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Film Reviews: Mortal Siege, Or Clocking A Gifted Raider

Film Reviews: Mortal Siege, Or Clocking A Gifted Raider

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Mortal Engines / Directed by Christian Rivers / PG13 Gifted / Directed by Marc Webb / PG13 Tomb Raider / Directed by Roar Uthaug / 13V Finders Keepers / Directed by Maynard Kraak / 16DLV SWAT Under Siege / Directed by Tony Giglio / 16LV...

Book Reviews: Goat Documents, Or Tomorrow Bound

Book Reviews: Goat Documents, Or Tomorrow Bound

  By BRUCE DENNILL & LISA WITEPSKI   100 Documents That Changed The World: From Magna Carta To WikiLeaks by Scott Christianson The Trouble With Goats And Sheep by Joanna Cannon Homo Deus: A Brief History Of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari Perfect Crime by...

Film Reviews: Kidnap The Gringo, Or All We Had Was Tulip Fever

Film Reviews: Kidnap The Gringo, Or All We Had Was Tulip Fever

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Gringo / Directed by Nash Edgerton / 16LVS Tulip Fever / Directed by Justin Chadwick / 16SN Kidnap / Directed by Luis Prieto / 13LV Proud Mary / Directed by Babak Najafi / 16LVD All We Had / Directed by Katie Holmes / 13DL The Strangers:...

Book Reviews: Verwoerd Empires, Or Messiah’s Light

Book Reviews: Verwoerd Empires, Or Messiah’s Light

  By ROB HOFMEYR, LISA WITEPSKI, NIGEL WILLIS   Secret Empires by Peter Schweitzer Verwoerd: My Journey Through Family Betrayals by Wilhelm Verwoerd The Four Horsemen: Tthe Discussion That Sparked An Atheist Revolution by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam...

Music Reviews: The Single File

Music Reviews: The Single File

By BRUCE DENNILL   Artist: So Kindly Track: All I Own Thoughts: There's a great suggestion of the career songwriter and performer (Springsteen, for example) rather than than the flash-in-the-pan pop star here. The flip side is that this song would probably have...

Theatre Review: Isidlamlilo – Boxed In, Or Burning Out?

Theatre Review: Isidlamlilo – Boxed In, Or Burning Out?

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Isidlamlilo: The Fire Eater / Directed by Neil Coppen / Mannie Manim Theatre, Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg   Coming out of the theatre after a performance of Isidlamlilo, the atmosphere is not what most theatregoers would...

Opera Review: Tosca – When In Rome, Or Drama To Scale

Opera Review: Tosca – When In Rome, Or Drama To Scale

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Cape Town Opera: Tosca / Directed by Magdalene Minnaar / The Mandela, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   There are not too many full-scale operas – including, as this production does, a full orchestra – staged in...

Film Reviews: Bohemian Artist, Or Disaster Underpants

Film Reviews: Bohemian Artist, Or Disaster Underpants

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Bohemian Rhapsody / Directed by Bryan Singer / 13DL The Disaster Artist / Directed by James Franco / 16LNS The Lost City Of Z / Directed by James Gray / 13V Fun Mom Dinner / Directed by Alethea Jones / 16DL Captain Underpants / Directed...

Book Reviews: Tasty Lessons, Or Hope Of The Free State

Book Reviews: Tasty Lessons, Or Hope Of The Free State

  By NIGEL WILLIS, LISA WITEPSKI & ROB HOFMEYR   21 Lessons For The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari Tasty WasteNots by Jason Whitehead and Sally-Ann Creed Cape, Curry and Koesisters by Fatima Sydow and Gadija Sydow Noordien Jump On The Bant Wagon by...

Book Reviews: Afrikaner Thunder, Or Mystic Prayer

Book Reviews: Afrikaner Thunder, Or Mystic Prayer

  By VINCENT PIENAAR, ROB HOFMEYR, KATE DENNILL & NIGEL WILLIS   Catching The Thunder by Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Sæter. Translation Diane Oatley Bank Robber by Allan Heyl Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini For Friends and Family by Nicky Stubbs The Rise and...

Theatre Review: Suenos – Graceful Guitar, Or Beyond Bailar

Theatre Review: Suenos – Graceful Guitar, Or Beyond Bailar

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Suenos / James Grace, Carli Olivier & Compania Sophia Spanish Dance / Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg   To the untrained ear, much flamenco and Spanish classical music is of a type – all emotive,...

Music Review: Sting – My Songs, Or A Jukebox Of Genius

Music Review: Sting – My Songs, Or A Jukebox Of Genius

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Sting: My Songs / Sun Bet Arena, Time Square, Pretoria   The average legacy act concert is, perhaps understandably, not expected to be the most exciting scenario, with artists – again understandably – quite possibly tired of...

