City Press (South Africa)

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
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Phumlani S Langa This movie gave me my most enjoyable three and a half hours by far. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Trainwreck (2015) Grethe Kemp It's sharp, subtle, funny and thoroughly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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? EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
1/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Phumlani S Langa There are a few differences from last time, all of which are stupid. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Phumlani S Langa For me, The Joker is one of the top features released this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 Pavarotti (2019) Grethe Kemp This is a robust picture of the maestro, and one fans will covet. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
1/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Phumlani S Langa This is the worst film I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 () Phumlani S Langa I found this film to be the most refreshing local content I have encountered all year. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Phumlani S Langa The Lion King plays it safe. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Grethe Kemp This Chucky lacks the potent fear-inducing malevolence that the previous installments had. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 Shaft (2019) Phumlani S Langa Doing away with the blaxploitation format in favour of an action romcom had me feeling a little let down, but this is a light and undemanding watch you might enjoy. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Phumlani S Langa This documentary unpacks the man's life and what a tapestry it is. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Phumlani S Langa If you're still tripping over Pokémon... then go forth and catch this whole film. If you're impartial and not a big supporter of fluffy, cutie pie cinema, then best to avoid this film at all costs. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Grethe Kemp A commendable feature of this film is that director Joe Berlinger resists the impulse of glamourising the violence. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 Supa Modo (2018) Grethe Kemp The film is buoyed by the effervescence of young actress Waweru and a story that will leave your heart glowing long after you've watched it. Warning: you might also shed a few tears by the end. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 Bram Fischer (2017) Grethe Kemp This is a film with nuance and depth that stays true to the facts and politics of the time. I really appreciated the depiction of Fischer's wife, Molly, who was an activist in her own right. So often the role of women in the struggle is marginalised. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 The Harvesters (2019) Grethe Kemp Though it left me impressed by the cinematography, acting and score, I felt that ending it so vaguely was an opportunity los EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Phumlani S Langa Spike Lee always manages to inject political commentary into very clever moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Sew the Winter to My Skin (2018) Phumlani S Langa These are very exciting times in what I now firmly believe is the healthiest branch of South African art. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Black Panther (2018) Phumlani S Langa The film is painfully average. It does so much in every area but actually tell a riveting story. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Roma (2018) Phumlani S Langa You will have to wait for things to get going but, when they do, this film becomes a tapestry of emotion executed in sublime style. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Phumlani S Langa Quite simply, you must watch this. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Wizard (Matwetwe) (2017) Phumlani S Langa The film is shot well, and the cast deliver the most. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 What Men Want (2019) Phumlani S Langa What makes this film, besides Taraji, is the work done to really tap into the way men think throughout the day. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Mayfair (2018) Phumlani S Langa Left me swelling with pride for those who are working tirelessly in the local industry. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 High Fantasy (2017) Grethe Kemp "Fiercely relevant, it represents young South Africans with nuance - well the woke set anyway." EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
5/5 Beauty (Skoonheid) (2011) Grethe Kemp Arguably one of South Africa's greatest films, this is a work so emotionally wrenching that it will dwell with you for years to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 The Tokoloshe (2018) Phumlani S Langa This may not be as pioneering as the work of someone like Alfred Hitchcock, but it's a creative step in South African film making. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 Catching Feelings (2017) Phumlani S Langa The sex scenes are daring for local cinema ... and so is the dialogue, which makes you laugh and think, without being preachy. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018