Reviews

July 14, 2019

Child’s Play is just okay

This Chucky lacks the potent fear-inducing malevolence that the previous instalments had.
July 7, 2019

Wheels and meals at the Naked Kitchen & Coffee Bar

If ever there was a refreshing concept then it’s this one. The Naked Kitchen & Coffee Bar opened a new branch at the Daytona car dealership in Melrose Arch – that’s right in the middle of the showroom, writes Rhodé Marshall.
July 4, 2019

The Netflix sequel is not the Shaft we wanted

Netflix has produced a sequel for Shaft and given it a romantic comedy feel which Phumlani S Langa could have done without.
June 30, 2019

Your kids will adore Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr

It’s fun, it’s relevant and it’s highly interactive. Trust me, you won’t regret taking the kids to Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr, writes Sbu Mkwanazi.
June 28, 2019

Aggretsuko has a lot less rage

In this season of Aggretsuko, Retsuko deals with her overbearing mother, a paranoid junior co-worker and a new suitor.
June 30, 2019

Kings of Mulberry Street is a winner

Kings of Mulberry Street is more than a fluffy school holiday film – it’s a time capsule of the charou experience, writes Youlendree Appasamy.
June 24, 2019

MOVIE REVIEW: Revenge of the psycho nerd

For months, excitement has been building over the release of Ma – a film meant to show actress Octavia Spencer in a different light, writes Rhodé Marshall.
June 13, 2019

Dark Phoenix lacks fire

While it may easily be one of the best and darkest stories from the comic books, it’s quite lazy that the X-franchise is being finalised on a story that’s been done before with a character - Sophie Turner - that we haven’t had a chance to grow to care about.
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.
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July 14 2019