Film Reviews: Impossible Pitch, Or A Wounded Showman Beguiled

Film Reviews: Impossible Pitch, Or A Wounded Showman Beguiled

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Mission: Impossible – Fallout / Directed by Christopher McQuarrie / 13LV Pitch Perfect 3 / Directed by Trish Sie / PGV The Greatest Showman / Directed by Michael Gracey / PGDPV We Don’t Belong Here / Directed by Peer Pedersen / 13D...

Dance Review: Come Together – Fab Feet And A First-Rate Feat

Dance Review: Come Together – Fab Feet And A First-Rate Feat

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Come Together / Presented by LAMTA / Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg   If you want to make an immediate connection with an audience, there are worse ideas than soundtracking a project with the music of...

Comedy Review: Mark Banks – Alive! Or Facetious Facility

Comedy Review: Mark Banks – Alive! Or Facetious Facility

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Mark Banks: Alive! / Studio Theatre, Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg   The stage for Mark Banks’ one-man comedy show at the Studio Theatre is littered with coloured plastic balls, discarded wigs,...

Film Reviews: American Drone, Or Krotoa Homecoming

Film Reviews: American Drone, Or Krotoa Homecoming

  By BRUCE DENNILL   Krotoa / Directed by Roberta Durrant / 16DL The Whale Caller / Directed by Zola Maseko / 16DL Drone / Directed by Jason Bourque / 13DLV American Made / Directed by Doug Liman / 16DLSV Porneia: A Global Tragedy / Brad Huddleston / 16S...

Film Reviews: Sick Tag, Or Molly’s Army Finds Its Traitor

Film Reviews: Sick Tag, Or Molly’s Army Finds Its Traitor

  By BRUCE DENNILL Tag / Directed by Jeff Tomsic / 16DLSV The Big Sick / Directed by Michael Showalter / 16DLPS Our Kind Of Traitor / Directed by Susanna White / 16VLDNS Finding Your Feet / Directed by Richard Loncraine / 13DL Army Of One / Directed by Larry...

Music Review: The Soil – Joy Shared, Or A Resonant Return

Music Review: The Soil – Joy Shared, Or A Resonant Return

By BRUCE DENNILL The Soil / Theatre Of Marcellus, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Johannesburg   Returning to the stage after a pandemic-enforced break that also allowed space for two of its members to explore solo avenues, popular a capella trio The Soil were...

Theatre Review: Borderline, Or Dysfunction And A Father Feared

Theatre Review: Borderline, Or Dysfunction And A Father Feared

By BRUCE DENNILL Borderline / Directed by Maralin Vanrenen / John Kani Theatre, Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg   Playwright Paul Slabolepszy has been telling funny, often uncomfortable relatable stage stories since the end of the 1970s, and each new piece...

Film Reviews: Crazy Covenant, Or Mother’s Post

Film Reviews: Crazy Covenant, Or Mother’s Post

By BRUCE DENNILL Crazy Rich Asians / Directed by Jon M Chu / 13DLP Live By Night / Directed by Ben Affleck / 16LPSV Alien Covenant / Directed by Ridley Scott / 16HLV Mother! / Directed by Darren Aronofsky / 18HLSV The Post / Directed by Steven Spielberg / 13LV Allied...

Film Reviews: Jurassic Billboards, Or An Ocean Of Brothers

Film Reviews: Jurassic Billboards, Or An Ocean Of Brothers

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Ocean’s 8 / Directed by Gary Ross / 13L Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri / Directed by Martin M Donagh / 16DLPV Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Directed by JA Bayona / 13LV Suburbicon /...

Book Reviews: Looking For Traitors, Or Historical Spy Concerts

Book Reviews: Looking For Traitors, Or Historical Spy Concerts

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, ROB HOFMEYR & NIGEL WILLIS The Looking Glass House by Vanessa Tait A Huddle Of Hippos by Julia Richman and Celeste Beckerling Our Kind Of Traitor by John Le Carré The Historical Overberg by Chris...

TV Reviews: Hollywood Fell, Or Kate Takes Flight

TV Reviews: Hollywood Fell, Or Kate Takes Flight

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Title: Attack Of The Hollywood Cliches Format: Special Streams on: Netflix Stars: Rob Lowe Thoughts: With his tongue so firmly in his cheek it’s a wonder you can hear him speak, Rob Lowe cheerfully...

Book Reviews: A Risen Ocean, Or Loved, Amplified And Nervous

Book Reviews: A Risen Ocean, Or Loved, Amplified And Nervous

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By KATE DENNILL, ROB HOFMEYR, BRUCE DENNILL & NIGEL WILLIS Risen by Angela Hunt, based on the story by Paul Aiello The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina The Third Book Of General Ignorance by John Lloyd, John Murchison,...

