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
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 (2017) 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
4/5 Blood Father (2016) Grethe Kemp Gibson is superb as the imperfect, weather beaten patriarch set on saving a damsel in distress. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Grethe Kemp There's plenty of interesting archival footage, as well as great contextualising commentary from the people around the dame. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Love, Simon (2018) Grethe Kemp A teen drama for this generation. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Halloween (2018) Grethe Kemp They didn't mess with one of horror's most iconic characters, and that's a good thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/5 The Tribe (Cuckold) (2015) Grethe Kemp While The Tribe ticks the boxes purely on its cinematic merits, viewers who come to a movie as consumers who want to be entertained, provoked or thrilled might find this lacking. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 Noem My Skollie (2015) Grethe Kemp The best South African film of 2016 ... Anchored by a heart-wrenching autobiographical script by John Fredericks, it tells the story of a young boy who becomes a gangster on the Cape Flats. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 The Revenant (2015) Grethe Kemp Becomes more and more ridiculous as the minutes tick by. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 Fire in the Blood (2012) Grethe Kemp Upsetting, poignant, infuriating... it shows the very worst of humanity - how privileged people in the West simply just didn't give a damn about millions upon millions of people dying in Africa. This is compulsory watching. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 Rough Night (2017) Grethe Kemp Kate McKinnon as the free-spirited Australian Pippa steals the show. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017) Grethe Kemp Hell on Earth is not an easy watch - it's infuriating and harrowing, and the footage is raw and visceral - but it should be compulsory viewing. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 Race to World First (2013) Grethe Kemp The film looks spectacular, the characters are marvellously cheesy and, instead of the subversive wink to the audience that we might expect from a title like this, Jones is never condescending to his demographic. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
5/5 While You Weren't Looking (2015) Grethe Kemp An incisive look at different levels of privilege in South Africa's queer community. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 The Shore Break (2014) Grethe Kemp Grunenwald masterfully captures the beauty of this lush, green part of our country ... Because the story is so politically complex, though, you tend to lose focus and it lags in places. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
1/5 Impunity (2014) Grethe Kemp If Mistry is trying to say violence is so normal in South Africa that some of us are starting to get off on it, it's a fascinating premise - but banally and very bluntly executed here. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018