watch at least one Christmas movie over the festive period, with the average person watching six Christmas movies this year. The same people might even have a punt with this nairabet affiliate code 2018.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at Laptops Direct said: “Given the popularity of streaming services, it’s unsurprising that many people will be opting to watch their Christmas films via these service providers, rather than more traditional methods. “However, I was surprised that the survey found this would be almost three quarters of Brits in 2018. The advantages of streaming sites are very clear, with the variety of choice and the convenience being a huge bonus over traditional methods.

“Given these findings, it’s clear that Brits are still very much in love with the Christmas movie, just that they’re adapting their viewing method in line with the times, though I was incredibly surprised to see a couple of Netflix Originals knocking some Christmas Classics off the top spots this year.”

Top 10 favourite Christmas movies

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (71%)
2. Elf (68%)
3. A Christmas Prince (55%)
4. Miracle of 34th Street (54%)
5. The Christmas Chronicles (52%)
6. The Snowman (46%)
7. Home Alone (40%)
8. White Christmas (38%)
9. The Grinch (11%)
10. Love Actually (9%)
'Mowgli' in the Concrete Jungle

The Jungle Book is Rudyard Kipling's beloved tale of Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves, who comes to fend for himself in the wild. Disney recently converted aspects from the 1967 animated film into a live-action adventure. Renewing interest in the classic novel, it has since been adapted by Andy Serkis into a film with a greater focus on the man cub. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a Netflix film, which released exclusively to the streaming service in November this year.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

To launch the film, critics and journalists were invited to get into the spirit of things by attending the Mootee Bar in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. Jungle Book-themed cocktails, wooden drink tokens, extra foliage and Indian-infused canapés were the order of the day. Greeted at the entrance by a spider web rope tunnel, the evening was bound to be anything but conventional. Having cocktails named after the main characters proved to be an eye-opening and mouthwatering experience. From variations on a piña colada to drinks served with naked flames, the evening was full of feasting and fun.

Instructed to bring a fully charged smartphone or tablet, attendees were given a set of Bluetooth headphones as well as a three month subscription to Netflix with 15GB data from Telkom Mobile. Poised for a chilled evening of drinks, snacks and Jungle Book culture, the unusual screening format was set to be memorable.

A message to the Johannesburg launch from motion capture superstar and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle director, Andy Serkis, kicked off the screening event, which was designed according to the Netflix viewing experience. While presented with the opportunity to view Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle at the bar itself, I decided to watch the film in HD on a bigger screen in order to do the Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle review justice. Meeting with one or two familiar folks and connecting with some social media faces, the experience was enjoyable and welcome. The staff at the Mootee bar were charming and observant, making the trendy restaurant the perfect place to meet and explore jungle lore.

Act Cape Town Graduation Night 2018

Act Cape Town is a South African film acting academy based in Loop Street, which was founded in 2005. The film school trains and nurtures acting talent, from short courses to training programmes over three years across acting disciplines suited to film, television and theatre. Act Cape Town director, Candice Poole, has built an accredited and reputable educational institution over the years, which culminates in an annual graduation ceremony. Functioning as an awards ceremony and an opportunity to showcase scenes and short films created during the year, it's an important milestone for fellow actors to come together in celebration. Invited among a host of renowned industry professionals and coaches, Spling was able to witness the ceremony first hand.

Act Cape Town prides itself on employing some of South Africa's brightest and most experienced acting talents as teachers. Grant Swanby, Nicola Hanekom, Tamryn Spiers and Matthew Kalil are just a few of the industry coaches developing the next generation of acting talent, taking a multidisciplinary approach in helping them showcase their work. The institution is geared towards a practical outcome for students, giving them the tools to get a foothold in the industry, offering experience in terms of professional know-how (auditioning, accent work, technique and improvisation) and generating great material for their first show reel.

A red carpet, champagne, strawberries and plenty of flash photography, the event drew parents, students, staff and friends to the Labia Theatre. Conducting the ceremony from within the Labia's main cinema, Act Cape Town's presence was felt through banners, screens and a branded lectern light box. While there were one or two technical glitches, the evening wasn't impeded, moving at a clipped pace. Certificates were awarded to students from 1st to 3rd year with great applause for each of the personalities accepting their certificate of completion.

Being screened at Cape Town's most iconic independent cinema, it must have been quite a rush or shock for students, who saw their faces on the big screen. Moving from scenes for the first year students who took screenplay excerpts from films like Get Out, Madea's Family Reunion and Revolutionary Road, it was enjoyable to see young talents being shaped and molded. The second-year students had to produce a short film, which enabled them to have more creative control, writing characters who aligned with some of their acting heroes and experimenting with a longer format. Then, the highlight of the evening was the third year film directed and written by Grant Swanby, which featured all of the third year students in a well-crafted dramatic thriller about a dysfunctional family.

Act Cape Town is a niche acting school that is equipping young actors, many of whom show great promise, and could very well be the faces of the future. With alumni such as Christia Visser, Carishma Basday and Jessica Sutton, it's easy to see how their focused training is paying off. It's wonderful to see blossoming acting talent, especially at a grassroots level and it shouldn't be long before Act Cape Town reaches a whole new wave of promising young actors in pursuit of their dreams.

