Reviews

June 13, 2019

Jozi Gold reveals shocking truths about mining pollution

Documentary Jozi Gold had its world premiere at the 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival this week, and some of what it revealed about mining pollution is truly shocking. Grethe Kemp reviews the film.
June 15, 2019

STREAMING REVIEW: Bred for the bullet

The 2015 documentary Blood Lions has become increasingly important over the years, as it unpacks how over 800 captive-bred lions are being killed annually by trophy hunters, writes Rhodé Marshall.
June 7, 2019

The enraging When They See Us

Based on a true story that engrossed people from around the world, When They See Us relives the notorious case of the Central Park Five. Rhodé Marshall reviews this difficult yet necessary watch.
June 2, 2019

Survivor SA is really, really good this year

The latest season of Survivor SA is well-made television. It’s an example of how localised foreign formats can improve when channels stick with their dreams and immediately order further seasons so the same crew can upskill, writes Thinus Ferreira.
May 30, 2019

Clumsy Aladdin remake saved by Will Smith

When the first trailer and character images for Aladdin came out, the whole internet was abuzz with what were perceived as lazy musical numbers and a weird-looking Will Smith genie.
June 6, 2019

Fans of Elton John, Rocketman is for you

Rocketman might be a little indulgent, but it is also a cautionary tale of the dangers of drink and drugs when blended with fame, on top of a family that doesn’t demonstrate love as it should, writes Gayle Edmunds.
June 16, 2019

Restaurant review: Kranz has a view to di(n)e for

There’s nothing like a stunning view of Joburg, especially when you’re dining out. Samantha Cook reviews new restaurant, Kranz.
May 26, 2019

The school where Malawian orphans get Chinese names

South African director Nicole Schafer’s stunning Buddha in Africa, the opening film for this year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, offers a nuanced, fly-on-the-wall glimpse of a Chinese orphanage in Blantyre, Malawi.
May 26, 2019

New Miles Davis documentary explores life of the king of cool

The king of jazz left a legacy we should all know about especially as some of his work is entrenched in some of the dominant genres of the present musical era. Phumlani S Langa remembers Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.
May 17, 2019

Detective Pikachu is strictly for Pokémon fans

The Pokémon wave seems to rotate in and out of our lives quite regularly. It all started with the iconic cartoon, the devilish tazos, the cartoon film, the go cell phone game and now a live action feature with a few famous names.
July 23, 2017

CITY PRESS REVIEW: It's a no for online show Microwave Boys

City Press' Phumlani S Langa unpacks new online show The Microwave boys.
May 12, 2019

New Netflix show Lunatics will have you laughing ... or angry

Australian actor and writer Chris Lilley is back with a new show made especially for Netflix, but its already ruffled a few ‘woke’ feathers, writes Phumlani S Langa.
May 12, 2019

Why not watching Game of Thrones is you playing yourself

Game of Thrones has provided us with some of the best years in TV. Phumlani S Langa is loving the final season of this hit series.
May 13, 2019

Ted Bundy movie saved by Zac Efron's performance

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is not complex or far reaching enough to be THE biopic on Ted Bundy, but Zac Efron is nothing but committed in the role.
May 3, 2019

The Other Side is a facepalm of movie

US film The Other Side jumped on #Trending’s radar because of the inclusion of South African actress Altovise Lawrence. Unfortunately, besides Lawrence’s good acting, the film is a failure of note, writes Mahlatse Magau.
May 26, 2019

Lanser's on Main gets a perfect score from us

There’s a reason Lanser’s on Main is rated one of the top restaurants in the affluent suburb, writes Samantha Cook.
May 2, 2019

Here's why Avengers: Endgame is nothing but hype

Avengers: Endgame might be the biggest blockbuster release of the year, but Phumlani S Langa feels like the film is all that gas.
April 29, 2019

STREAMING REVIEW: Final Table will put you off your food

The Final Table is one of those Eurovision-styled talent shows that pretends to be global but is actually all just playing out in the US with its attendant brazen TV imperialism and ladles of bigotry and exclusion.
April 19, 2019

Isn't It Romantic, another convenient romcom

In Isn’t It Romantic, Rebel Wilson – an overall fave – takes shots at what, not too long ago, was a dying film genre in the US. The only problem with films like this is that it’s almost too easy to poke fun at other movies, and it often ends up feeling lazy and a little mean, writes Rhodé Marshall.
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June 16 2019