SPOTLIGHT | 'Wonka' delivers famous candyman's origin story; all action in thriller 'Silent Night'

Timothée Chalamet is the young Willy Wonka battling to open a chocolate factory; John Woo delivers again on the adrenaline front; stand to win hampers

07 December 2023 - 14:01
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This week’s Spotlight episode delivers joy and laughs, action and gifts as we update you on the latest movie releases.

The sweetest magic has arrived at cinemas with Wonka, an origin story based on Willy Wonka, Roald Dahl’s character from the best-selling Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book. The book was made into two movies, starring Gene Wilder (1971) and Johnny Depp (2005) as the eccentric Willy Wonka.

This film reimagines a young Willy Wonka and his journey to become the world’s greatest inventor, magician and, of course, chocolatier. It stars Timothée Chalamet in the title role, alongside Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins and Olivia Coleman.

Don’t miss this intoxicating mix of magic, comedy, music mayhem and adventure for the whole family, now in cinemas and on IMAX, 4DX and DBOX.

The master of action movies, John Woo (Face off, Mission Impossible 2) has a new action thriller on the big screen. There is nothing calm about Silent Night, with warring gangs and a man who, after witnessing the death of his son, embarks on a gruelling revenge rampage on Christmas Eve. It stars Joel Kinnaman, Kid Cudi and Cataline Sandino Moreno. This adrenaline-fuelled ride is on at cinemas for all action fans.

Perfect for celebrating the feast of summer holiday movies at cinemas, Ster-Kinekor showcases the full extent of escapism when you indulge in big seats, big sounds and big audiences in their “Leave real life at the door” campaign. It serves to remind us why the big-screen experience is a must-have on our outings lists this holiday season.

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

Presenter Collette Prince is styled and dressed by Claris by Gerrit Pienaar when attending premieres and special events.

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Competition giveaway: Movie hampers and vouchers

This week we have two competitions: we’re giving away Wonka movie merchandise hampers, and also Ster-Kinekor IMAX cinema vouchers, together with more movie merchandise hampers.

To stand in line to win, answer the competition question via the Spotlight Facebook page, and DM your answers and contact details before December 14 2023.

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.

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