Jamal-Dean Grootboom

Jamal-Dean Grootboom
Jamal-Dean Grootboom's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent Online (South Africa)

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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 92% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Overall, the idea of the movie is great and the set design along with the costuming is phenomenal. If you have small kids then they will enjoy it, however, has an adult this isn't gonna transport you to childhood or make you believe. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
95% Black Is King (2020) Black Is King is a feast for the eyes with beautiful cinematography and styling choices. The way Beyoncé was able to weave several cultural references from across the continent is something to behold. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 81% The Old Guard (2020) Overall, The Old Guard is a cute popcorn film that is a nice distraction for two hours. The movie does end on a cliff hanger so we'll have to see if it does get greenlit for a sequel. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 60% Project Power (2020) I initially thought that Project Power was a mediocre film that's nice to watch if you have some time to spare, but as I kept watching the less interested I was in how the story would end. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/5 100% Moffie (2019) Moffie is a feast for the eyes, and Ramsey really tells a story with the way the movie is presented on screen. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The characters are surprisingly on point. I fully went into this movie expecting the worst and ended up finding Sonic very endearing and this is largely due to Schwartz's voice acting. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The chemistry between the actors is what keeps the film going throughout the running time. Director James Mangold does a great job balancing the emotional moments with the faced-paced racing set pieces. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) This movie has a great premise but horrible execution. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is worth the trip to the cinema with Pitt giving a stellar performance. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 52% The Lion King (2019) Does this remake have the same magic as the original? No. But it takes nothing away from the animation classic and is a good adaptation. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The musical numbers are grand, the acting is great and this is a must watch film for Elton John fans. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
22% Dark Phoenix (2019) The pacing in Dark Phoenix is slow and it feels as if characters are merely moving from one set piece to the next for the sake of action sequences - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin is still an enjoyable film with vibrant colours, a lovable Genie and you will still get the Disney feel. It falls short due to Ritchie's indecisive direction and wooden acting from Scott and Massoud. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Even though the human characters are a snooze, the vibrancy and exuberance of all the Pokémon make up for it in spades. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This is one of those movies you have to watch in the cinema with other people. You won't regret it. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) Peele has a perfect balance of comedy and horror when it comes to tone, and the cinematography as a whole is spectacular. The acting is also amazing. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) At this point, Marvel Studios can do no wrong and Captain Marvel is not only a great stand-alone film but also gives some established characters more depth. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Near the end of the film, it was also very obvious that they had either run out of time or budget since the movie started looking like a video game cut scene. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
77% Green Book (2018) This film coddles white viewers to make them feel good on the inside while black/people of colour viewers are left looking at a jaded film that wasn't made with a true black perspective in mind. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) The costuming is on point and the visuals of the film are amazing. Atlantis, in particular, feels like an underwater Pandora and is a feast for the eyes. Where the wheels start falling off is continuity, scriptwriting and use of characters. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/5 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle's lack of tonal consistency which makes it too dark for kids and not dark enough for adults. Falling into this weird middle ground that makes it unclear as to who this film was made for. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) While it was great seeing how the band got together and how the iconic songs were made, the film felt rushed and too convenient in the way it all fell into place. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) This is a not-to-be-missed film and shows that Cooper is a certifiable director, while Gaga shows that acting is not just a fling and solidifies her as a true triple threat. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is a film that is both enjoyable and intelligent with director Spike Lee making one of the most thought-provoking films of the year. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 56% The First Purge (2018) This truly is one misshapen film which could've held a mirror to the treatment of people of colour in America. Instead, we are left with something that feels like a half-baked idea and uses social consciousness as a trendy framing device... - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a brilliant movie with a spectacular screenplay, amazing acting and set design that needs to be watched on the big screen. This is a must-watch film. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin is one fun escapist movie that will tug on your nostalgia heartstrings. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) If there is an action movie to watch right now, then this is it. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/5 48% Skyscraper (2018) And while it is entertaining for all the wrong reasons there's no need for you spend your money on this. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is one fun ride which never loses its steam. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/5 91% Love, Simon (2018) Director Greg Berlanti does a great job of balancing the tone of the film with a coming-of-age film. This film is funny, heartbreaking, enduring and a really does move along at a great pace. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
5/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Everything from the voice acting, character development, plot line, action sequences, pacing and overall direction is pure brilliance. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The self-awareness along with the on-screen charisma of all our protagonists is what makes this film such a joy to watch. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
27% Breaking In (2018) The tone of this film is all over the place. The actors feel as if they are in very different movies. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4/5 69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Overall, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is a great time at the cinema and really gives Han Solo the spotlight he deserves. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Ryan Reynolds has notably gotten more comfortable in the role, giving layers to the comedic character. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) DuVernay aims for the stars, but A Wrinkle in Time doesn't even reach the earth's stratosphere. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Everyone shows up in this film, there is not a single weak performance to speak of. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2/5 51% Rampage (2018) Even Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson couldn't save Rampage from being an utter train wreck. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) It does away with the over-the-top nature of the previous incarnation and in its place we get a gripping action-adventure film. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 18% Death Wish (2018) ... the movie is badly edited and has a cringe-worthy plot line, with Bruce Willis sleepwalking his way through the film. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2/5 45% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow gives the impression that Jennifer Lawrence needs to take a break to recharge her batteries. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me By Your Name does more harm than good, and needed to be and do more. Especially as yet another queer white cisgender-centric film, it should have aimed for the stars instead of aiming to make people feel comfortable. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It takes a very realistic approach to the depiction of the characters within the small town and their motivations. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther goes leaps and bounds above what was expected. The reason is not only because it is the best Marvel solo movie. It is deeper than that. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Overall, 'The Disaster Artist' is a triumph through and through. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) This opening sequence is actually very thrilling and the best action sequence in the whole franchise. Unfortunately, the rest of movie falls flat with regard to character development, screenplay and proper exposition. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The beauty of this film is Del Toro's gift of telling fantastical stories, but still giving them heart and crafting well-rounded characters throughout. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 40% Justice League (2017) Now, we have a consistent tone throughout of the film, witty dialogue from the characters, a story that makes sense and every member of the Justice League has a distinguishable personality. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2.5/5 68% mother! (2017) Lawrence and Bardem deliver adequate performances, but the plot and story are one big heap of confusion. - Independent Online (South Africa) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017