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SPOTLIGHT | A post-Oscar focus; 'Morbius', horror 'X' and blue hedgehog Sonic fill movie roster; win prizes

We break down the Oscar winners, as Marvel's living vampire hits cinemas, along with 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2', and the clever and acclaimed slasher flick 'X'; plus a first look at 'Halo' for the small screen

31 March 2022 - 16:54

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Spotlight looks at all the hot topics in the entertainment world this week, including new cinema releases, and the small-screen adaptation of gaming franchise Halo, now on Showmax.

Award season concluded with the Oscars abuzz with eventful moments, the most obvious being Will Smith’s attack on Chris Rock, who made a distasteful joke about Smith’s wife, before Smith later won his first best actor Oscar for his performance in King Richard. The episode looks at the various category winners such as Coda, Dune, West Side Story, Belfast and Power of the Dog in a year where so many ground-breaking films made it to the big screen.

This week’s Marvel film release at cinemas is Morbius, starring Jared Leto in the title role as he accidentally turns himself into a living vampire. Joined by Michael Keaton, Matt Smith, Jared Harris and Tyrese Gibson, Morbius offers action-packed antihero entertainment. It also releases on IMAX from April 1. 

Spotlight also has a look at slasher horror film X.  Starring Brittany Snow, Jenna Ortega, Kid Cudi and Martin Henderson, and set in rural Texas in 1979, a mini-porn production rapidly turns into a nightmare. The film has garnered praise for its clever and skillful homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and multiple other horror classics, and staying true to its purpose: terrifying the audience.

Gaming and Sonic franchise followers can feast their eyes on the most popular video game character in the world as Sonic The Hedgehog 2 releases at cinemas and in 4DX. 

Don’t miss the Los Angeles premiere coverage of the new Paramount military science-fiction series Halo, now on Showmax, with SA director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) helming some episodes. Already renewed for a second season, Halo follows supersoldier Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber of American Gods, Orange is the New Black) in this interpretation of one of the highest-grossing gaming franchises of all time.

For full interviews, breaking news, trailers, clips and competition details, visit our Spotlight Facebook page. See you at the movies!

Presenter Collette Prince is dressed by Kalea Collective.

Two competition giveaways of movie merchandise

  1. To celebrate the release of Morbius, we have movie merchandise hampers to give away.
  2. To celebrate our favourite blue hedgehog Sonic’s second cinema release, we have Sonic the Hedgehog 2 merchandise to give away.

To enter, visit the Spotlight South Africa Facebook page.

Terms and conditions apply.

Winners will be drawn randomly and notified by SMS after the competition has closed.  Entrants’ personal details will not be retained for marketing purposes. Winners have to provide proof of age (ID/driver’s licence) and cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. By entering participants agree to have their names published on TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and Spotlight South Africa on Facebook. Employees of Arena Holdings and their family members are not eligible to enter.