The Ghost and the Tout still shows in most locations even as showtimes for Who?, Divorce?… Not Allowed, and Date Night keep thinning out. Three new comedies, Crazy People, Johnny Just Come, and Charles Uwagbai’s Kondo Games, would be out in cinemas this week. Two of these movies star Funnybone Chibunna, a hilarious addition we’d truly love to see. Come next month and Lara and the Beat (produced by Biola Alabi) will be upon us. While we anticipate this and a few others, here are 9 Nigerian films you should check out this week:
1. Kondo Games
The comic adventure movie depicts life in the police barracks and follows the antics of two notorious police officers, Austin and Vincent who take the viewers on an unending laughter ride.
STARRING: Jide Kosoko, Francis Odega, Uche Jombo, Stanley ‘Funnybone’ Chibunna, Mercy Johnson, Mercy Aigbe, Cossy Orjiakor
2. Johnny Just Come
The hilarious comedy follows an American man, who in his search for love, marries an African woman. The resultant drama explores his naivety to love, marriage, culture and religion. He ultimately discovers marriage to be a learning process where each day brings a different lesson to learn.
STARRING: Patience Ozokwor, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Thuso Mbedu, Nancy Isime, Vuci Kunene, Joey Rasdien, Thando Thabete, Tayo Faniran, Quincy Giles, Cedric Fourie, Baby Cele, Thuli Thabete
3. Crazy People
Ramsey Nouah as a famous Hollywood star returns to the industry after an hiatus to track down and prosecute his impersonator. With the help of his new manager Lucinda, a fellow inmate while he was confined in Rosewood Medical Centre, a mental facility, he sets out to find the imposter within the circles of the entertainment industry. He discovers producers, production companies even photographers were working with the imposter and no one could tell the difference between the fake and the real Ramsey.
STARRING: Ramsey Nouah, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Desmond Elliot, Iretiola Doyle, Sola Sobowale, Monalisa Chinda, Kunle Afolayan, Bryan Okwara, Benjamin Toutoui, Mr Patrick, Stanley ‘Funnybone’ Chibunna
4. The Ghost and The Tout
The story follows a young lady who grew up in the ghetto and how she meets with a ghost after an unfortunate incident. Her life is soon thrown into series of dramas that only her can see and understand.
STARRING: Toyin Abraham, Bayray Mcwizu, Sambasa Nzeribe, Femi Adebayo, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Chioma Akpotha, Lasisi Elenu, Ronke Oshodi Oke, Dele Odule, Chiwetalu Agu, Rachel Okonkwo, Bobrisky
RUNTIME: 105 mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Galleria, Ikeja, Festac, SEC Abuja, Jabi Lake Mall, Uyo), GDC (The Palms, Novare, Maryland, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Warri, Owerri, Ceddi Plaza), Filmhouse (IMAX, Surulere, Dugbe, Samonda, Port Harcourt, Akure, Kano, Benin), Pepperoni Cinemas, Kada Cinemas, Ozone Cinemas
5. Talking Dolls
The story follows the lives of two colourful and opposite characters who find affection with each other but lose more than they bargain for. It is a dark drama that vividly captures the emotional and psychological trauma that can lead a human being to contemplate the worst actions without regards to consequences.
STARRING: Daniel K. Daniel, Belinda Effah, Tamara Komboye, Mofe Duncan, Mike Olaribigbe, Yetunde Oduwole, Kunle Oladeji, Feona Mali, Natalie Deadman, Victoria Inyama
RUNTIME: 115 mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Ikeja, Festac, Uyo), GDC (The Palms, Novare, Maryland, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Warri, Owerri), Filmhouse (Surulere, Akure, Kano), Pepperoni Cinemas, Kada Cinemas
When an innocent online meeting turns into a riveting nightmare, a woman’s fight for survival overshadows any dreams of finding love. Alexandra met her husband Kevin Williams online. She thought that life could not get any better. With promises of marriage and children, she couldn’t turn down his request for her to move to America. Soon after her arrival, Alexandra realized that her life would take a turn for the worst. Kevin’s strange behaviour leads her into the dark world of sexual human trafficking. Alexandra must decide whether she is going to fight and live, or have her voice silenced forever.
STARRING: Ada Ameh, Vivica A. Fox, Joseph Benjamin, Wes Holland, Morgan Petersen, Glen Turner, Amber Nicole Smiley
RUNTIME: 90 mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Galleria, Ikeja, Festac, SEC Abuja, Uyo), Filmhouse (Kano), Pepperoni Cinemas, Ozone Cinemas
For the first time in history, an Ibo and Hausa couple will get together and fall in love for a hilarious story that would become a world headline.
STARRING: Ik Ogbonna, Eyinna Nwigwe, Martha Anakomah, Gregory Ojefua, Princess Omorodion, Etomi Okoka
RUNTIME: 90 mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Galleria, Uyo)
8. Divorce?… Not Allowed
The story focuses on men who are going through a difficult marriage but are not bold enough to divorce their wives. Instead they go as far as setting up scandals for themselves just to get away.
STARRING: Bolanle Ninalowo, Iyabo Ojo, Angela Okorie, Eniola Badmus, Salami Rotimi, Mike Ezuruonye, Kehinde Olorunyomi, Efe Irele
RUNTIME: 110 mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Uyo)
9. Date Night
A man is held hostage by the woman he brings home for the night and an intense struggle for survival follows.
STARRING: Adesua Wellington, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ogechi Peters, Anwuri Ijenebe
RUNTIME: 85 mins
LOCATIONS: Filmhouse (Kano)