Spotlight is our entertainment bite-sized snapshot featuring new entertainment releases in SA, exclusive film trailers and much more. New episodes are out every Thursday on Sunday Times Lifestyle, Sowetan Entertainment and on YouTube, plus you can follow Spotlight on Facebook.

This week’s episode of Spotlight spans genres from suspense thrillers to a heartfelt comedy drama on the big screen, as well as great local reality, comedy and exciting upcoming series on streaming platforms.

Beast is a new suspense thriller on at cinemas from August 12, filmed entirely in SA and starring award-winning Idris Elba and local actor Sharlto Copley. It features the widowed Dr Daniels (Elba) on a safari trip with his daughters, in search of healing. What’s meant to be a bonding family holiday quickly turns into a fearsome fight for survival against predator and poachers.

From pulse-pounding to heart-warming, we take a look at the Indian remake of Forest Gump in Laal Singh Chaddha. Like its American predecessor, it’s about the journey of a simple man seeing historic events unfold, but with an Indian twist. Aamir Khan plays the title role, with Kareena Kappor co-starring and a guest appearance by the one and only Shah Rukh Khan. A beautiful, heartfelt romance.

Don’t miss Spotlight’s compilation of amazing local content on Showmax and Netflix, such as Mohale — On the Record (now streaming on Showmax), countered by Living The Dream with Somizi, season 5.  Also on this platform is Khanyi Mbau’s Comedy Central Roast, streaming uncensored from August 15.