Channel24 (South Africa)

Channel24 (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
Rating Title/Year Author
Kidnap (2017) Rhodé Marshall There's nothing unique about Kidnap - not even the title. Kidnap is Taken, except with a divorced mother instead of a retired CIA operative. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Rhodé Marshall While A Wrinkle in Time is visually dazzling, big-hearted and intermittently moving, it's also wildly ambitious - to a fault. The film is a missed opportunity and, instead of the family classic I expected, it is a somewhat cheesy children's movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Grethe Kemp The film is lush and Rowling-esque enough - with plenty of wonderfully animated fantastic beasties - to satisfy Potter fans. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Grethe Kemp Unfortunately, director Dean Israelite shies away from everything that made the franchise great. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Boss Baby (2017) Phumlani S Langa The film's strength is Baldwin, who kills it in this movie and his comedic timing clearly shines through. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Phumlani S Langa This new joint is dark, no-nonsense and butt-kicking - thanks mainly to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel and Jason Statham. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Silence (2016) Grethe Kemp You might even find yourself wondering whether you need to find more spirituality, more faith, more meaning in your life - even if it's not in the form of Christianity. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Sleepless (2017) Phumlani S Langa Director Baran Odar does well with this feature, and even gets an acceptable performance out of T.I. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Phumlani S Langa The fresh part about this is the soundtrack. Man, old-school bangers and nostalgia in the air. An interesting dynamic between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her long-lost sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) injects an entertaining sibling rivalry. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
20th Century Women (2016) Grethe Kemp Mills, to his credit, creates realistic scenarios with natural dialogue, but this also happens to make the movie, well, very boring. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Bypass (2019) Phumlani S Langa Bypass is both entertaining and educational. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Wonder Woman (2017) Grethe Kemp Jenkins' Diana is vulnerable but strong, compassionate but fierce, good-hearted but no pushover. This film is a solid springboard for Diana to be fleshed out in further instalments. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Phumlani S Langa Transformers: The Last Knight is cleverly directed by action-movie king Michael Bay - the CGI isn't abused in every scene and the cast is probably the best it's ever been. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Lost City of Z (2016) Grethe Kemp Instead of painting a dapper Indiana Jonesian picture of a valiant white man making friends with the natives and conquering the jungle, it shows Fawcett as self-obsessed. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Detroit (2017) Grethe Kemp Though there's still plenty in the film that should be lauded - the saturated and claustrophobic cinematography, and potent performances from most of the cast, for instance - it's a film that should be watched with a disclaimer. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
3.5/5 It (2017) Grethe Kemp Despite having plenty of gore, It works because it retains a sense of decency. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Mountain Between Us (2017) Grethe Kemp What we get is a weird survival romance with tedious dialogue. I love Winslet, as I'm sure we all do, but after a while her character goes from witty to whiny. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Wind River (2017) Grethe Kemp The acting is strong, the characters complex and the story realistic. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
1/5 Amityville: The Awakening (2017) Grethe Kemp She (Bella Thorne) is the clichéd Goth girl incarnate, made even more laughable by the fact that almost no teenager in 2017 still wears the studded belts and corset tops that is Belle's "sad girl" costume. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
2/5 Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Phumlani S Langa Apparently the actors are actually singing - that's impressive. But it doesn't save the movie from its high level of lameness though. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
3/5 The Post (2017) Grethe Kemp The Post should be a clarion call for the US media to do better, instead of an ode to its apparent infallible nobility. I found that the film was undone by its self-congratulatory message. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4.5/5 The Disaster Artist (2017) Grethe Kemp The Disaster Artist is unique, off kilter and strangely inspiring in the end. To his credit, it's a movie only a fellow wierdo like James Franco could make. Go see it. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 Blockers (2018) Grethe Kemp Blockers is a welcome addition to the teen sex comedy genre, and a far cry from the days of American Pie and Varsity Blues. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