Book Reviews: Broken Odyssey, Or A Restless Spy In Corinth

Book Reviews: Broken Odyssey, Or A Restless Spy In Corinth

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By ROB HOFMEYR, KATE DENNILL, DRIES BRUNT Broke And Broken by Lucas Ledwaba and Leon Sadiki The Undoing Of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore Odyssey Of An African Opera Singer by Musa Ngqungwana A Spy In Time by Imraan...

Dance Review: Inferno, Or To Hell With Ballet

Dance Review: Inferno, Or To Hell With Ballet

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Inferno // Choreographed by Mario Gaglione // John Kani Theatre, Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg   To pack a 14,233-line epic poem into a mixture of ballet and contemporary dance that doesn’t...

Book Reviews: Radical Crime, Or Crochet Over The Top

Book Reviews: Radical Crime, Or Crochet Over The Top

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By ROB HOFMEYR, DRIES BRUNT, KATE DENNILL, BRUCE DENNILL & LISA WITEPSKI   American Radical by Tamer Elnoury with Kevin Maurer Michael K by Nthikeng Mohlele Ministry Of Crime by Mandy Wiener Hello, Crochet by...

Music Reviews: A Darker Red Road, Or Obsessed With Faith

Music Reviews: A Darker Red Road, Or Obsessed With Faith

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Cody Carnes: The Darker The Night / The Brighter The Morning Disturbed: Live At Red Rocks Casting Crowns: Glorious Day – Hymns Of Faith Rooks: The High Road Dan + Shay: Obsessed   Atlanta-based...

Film Reviews: Bleed For Deadpool, Or A Star Is Priceless

Film Reviews: Bleed For Deadpool, Or A Star Is Priceless

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Deadpool 2 / Directed by David Leitch / 16DLNPSV Jackie / Directed by Pablo Larrain / 13V A Star Is Born / Directed by Bradley Cooper / 16DLS I, Tonya / Directed by Craig Gillespie / 16DLNPSV Bleed For...

Book Reviews: Lightning And Burning, Or Big Burchell Brides

Book Reviews: Lightning And Burning, Or Big Burchell Brides

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By DRIES BRUNT, BRUCE DENNILL & KATE DENNILL The Lightning Stones by Jack Dubrul Burchell’s Travels: The Life, Art And Journeys Of William John Burchell | 1781-1863 by Susan Buchanan The Burning Chambers by Kate...

Music Reviews: A Camp In The Void, Or Fly Away Dua Lipa

Music Reviews: A Camp In The Void, Or Fly Away Dua Lipa

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Kahn: A Noise In The Void Jeremy Camp: The Answer Dua Lipa: Dua Lipa Yael: Fly Away   Kahn Morbee has always offered – over the course of a long career in a tough niche – something that is not...

Film Reviews: The Sloane Line, Or Quiet In Dunkirk

Film Reviews: The Sloane Line, Or Quiet In Dunkirk

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Miss Sloane / Directed by John Madden / 13L Life On The Line / Directed by David Hackl / 13LV Dunkirk / Directed by Christopher Nolan / 16V First Kill / Directed by Steven C Miller / 16LV A Quiet Place /...

Music Reviews: Brave New Birds, Or Prey Comes Alive

Music Reviews: Brave New Birds, Or Prey Comes Alive

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Various Artists: Grammy 2020 Nominees Various Artists: Birds Of Prey – The Album Various Artists: Rocktober Bethel Music Kids: Come Alive Amanda Cook: Brave New World   Reviewing a compilation of...

Film Reviews: Silence In The Streets, Or Free Game For Nut Jobs

Film Reviews: Silence In The Streets, Or Free Game For Nut Jobs

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Silence / Directed by Martin Scorsese / 13V 100 Streets / Directed by Jim O’Hanlon / 16DLV Game Night / Directed by Mark Perez / 16VL The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature / Directed by Cal Brunker / PGV Free...

Book Reviews: Troubled Oceans, Or Don’t Let Go Of Wild Dogs

Book Reviews: Troubled Oceans, Or Don’t Let Go Of Wild Dogs

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By DRIES BRUNT, LISA WITEPSKI, BRUCE DENNILL Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi The Troubled Times Of Magrieta Prinsloo by Ingrid Winterbach The End Of The Ocean by Maja Lunde Wild As It Gets by Don Pinnock Under Dogs: Man’s...

