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      City Press (South Africa) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Grethe Kemp, Phumlani S Langa, Rhodé Marshall.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      Silverton Siege (2022) Phumlani S Langa Finally, here’s something from Netflix that we can get behind. Silverton Siege is a worthy follow-up project to the efforts displayed in the well-constructed docuseries about the late footballer Senzo Meyiwa.
      Posted Apr 28, 2022
      4/5
      Flatland (2019) Grethe Kemp The sheer style and freshness of Flatland is what carries it through...
      Posted Nov 10, 2020
      5/5
      Da 5 Bloods (2020) Phumlani S Langa Da 5 Bloods is a war-time film that gives this genre a much-needed shot of melanin. This is the story of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of the black men who were bundled into uniforms...
      Posted Jul 10, 2020
      4/5
      Becoming (2020) Rhodé Marshall If you're looking for something to watch to make you feel like the world will get better and that there's hope, watch Becoming.
      Posted May 28, 2020
      4/5
      Creed II (2018) Rhodé Marshall Scripted by Stallone and Juel Taylor, Creed II deserves a cheer.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Tess (2016) Rhodé Marshall Tess is Rickards' first big-screen feature film after previously working in documentaries. It's a hard-hitting drama that's based on Farren's award-winning novel...
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Brothers Hypnotic (2013) Rhodé Marshall Now grown, they make music that is at once joyful, unremittingly exciting and undeniably wonderful as they raise eight brass horns to the sky. This is a great coming-of-age story.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Fences (2016) Rhodé Marshall This Oscar-nominated film about a black working class family in the 50s is uneven in its delivery, but features powerful performances by Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      2.5/5
      Atomic Blonde (2017) Rhodé Marshall It all rests on Theron being a kind of female James Bond. But it's not even a good Bond-type film - the plot is too flimsy for it to work.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      All Eyez on Me (2017) Rhodé Marshall All Eyez on Me is a sad contrast to the power of Tupac's words that have captivated fans over the years.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Get Out (2017) Rhodé Marshall Jordan Peele takes us on a frustrating yet ultimately victorious ride with his race-based mystery horror movie. Get Out combines genuine thrills with a no-holds-barred critique of black-white relations.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story (2017) Rhodé Marshall Can't Stop, Won't Stop will leave you with a great sense of the life and times of Diddy, even at times portraying him as just another guy next door.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Baby Driver (2017) Rhodé Marshall The film is sweet and funny, if that's what you'd like in an action film.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Hampstead (2017) Rhodé Marshall At best, you'll find this to be a corny comedy-drama that you wish you'd never seen. The acting isn't terrible, but not even that can save this from being uninspired.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Vaya (2016) Rhodé Marshall The story line of Vaya is packed, but Omotoso manages to make every minute as thrilling as the next.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) Rhodé Marshall You can expect some violence and disturbing imagery, though nothing that will have you on the edge of your seat. But you won't have any tear-jerking moments in this somewhat disappointing film.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Green Book (2018) Rhodé Marshall It would have been far more profound if the film interrogated whether there is change and forgiveness for racists.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      Proud Mary (2018) Rhodé Marshall What was cool was to see the 70s blaxploitation genre reimagined in a modern film, but unfortunately director Babak Najafi fails to connect the dots with the script and the emotions of the characters.
      Posted Apr 14, 2020
      5/5
      Moffie (2019) Grethe Kemp Moffie is another powerful addition to the Hermanus canon, and I can't wait to see what this film maker will do next.
      Posted Mar 19, 2020
      3/5
      Just Mercy (2019) Phumlani S Langa A time or two you may find the sides of your eyes stinging. Just Mercy is a great film, that is, if you're emotionally and mentally ready for it.
      Posted Feb 21, 2020
      5/5
      The Irishman (2019) Phumlani S Langa This movie gave me my most enjoyable three and a half hours by far.
      Posted Jan 16, 2020
      Ant-Man (2015) Grethe Kemp It's all so formulaic, so intentional, so transparently focused on a specific audience to milk a specific dollar.
      Posted Jan 08, 2020
      Trainwreck (2015) Grethe Kemp It's sharp, subtle, funny and thoroughly entertaining.
      Posted Jan 08, 2020
      Creed (2015) Phumlani S Langa Placing focus on the young Creed allows Jordan to breathe his youthful talents into the film. He successfully carries the weight of being the main focal point.
      Posted Jan 08, 2020
      4/5
      The Gift (2015) Grethe Kemp Bateman is superb in his role as, well, an arsehole, and Edgerton's subtle portrayal of a quietly off kilter outsider about to snap is masterful.