3/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Phumlani S Langa Infinity War challenges aspects of this genre that we have come to expect and it will leave you stunned. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Grethe Kemp There are gleefully over-the-top fight sequences (often hyperviolent to suit the R rating), too many pop culture references to count, colourful and lovable characters and quips that come at you every second. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Incredibles 2 (2018) Grethe Kemp The plot is compelling, there are plenty of laughs and the message is contemporary. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Adrift (2018) Grethe Kemp Unfortunately, the film's survival aspect is not as compelling as other films of the same nature. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Gabi Zietsman It aims to make the audience uncomfortable - and nothing will prepare you for the emotional intensity of the Truth or Dare scene. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Gabi Zietsman If you're looking for a paint-by-numbers horror just to get some adrenaline pumping, you won't go wrong with Possession of Hannah Grace. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Gabi Zietsman Hidden World is a must-see animation and while it might be too early to tell, but this might be the best animation of the year already. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 The Prodigy (2019) Ilan Preskovsky Greatness may elude it but there's definitely something to be said for a genre picture that is this (mostly) smartly and efficiently put together. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Alex Isaacs It might be seen as pretentious or ludicrous or any manner of negative things, but to me it is a must-see. If you love movies and seeing a cast and crew firing on all cylinders, then go watch this movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 Wizard (Matwetwe) (2017) Alex Isaacs I think that Matwetwe is some of the best work our industry has to offer, not because it is perfect, but because it shows the intricacies of local life in a way that is relatable to a broad audience beyond our borders. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey (2017) Gabi Zietsman Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey just couldn't make itself watchable or entertaining, and tried too hard to mimic the unique style of veteran South African directors like Katinka Heyns and Jans Rautenbach. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 Your Romeo (Jou Romeo) (2016) Gabi Zietsman Besides the charming and talented leads, the film had a strong supporting cast and fresh script that might have used some clichéd American plot points, but the writers gave it enough of a spin that it didn't feel rehashed. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 Hoener met die Rooi Skoene (2017) Gabi Zietsman Though not the best that Afrikaans films have to offer, with various plot holes, Hoener met die Rooi Skoene has a certain old-school charm that makes it a fun watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 Bypass (2019) Marisa Crous With a lot of twists and turns this film is beautifully crafted in terms of cinematography and direction. It's never boring, although confusing at times. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 What's Your Number? (2011) Shaheema Barodien What's Your Number doesn't offer any real commentary on its prejudicial premise. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Alex Isaacs I would definitely recommend this film to everyone. Whether you have read the books or not, it is a must-see murder mystery that will leave you wanting more. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2017
3/5 The Promise (2016) Alex Isaacs The dichotomy between the love story and historical tragedy could have better done and that the immense acting talent of the three leads was a little bit lost with an overall production that landed with a soft thud instead of a punch. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 Everything, Everything (2017) Leandra Engelbrecht As a teen romance the film ticks all the right boxes: Likable lead, a good story line, and an unexpected twist. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2017
1/5 Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Ilan Preskovsky The problem with the latest Transformers, like all of its predecessors, is that it is just woefully incompetent. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 This Beautiful Fantastic (2016) Ilan Preskovsky This Beautiful Fantastic is the sort of film that would be all to easy to pick apart if it weren't for just how likeable and charming the whole thing is. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 The Hunter's Prayer (2017) Ilan Preskovsky As is typical of these sorts of c-grade genre pictures, there's nothing massively wrong with it but there's next to nothing that's particularly good about it either. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 Gifted (2017) Bronwyn McKay Gifted is nothing flashy but it's a good drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 Before I Fall (2017) Tammy February The movie is gut-wrenching and surprising in many aspects. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 Cars 3 (2017) Bronwyn McKay I also found Cars 3 to be a lot more relatable to adults than the other films. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 The Mummy (2017) Ilan Preskovsky If you're looking for a good Tom Cruise vehicle and/ or a good "creature feature", this really isn't it. Not by a long shot. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 Their Finest (2016) Gabi Zietsman Their Finest is a clean, straight-cut film filled with Brit wit and charm, balanced just right with the gloom of war, and a film that anyone will enjoy. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2017
1/5 Baywatch (2017) Herman Eloff The only highlight really was the villainous Priyanka Chopra as Victoria Leeds. She's actually too good for this cheeseball failure of a flick. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2017