Book Reviews: The Big America Lie, Or Family For The Duration

Book Reviews: The Big America Lie, Or Family For The Duration

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL & ROB HOFMEYR   Villa America by Liza Klaussmann For The Duration – Poems by Jana van Niekerk, Rosemund Handler and Natalie Railoun The Big Lie: Travels With Ben by Dries Brunt Like Family by...

Music Reviews: Honest Hymns, Or Everyday Life In Africa

Music Reviews: Honest Hymns, Or Everyday Life In Africa

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Blake Shelton: If I’m Honest Various Artists: The World’s Favourite Hymns Coldplay: Everyday Life Ndlovu Youth Choir: Africa The Collingsworth Family Presents Brooklyn & Courtney Kristene DiMarco:...

Film Reviews: Metropolitan Zookeeper, Or Battle To Breathe

Film Reviews: Metropolitan Zookeeper, Or Battle To Breathe

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Chronically Metropolitan / Directed by Xavier Manrique / 16DLS Breathe / Directed by Andy Serkis / PGV The Zookeeper’s Wife / Directed by Niki Caro / 13V The Promise / Directed by Terry George / 16PV...

Music Reviews: Home To Humanz, Or The Mind Of Thieves

Music Reviews: Home To Humanz, Or The Mind Of Thieves

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Saint Etienne: Home Counties Soul Survivor: Never Gonna Stop James Blunt: Once Upon A Mind The Temper Trap: Thick As Thieves Gorillaz: Humanz Building 429: Live The Journey   A concept album built...

Film Reviews: Hollar At Maggie, Or The Status Of Dinner

Film Reviews: Hollar At Maggie, Or The Status Of Dinner

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL The Hollars / Directed by John Krasinksi / PGL Brad’s Status / Directed by Mike White / 16DL Beatriz At Dinner / Directed by Miguel Arteta / 16DLPV Maggie’s Plan / Directed by Rebecca Miller / 13L  ...

Music Reviews: Fearless Face, Or Love Song For A Tuckshop

Music Reviews: Fearless Face, Or Love Song For A Tuckshop

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Deftones: Gore Allan: Face To Face Desmond & The Tutus: Tuckshop Various Artists: Just Inspired 3 Martin Smith: Love Song For A City Group 1 Crew: Fearless   Never achieving sales or fame on the...

Film Reviews: Women Of Manchester, Or My Father’s Lion

Film Reviews: Women Of Manchester, Or My Father’s Lion

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   20th Century Women / Directed by Mike Mills / 13LS Manchester By The Sea / Directed by Kenneth Lonergan / 13L My Father’s War / Directed by Craig Gardner / PGLV Lion / Directed by Garth Davis / PG...

TV Reviews: Trigonometry, Or Loving Life In Rome

TV Reviews: Trigonometry, Or Loving Life In Rome

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Trigonometry / Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari and Stella Corradi / 16LSN There is a lot of accessible currency for writers when the subject is a romantic relationship involving more than two people....

Film Reviews: A Bigfoot On Lego, Or Trolling Ballerinas

Film Reviews: A Bigfoot On Lego, Or Trolling Ballerinas

By BRUCE DENNILL The Lego Batman Movie / Directed by Chris McKay / PGV The Son Of Bigfoot / Directed by Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen / PGV A Mermaid’s Tale / Directed by Dustin Rikert /PG The Star / Directed by Timothy Reckart / PGV The Emoji Movie / Directed by Tony...

Book Reviews: Fever Daydreams, Or Agent Running On A Dirt Road

Book Reviews: Fever Daydreams, Or Agent Running On A Dirt Road

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By ROB HOFMEYR, BRUCE DENNILL & LISA WITEPSKI Fever by Deon Meyer Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Agent Running In The Field by John le Carre Bibby’s Kitchen by Dianne Bibby Dirt Road by James Kelman African Daydreams...

Film Reviews: A Lego Brickumentary, Or Spare Parts

Film Reviews: A Lego Brickumentary, Or Spare Parts

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL A Lego Brickumentary / Directed by Kief Davidson & Daniel June / A Spare Parts / Directed by Sean McNamara / PGV   There’s a truism about it often being the simple things that are the best, and...

Book Reviews: Hiding The Wolf, Or Transit To An Inland Universe

Book Reviews: Hiding The Wolf, Or Transit To An Inland Universe

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By ROB HOFMEYR, DRIES BRUNT Hiding In The Light by Rifqa Bary Die Heimat Projek by Andrè de Villiè War Of The Wolf by Bernard Cornwell Transit To Heaven by Salma Said Ali Arrows Of The Universe by Patrick McGaffin Inland...

Film Reviews: An Atomic Wick, A Free State Of Sleepless Hitmen

Film Reviews: An Atomic Wick, A Free State Of Sleepless Hitmen

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL The Hitman’s Bodyguard / Directed by Patrick Hughes / 16LV Atomic Blonde / Directed by David Leitch / 16LNSV Sleepless / Directed by Baran Bo Adar / 16LV Free State Of Jones / Directed by Gary Ross /...