Seven Gambling Movies: To Watch or Not to Watch?

When you really think about it, everything in life is a gamble including liking the movie we’ve picked. This is especially true when it comes to some favorite area of interest of ours, we’d like to see covered so that it suits our fancy. So, if you are a gambling aficionado, you’d like to see a good gambling flick every now and then… right? So, to help you pick out a couple of great ones well-worth your time and your taste we sat down to a gambling movie marathon to select and review a few of them for you.

So here it goes...

Mississippi Grind

The story line is about an average unlucky gambler named Gerry, portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn, who nevertheless feels that his big break is sure to happen sooner rather than later. And his big break does indeed come when he meets Curtis, a young traveling gambler, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, while playing Texas Hold ‘em. Curtis told him that the reason he was so good at cards was because he never cared about winning. The two of them start betting on races and gambling together and eventually gamble at different towns down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

The movie is a perfect blend of a road movie and a gambling motion picture with great portrayals of gamblers on the part of both Mendelsohn and Reynolds.

The Best of It

This feature length documentary gives us an amazing look at the real life of professional sports bettors in Las Vegas. It follows the woes and joys of somewhat quirky characters by the names of Boston, The Shrink, Dink, and Banker. This is a great movie if you want to learn more about touts and money management and not just getting the best out of your number.

The lighter bits featuring their wives, pets and assistants provide excellent balance to the darker side of the documentary.

Lay the Favorite

Now, this is one movie that you can take a pass on. It is based on the journalist Beth Raymor’s memoir of the same name. She was a Fulbright fellow and studied offshore gambling operations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. The book is about her experiences in the sex industry, amateur boxing and sports-betting. Lay The Favorite, the movie, focuses on her relocation to Vegas in the 1990s where it turned out she’s got more than just good luck when it comes to gambling. To top it all off, she falls in love with Dink (yes, the sports gambler from The Best of It) and you can imagine how happy that made his wife Tulip.

Nevertheless, it is a shame that a film with such a great array for a cast (Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vince Vaughn) did not do proper justice to the book. The plot was just moving too fast. That said, go and get Raymor’ s book so you can actually enjoy her action- packed life story.


This is another gambling picture that is based on a true story from the 1970s and it is a true gem. Under the direction of Martin Scorsese in this 1995 classic Robert De Niro stars as Ace Rothstein, an expert gambling handicapper sent by the Chicago mob outfit to oversee the operations at Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. Ace and his enforcer Nicky Santoro, played by Joe Pesci, also had to keep grabbing enough money off the top to pay the mafia while evading the FBI and to deal with the Gaming Commission. Eventually they end up competing over managing the casino and Ginger, Ace’s alcoholic wife.

Casino is a must-see flick as it portrays casinos during the good old days in their prime. You have to agree that now that the corporations have taken over they resemble vacation results and movie studios rather than what your standard casino looked like back in the day.

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

Gambling doesn’t pop into your mind for sure when you think of the Flintstones. Still, Fred and Barney, portrayed in the movie as young bachelors, do make it to Rock Vegas after all. Chip Rockefeller, who has his heart set on winning Wilma for himself, invites Wilma and her new friends Betty, Fred, and Barney to his Rock Vegas resort. And as always, it is Barney who is keeping Fred in check so this time it is to keep Fred away from playing high-stakes poker.

We also get to see gangsters pay a visit to Chip who owed a lot of money but other than that we don’t recommend you watch the movie if you expect to see a lot of casino-related scenes. If you on the other were missing your two favorite couples from the Stone Age then this is the movie for you.

Harvard Man

Yes, you can even make money and loads of it in fact when losing a game. Alan Jensen, a Harvard student and a point guard on their basketball team, is in need of $100,000 to help out his parents whose house got destroyed in a tornado. His girlfriend Cindy Bandolino, whose father is a mob boss persuades Alan to throw a game against Dartmouth for the money. She tells him that her father is behind this, but she actually she goes to her father's associates, Teddy Carter and Kelly Morgan for funding. And guess what! These two are undercover FBI agents.

The plot where the main character is caught between having a mafia boss and the FBI on his back at the same time would have been very intriguing if it wasn’t for the long flashes of Adrian’s character hallucinations on LSD. It ruined the movie, so this is yet another movie that's not an open recommendation to anyone.


The gambling movie is so worth watching! It is based on the true story of a group of MIT students who tried to rob Vegas casinos by playing blackjack and being geniuses at counting cards. The main character Ben Campbell is a mathematical genius who gets accepted into Harvard Medical School after MIT, but can’t afford to pay the $300,000 tuition. However, a professor of his from MIT invites him to join a blackjack team with some of his students and they end up flying back and forth to Las Vegas with Professor Rosa as the greed and money collect but Ben also has to pay the price and forgetting all about an engineering competition is just one of them...

This movie will make you want to learn about how to beat the system but will also teach you all about the much needed caution in gambling. Hope you enjoy the thrilling 2 hours.

There you go - to each his own when it comes to matters of taste, of course, but here is hoping this pick of gambling flicks are of some use to you! Happy watching, rolling, and betting to you all...

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