      Posted Jan 08, 2020
      The Hateful Eight (2015) Grethe Kemp The Hateful Eight still stands head and shoulders above most other fare on offer in cinemas right now, and it's a worthy addition to the Tarantino library.
      Posted Jan 08, 2020
      3/5
      Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Phumlani S Langa Solo is a decent movie, and you'll learn the origin of one of the most important characters in the Star Wars universe - Han Solo.
      Posted Jan 07, 2020
      4.5/5
      Alpha (2018) Phumlani S Langa Hughes uses a lot of long shots, showing just the silhouettes on screen and it's a striking effect... I also enjoyed how very little script there is in this.
      Posted Jan 03, 2020
      3/5
      Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Grethe Kemp Though Rami Malek (Mr Robot) obviously poured his heart into the role, he could never have won, given the source material he had to work with.
      Posted Jan 03, 2020
      1/5
      Polar (2019) Grethe Kemp The problem is, Åkerlund seems to think he's Quentin Tarantino, injecting gratuitous amounts of violence and torture into a film and calling it art.
      Posted Jan 03, 2020
      4/5
      Free Solo (2018) Grethe Kemp Free Solo is a breathtaking film that not only delves into Alex's motivations, but the feelings of the people around him.
      Posted Jan 03, 2020
      4/5
      Cold Pursuit (2019) Grethe Kemp The action is slick and the wry one-liners come at you thick and fast, and you'll find yourself relishing each henchman Nel takes down in his path of vengeance.
      Posted Jan 03, 2020
      3/5
      The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Phumlani S Langa Besides a few subtle morals such as loyalty and friendship, this was just kid-friendly cuteness and well-imagined work.
      Posted Jan 02, 2020
      2/5
      Avengers: Endgame (2019) Phumlani S Langa You would think they would go back to a time when Thanos was young and vulnerable and off him. They opt for a more intricate approach, which bored me.
      Posted Jan 02, 2020
      3.5/5
      Serena (2016) Phumlani S Langa The film does well to avoid the reality TV template that this genre crashes into at times. The artful insertion of her voice as narration over moments during a game really drives home her state of mind - that of a winner.
      Posted Jan 02, 2020
      3/5
      Breakthrough (2019) Grethe Kemp Sure, it gets a little bit melodramatic here and there, but what's a good family drama without a little cheese?
      Posted Jan 02, 2020
      3/5
      Black and Blue (2019) Phumlani S Langa It was impressive to see what director Deon Taylor could conjure up when he isn't playing the upstanding Luke Cage on Netflix. Films that take place over a day or two always seem more exciting.
      Posted Jan 02, 2020
      4/5
      Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Phumlani S Langa Dolemite Is My Name is such a well-put-together film and reports are that the depictions of the people involved in the unorthodox making of the original are spot on.
      Posted Jan 02, 2020
      1/5
      Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Phumlani S Langa There are a few differences from last time, all of which are stupid.
      Posted Dec 23, 2019
      Gemini Man (2019) Phumlani S Langa Audiences are getting wiser to the tricks used and the envelope will have to be pushed even further by film creators everywhere, in order to do this.
      Posted Oct 15, 2019
      4/5
      Joker (2019) Phumlani S Langa For me, The Joker is one of the top features released this year.
      Posted Oct 04, 2019
      4/5
      Pavarotti (2019) Grethe Kemp This is a robust picture of the maestro, and one fans will covet.
      Posted Sep 27, 2019
      1/5
      Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Phumlani S Langa This is the worst film I've seen this year.
      Posted Sep 20, 2019
      4/5
      Back of the Moon (2019) Phumlani S Langa I found this film to be the most refreshing local content I have encountered all year.
      Posted Sep 19, 2019
      3/5
      Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Phumlani S Langa There were moments in this special that I can get behind, but there were others that I'm shocked that Netflix gave the go-ahead to.
      Posted Sep 12, 2019
      4/5
      Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Phumlani S Langa Once Upon feels like a lay-up compared to some of his other slam dunk features, but it's still hard as nails.
      Posted Aug 30, 2019
      Sextuplets (2019) Grethe Kemp Why did Netflix make this? Who, besides Wayans and director Michael Tiddes, thought this was a good idea? I cannot answer this, dear reader. I may never be able to.
      Posted Aug 30, 2019
      Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Grethe Kemp At one point Dwayne lassoes a chopper with a chain and holds it in the air with one arm. I almost choked on my slushie from pure delight.
      Posted Aug 16, 2019
      2/5
      The Best of Enemies (2019) Phumlani S Langa [It's] staggeringly lengthy and even though this is a true story, the film lacks imagination.
      Posted Jul 25, 2019
      3/5
      The Lion King (2019) Phumlani S Langa The Lion King plays it safe.
      Posted Jul 19, 2019
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