Film Review: A Christmas Chorus, Or Defined By Presence

Film Review: A Christmas Chorus, Or Defined By Presence

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL A Christmas Chorus / Directed by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder / PG   A fictional story that is, sadly, not terribly far from being a documentary, A Christmas Chorus sees top theatre musical director...

TV Reviews: Years And Years, And 1917 In Particular

TV Reviews: Years And Years, And 1917 In Particular

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Years And Years / Created by Russell T Davies / 16LVPS 1917 / Directed by Sam Mendes / 16VL   Imagine an almost contemporary world in which politicians are unashamedly manipulative to meet their own...

Music Reviews: Passion For Phones, Or Antique Karma

Music Reviews: Passion For Phones, Or Antique Karma

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Passion: Worthy Of Your Name Lionel Bastos: Songs From My Phone The Parlotones: Antiques And Artefacts Roxette: Good Karma Meredith Andrews: Deeper (Deluxe Edition) Kari Jobe: Majestic   As has been...

TV Reviews: Champions Are Fine, But Not In 2020

TV Reviews: Champions Are Fine, But Not In 2020

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL We Are The Champions / Written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach / PG Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine / Directed by Natasha Lyonne / 16 Death To 2020 / Directed by Al Campbell and Alice Mathias / 16LVP  ...

Book Reviews: The Thinking Adviser, Or Breaking 1983

Book Reviews: The Thinking Adviser, Or Breaking 1983

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By NIGEL WILLIS, ROB HOFMEYR Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov Breaking News, An Autobiography by Jeremy Thompson 1983: The World at the Brink by Taylor Downing The Senior Adviser by Edmund-George King   Garry...

Book Reviews: Uncommon Intruders, Or Earth’s Last Interiors

Book Reviews: Uncommon Intruders, Or Earth’s Last Interiors

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, ROB HOFMEYR, DRIES BRUNT, KATE DENNILL The Uncommoners – The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell An American Family by Khizr Khan Intruders by Mohale Mashigo NIV Kid's Visual Study Bible by Zondervan...

Film Reviews: Meeting Hidden Figures, Or Approaching The Unknown

Film Reviews: Meeting Hidden Figures, Or Approaching The Unknown

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Approaching The Unknown / Directed by Mark Elijah Rosenberg / PG Hidden Figures / Directed by Theodore Melfi / PG   Movies about space. Littered with scenes in which tough men walk in slow motion...

Film Reviews: Miracles From Heaven, Or Apples On The Woodlawn

Film Reviews: Miracles From Heaven, Or Apples On The Woodlawn

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Miracles From Heaven / Directed by Patricia Riggen / PG Apple Of My Eye / Directed by Castille Landon / PG Woodlawn / Directed by the Erwin Brothers / PG   A film with Christian themes but a...

Television Reviews: Space Cats, Or Hunting An Internet White Boy

Television Reviews: Space Cats, Or Hunting An Internet White Boy

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Space Force: Season One / Created by Steve Carell and Greg Daniels / 13 Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer / Directed by Mark Lewis / 16VSNL White Boy Rick / Directed by Yann Demange...

Music Reviews: Merciful Maria, Or Roar About War

Music Reviews: Merciful Maria, Or Roar About War

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Maria Callas: Pure Colby: Merciful God American Young: AY Chris Tomlin: Holy Roar Martin Smith: Martin Smith Various Artists: War Room – Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture     Even...

Music Reviews: Collaborations Of The Saints, Or Strange Tides

Music Reviews: Collaborations Of The Saints, Or Strange Tides

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Darlene Zschech: In Jesus’ Name Audio Adrenaline: Sound Of The Saints Paul Wilbur: Forever Good Bethel Music: Tides Garbage: Strange Little Birds Ed Sheeran: No 6 Collaborations Project   It seems...

Book Reviews: Cult Bazaar, Or Of Esther And Malachi

Book Reviews: Cult Bazaar, Or Of Esther And Malachi

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By DRIES BRUNT, ROB HOFMEYR, BRUCE DENNILL, MARION HOFMEYR, KATE DENNILL & LISA WITEPSKI Cult Sister by Lesley Smailes Forward by Marcia Barrett with Lloyd Bradley The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams by Stephen King On Editing...

Book Reviews: The Girl Who Was Too Big, Or Passion For A Bad Zoo

Book Reviews: The Girl Who Was Too Big, Or Passion For A Bad Zoo

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, ROB HOFMEYR, NIGEL WILLIS & VINCENT PIENAAR Insectopedia by Erik Holm The Girl Who Takes an Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz Classic Passion: [(a+b)… by Johnathan Andrews Too Big To Walk: The New...

