By: Sandy Nene

Watch these films first on public holiday, before their national release

If you haven’t yet decided how you will be spending Heritage Day on 24 September, Ster-Kinekor has some special treats in store for the whole family at its cinemas countrywide. South Africa’s favourite cinema chain is giving you the chance to catch exclusive pre-release screenings of two upcoming blockbuster titles on the public holiday, before their national release. Grab your friends and family, and be among the first to catch these films on Ster-Kinekor’s big screens.

If you are an IMAX® fan, don’t miss the chance to see the much-anticipated The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. It will be screened at Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX theatres at Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban and The Grove in Pretoria East for two shows only – 17:00 and 20:00 – on Wednesday, 24 September.

For the younger members of the family, they can enjoy Planes 2: Fire and Rescue in 3D, which has special pre-screenings at all Ster-Kinekor release sites across all show times for the public holiday. Darren Simpson, one of South Africa’s favourite comedians, radio personalities and host of the 94.7 Breakfast Xpress, is the voice of ‘Drip’, one of five firefighters called The Smokejumpers, in the movie! Be sure to listen out for Darren’s unmistakable voice in his first role for a Disney animated film.

Before or after watching this adventurous sequel, the youngsters can enjoy fun activations including games and colouring-in activity sheets, at some of the participating Ster-Kinekor cinemas. Wonderful Planes 2: Fire & Rescue merchandise and prize hampers are also up for grabs. The cinema activations take place on Wednesday, 24 September, at the following Ster-Kinekor cinemas: The Zone, Carnival City and Cradlestone in Johannesburg; Brooklyn Mall and Forest Hill in Pretoria; Gateway in Durban; and Blue Route and Cavendish in Cape Town.

SYNOPSES OF THE FILMS:

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters.

As he serves vengeance against those who brutalise the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Bill Pullman, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas and Melissa Leo. It carries a 16L classification and the running time is 2hrs and 12mins.

The Equalizer releases nationally on Friday, 26 September, and will show in Ster-Kinekor IMAX cinemas for one week only. Book your tickets today!

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue (3D) is a new comedy-adventure about second chances. It features a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting the historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.

Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles, including Drip, known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue in 3D has a running time of 1hr, 24mins.

Don’t miss out on the chance of seeing these two great films before their national release.  All Ster-Kinekor cinemas are now fitted with the latest digital projection technology, ensuring that you ‘see it best’ and ‘see it first’, as you enjoy ‘Great Moments at their Greatest’.

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