TV Reviews: Marriage To Miss Americana, Or Story Of The King

TV Reviews: Marriage To Miss Americana, Or Story Of The King

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Marriage Story / Directed by Noah Baumbach / 16LS The King / Directed by David Michod / 16VL Miss Americana / Directed by Lana Wilson / 16   Marriage Story is a divorce story. It’s the slow...

Theatre Review: Jigsaw – Puzzled Pals, Or A Bond Bolstered

Theatre Review: Jigsaw – Puzzled Pals, Or A Bond Bolstered

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Jigsaw / Directed by Sylvaine Strike / Virtual National Arts Festival   Moving a whole arts festival online has meant embracing digital means of presenting theatre; attempting to balance the...

Book Reviews: Fall Into A Gap, Or Wanderers Under Shelter

Book Reviews: Fall Into A Gap, Or Wanderers Under Shelter

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL & ROB HOFMEYR If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie The Cookbook by Your Family The Wanderers by Meg Howrey A Gap In The Hedge by Johan Vlok Louw Shelter Rock by MP Miles   An extraordinary...

Film Reviews: Genius In Denial, Or The Kingdom Of Elvis’ Dog

Film Reviews: Genius In Denial, Or The Kingdom Of Elvis’ Dog

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL The End Of The Tour / Directed by James Ponsoldt / 13L Genius / Directed by Michael Grandage / PG Denial / Directed by Mick Jackson / PG A United Kingdom / Directed by Amma Asante / PG Elvis & Nixon...

TV Reviews: Succession Euphoria, Or A Vinyl Hurrah

TV Reviews: Succession Euphoria, Or A Vinyl Hurrah

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Euphoria: Season One / Created by Sam Levinson / 18SNVLD Vinyl: Season One / Created by Terence Winter / 18SNVLD Succession: Seasons One to Three / Created by Jesse Armstrong / 16SNVL   Euphoria is...

Music Reviews: Nelson On The Heath, Or Here I Am Send Lawson

Music Reviews: Nelson On The Heath, Or Here I Am Send Lawson

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Jamie Lawson: Jamie Lawson Brandon Heath: No Turning Back Hawk Nelson: Diamonds Various Artists: God’s Not Dead 2 – Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists: The Voice Of The Martyrs – I Am N Darlene...

Film Reviews: The Infiltrator’s Creed, Or Reacher Risen

Film Reviews: The Infiltrator’s Creed, Or Reacher Risen

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Creed / Directed by Ryan Coogler /13VL Risen / Directed by Kevin Reynolds / PGV Jack Reacher: Never Go Back / Directed by Edward Zwick / 13LV The Infiltrator / Directed by Brad Furman / 16LV  ...

TV Reviews: Big Little Weddings, Or Diary Of A Third Person

TV Reviews: Big Little Weddings, Or Diary Of A Third Person

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL All the below content is available to stream on Showmax.   Tali’s Wedding Diary / Created by Julia Anastasopoulos / 16L Big Little Lies / Created by David E Kelley / 16LNSV Third Person / Directed...

Book Reviews: The Last Seedy Father, Or Hold Sugar Man’s Leg

Book Reviews: The Last Seedy Father, Or Hold Sugar Man’s Leg

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL & NIGEL WILLIS The Last Road Trip by Gareth Crocker My Father Died For This by Lukhanyo and Abigail Calata Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan Sugar Man: The Life, Death And...

Film Reviews: Solace In Gift Senders, Or Ratters In The Loft

Film Reviews: Solace In Gift Senders, Or Ratters In The Loft

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Solace / Directed by Afonso Poyart / 16V Ratter / Directed by Branden Kramer / 13LSV Return To Sender / Directed by Douad Mikati / 16SV The Loft / Directed by Erik Van Looy /16DLVS The Gift / Directed by...

Book Reviews: Of Rhinos And Rage, Or An Instrumental Safari

Book Reviews: Of Rhinos And Rage, Or An Instrumental Safari

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By DRIES BRUNT, ROB HOFMEYR & NIGEL WILLIS Instrumental by James Rhodes A Rhino In My Garden by Conita Walker Becoming Iman by Iman Rappetti The First Safari: Searching For François Levaillant by Ian Glenn Rebels And...

Music Reviews: Divide And Echo, Or An Alternative Liberation

Music Reviews: Divide And Echo, Or An Alternative Liberation

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Ed Sheeran: Divide Jesus Culture: Let It Echo The Liberation Project: Songs That Made Us Free Various Artists: Le Club – Alternative Anthems Rend Collective: Campfire II – Simplicity Various Artists:...

Book Reviews: Win Twelve Roses, Or Does Trump Play God?

Book Reviews: Win Twelve Roses, Or Does Trump Play God?

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, ROB HOFMEYR & NIGEL WILLIS Where’s Trump? by Anastasia Catris Win! by Jeremy Maggs Wars Of The Roses: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden Twelve Plus One by Mike Alfred Do Dice Play God? The Mathematics Of...

Book Reviews: Basket Guide, Or First Response To Kim Jong-Il

Book Reviews: Basket Guide, Or First Response To Kim Jong-Il

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, DRIES BRUNT & KATE DENNILL Sky Guide: Africa South by Auke Slotegraaf & Ian Glass Dudu’s Basket by Dianne Stewart and Elizabeth Pulles Be Bright by Anita Potgieter A Kim Jong-Il Production by...

Music Reviews: Difference Is Beautiful, Or Gold And Serenity

Music Reviews: Difference Is Beautiful, Or Gold And Serenity

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Neville D: Beauty Of Difference – Season 2 MercyMe: Lifer Miles Davis & Robert Glasper: Everything’s Beautiful Korn: The Serenity Of Suffering Anderson East: Delilah David Gray: Gold In A...

Book Reviews: Elvis Trigger, Or My Mongrel Heart

Book Reviews: Elvis Trigger, Or My Mongrel Heart

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman Landy At The Factory / Fender And The Cliff Rescue / Landy And The Apple Harvest Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello Where My Heart Used To...

Music Reviews: Mirror Anxiety, Or Detour Around The Shadows

Music Reviews: Mirror Anxiety, Or Detour Around The Shadows

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Petite Noir: The King Of Anxiety EP All Clear: Look In The Mirror Various Artists: Shadows Cyndi Lauper: Detour   At first listen, Cape Town’s Petite Noir (real name Yannick Ilunga) sounds...

Film reviews: Jiving And Johnny, Or Van Der Merwe’s Dying

Film reviews: Jiving And Johnny, Or Van Der Merwe’s Dying

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Van Der Merwe / Directed by Bruce Lawley / PG Jiving And Dying: The Radio Rats Story / Michael Cross / PG Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie / Directed by Christiaan Olwagen / 16DL   The idea is unfussy...

Music Reviews: Dark Hands, Or My Soul’s Not Dead

Music Reviews: Dark Hands, Or My Soul’s Not Dead

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Laura Story: Open Hands Randy Newman: Dark Matter Sannie Fox: My Soul Got Stranger Various Artists: God’s Not Dead 2 – Motion Picture Soundtrack   Atlanta-based worship artist Laura Story...

Film Reviews: Nobody’s Died Laughing In The State Of America

Film Reviews: Nobody’s Died Laughing In The State Of America

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Trevor Noah: Welcome To America (PG) Loyiso Gola: State Of The Nation (16L) Nobody’s Died Laughing: A Journey With Pieter-Dirk Uys (PG)   Even his established fans were surprised to some...

CD Reviews: Say It Ain’t Luminous, Or Souls In Heaven

CD Reviews: Say It Ain’t Luminous, Or Souls In Heaven

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Iron Maiden: The Book Of Souls Raoul & Black Friday: Say It Ain’t So Elevation Worship: Here As In Heaven The Horrors: Luminous   One of the few classic rock or heavy metal bands still...

Film Reviews: Dark Ghost Runner, Or Wave Wars

Film Reviews: Dark Ghost Runner, Or Wave Wars

By BRUCE DENNILL   Blade Runner 2049 / Directed by Denis Villeneuve / 16LNV Ghost In The Shell / Directed by Rupert Sanders / PGV The Dark Tower / Directed by Nikolaj Arcel / 13VH The 5th Wave / Directed by J Blakeson / PGV Cross Wars / Directed by Patrick Durham...

Book Reviews: Angels On The Touchline, Or Stand Up To Maths

Book Reviews: Angels On The Touchline, Or Stand Up To Maths

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By DRIES BRUNT, ROB HOFMEYR & NIGEL WILLIS   Stories From The Touchline by Theuns Stofberg Burning Angels by Bear Grylls Get Up! Stand Up! by Mark Heywood Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationships Between...

Book Reviews: Magritte On A Metric Bus, Or Twisted Goddess

Book Reviews: Magritte On A Metric Bus, Or Twisted Goddess

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, DRIES BRUNT   Magritte: Life Line edited by Xavier Canonne, Julie Waseige and Guido Comis Tales Of The Metric System by Imraan Coovadia Nyambura Waits For The Bus by Cath Alexander and Catherine...

Book Reviews: Historians And Horses, Or Ground Glass

Book Reviews: Historians And Horses, Or Ground Glass

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]By ROB HOFMEYR, DRIES BRUNT & BRUCE DENNILL   Hermann Giliomee: Historian by Hermann Giliomee The Glass Universe by Dava Sorbel Bare Ground by Peter Harris A Little Horse Called Pancakes / A Little Horse Called...

Book Reviews: Go Set A Chick, Or Hell Bent On Virginity

Book Reviews: Go Set A Chick, Or Hell Bent On Virginity

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, ROB HOFMEYR & DRIES BRUNT   Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee This is The Chick by Wendy Hartmann and Joan Rankin Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson Hell Bent by Gregg Hurwitz   Harper...

Book Reviews: Grace Is Alive, Or Behave, Right Hand

Book Reviews: Grace Is Alive, Or Behave, Right Hand

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL & DRIES BRUNT   The Case For Grace by Lee Strobel Miss Behave by Malebo Sephodi Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig Red Right Hand by Chris Holm   Lee Strobel is an experienced journalist as...

Music Reviews: King Charlie, Or Wake Up Forever

Music Reviews: King Charlie, Or Wake Up Forever

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   For King & Country: Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong The Sick Leaves: Travels With Charlie Albert Frost: The Wake Up The Afters: Live On Forever   Perhaps unfairly, there’s a perception...

Music Review: Sam Smith – Odes To Joy, Or Songs Of Celebration

Music Review: Sam Smith – Odes To Joy, Or Songs Of Celebration

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All World Tour / Ticketpro Dome, Randburg, Johannesburg   There’s a lot that someone who hadn’t seen footage of Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All world tour would...

Book Reviews: Love Unlikely, Or Ancestors Are Delicious

Book Reviews: Love Unlikely, Or Ancestors Are Delicious

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] BY ROB HOFMEYR, BRUCE DENNILL & MARION HOFMEYR   Love In The Face Of Isis by Lorraine Marie Varela Riley Unlikely by Riley Banks-Snyder, with Lisa Velthouse Eat, Drink & Blame The Ancestors by Ndumiso Ngcobo...

Book Reviews: Dark Africa, Or A Substitute Reformer

Book Reviews: Dark Africa, Or A Substitute Reformer

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL & ROB HOFMEYR   Dark Entries by Robert Ackman No Substitute by Cindy Alter A Man Of Africa, edited by Kalim Rajab The Great Reformer by Austen Ivereigh   This is a new edition of a...

Book Reviews: Not A Fan Of Wimps, Or Making Africa Japanese

Book Reviews: Not A Fan Of Wimps, Or Making Africa Japanese

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL, BETHANY DENNILL, NIGEL WILLIS & KATE DENNILL   Not A Fan Daily Devotional by Kyle Idleman Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down By Jeff Kinney Making Africa Work: A Handbook For Economic Success...

Film Reviews: Evil Assassin, Or Blunt Forced Squad

Film Reviews: Evil Assassin, Or Blunt Forced Squad

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]By BRUCE DENNILL   Resident Evil: The Final Chapter / Directed by Paul WS Anderson  / 16V Assassin’s Creed / Directed by Justin Kurzel / 13V Blunt Force Trauma / Directed by Ken Sanzel / 16LV Suicide Squad / Directed...

Book Reviews: Selling A Gentle Soul, Or Homeland Refreshed

Book Reviews: Selling A Gentle Soul, Or Homeland Refreshed

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By DRIES BRUNT, NIGEL WILLIS & ROB HOFMEYR   Conversations With A Gentle Soul: Ahmed Kathrada Chatting To Sahm Venter Selling Lipservice by Tammy Baikie Hit Refresh: The Quest To Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul And...

Film Reviews: Zechariah The Princess, Or The Dressmaker In The Van

Film Reviews: Zechariah The Princess, Or The Dressmaker In The Van

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Z For Zechariah / Directed by Craig Zobel / PG                                                                           7 The Lady In The Van / Directed by Nicholas Hytner / 13L                 ...

Music Reviews: Memory Of The Firmament, Or All I Really Want Is A Portal

Music Reviews: Memory Of The Firmament, Or All I Really Want Is A Portal

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Grassy Spark: Portal                                         7 Chris Chameleon: Firmament                          6 Andre Swiegers: All I Really Want                   7 Stone Jets: Memory       ...

Book Reviews: Holomisa’s Dreams, Or Marah In Essex

Book Reviews: Holomisa’s Dreams, Or Marah In Essex

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By ROB HOFMEYR, DRIES BRUNT & BRUCE DENNILL   The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry It’s Me Marah by Marah Teboho Louw Bantu Holomisa, The Game Changer by Eric Naki The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis de...