Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Retribution , sbs.com.au , Screen-Space
Total Reviews:
539

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
96% Sunshine on Leith " [Fletcher's] adaptation of the hit stage play is to Scottish audiences as Mamma Mia! is to The Me Generation and and Rock of Ages is to Gen X-ers - a bigscreen jukebox jam very loosely held together by a hoary plotline as old as cinema itself." — Screen-Space
Posted Apr 6, 2014
63% Nurse 3-D (2014) " Huerta towers over the film, an Olivia De Berardinis creation brought to life in a world that might have been conjured by the combined psyches of Brian de Palma and Bob Guccione. " — Screen-Space
Posted Apr 6, 2014
—— Highway (2014) " A star-making turn from relative newcomer Alia Bhatt provides the vibrant essence of Imtiaz Ali's bracingly atypical Bollywood road-movie, Highway." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 26, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A template-specific movie experience that impresses without engaging, The Russo Brother's tentpole debut serves its master - the 'Marvel Movie Empire' - as diligently as the titular hero serves his homeland." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 20, 2014
77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Veronica Mars is exactly the film that fans were pining for and offers the kind of confident, small-scale storytelling that is eminently watchable to those new to the 'marshmallow' army." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 18, 2014
77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " [Von Trier's] script is smart and the images confronting, but it is a far less ambitious or important work than Antichrist or his last love/hate vision, Melancholia." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 9, 2014
—— When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin " Creativity as a life-defining, soul-saving virtue is central to the story of Theremin maestro Armen Ra, as captured in Robert Nazar Arjoyan's elegant, moving concert/biopic When My Sorrow Died." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 6, 2014
100% Gunday (2014) " Viewers with increasing concerns that Bollywood's recent action/comedies are far too reliant on tiresome conventions will see this as further proof; for those simply looking for escapism of the highest order, this romp should do just fine." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 20, 2014
57% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Like its vile central character, outback psychopath Mick Taylor, Greg McLean's sequel exists only to indulge in its own pointless sadism." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 20, 2014
33% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " Miranda Otto, finally getting the rich lead role she has long deserved, is complex and commanding as Bishop." — Screen-Space
Posted Feb 13, 2014
91% Le Week-End (2014) " Two glowing central performances and one effervescent support turn are just three of the many reasons to journey to the streets of Paris for Le Week-End, the fourth and arguably best collaboration between director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 13, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Akiva Goldsman's take on the 'magical realism' of Mark Helprin's vast, dense 1983 novel Winter's Tale will prove particularly plodding to those unfamiliar with the source material and wanly lacking in wonder to those that are." — Screen-Space
Posted Feb 10, 2014
—— Da nao tian gong (The Monkey King) " [A] massive sense of spectacle overwhelms a somewhat simplistic take on the mystical tale of Simian spirit Sun Wukong, but what an impressive display it proves to be in the hands of director Soi Cheang." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 6, 2014
—— From Vegas to Macau (The Man from Macau) " [A] hit-and-miss hybrid, dependent upon goodwill, broad schtick and star power above anything groundbreaking, comedy-wise, to raise a smile. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 6, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " Padilha's Hollywood debut is craftsmanlike and respectable, which is perhaps not what an updated retelling of Verhoeven's grimy, gritty, gory classic deserved." — Screen-Space
Posted Feb 6, 2014
—— Convict " So much of this Australian caged-man flick is derivative of the 'Grey Bar Hotel' genre that it's less a film about prison life than it is about prison films. But...Convict is a pretty good one." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 28, 2014
—— Space Pirate Captain Harlock " The dazzling visuals and immense scale employed by director/animator Shinji Aramaki adequately compensate (just) for the derivative narrative in his update/reboot of Leiji Matsumoto's visionary 1970's space-opera, 'Harlock'." — Screen-Space
Posted Jan 28, 2014
—— Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy (2013) " For those already in on his jokey style (who clearly number in the 10,000s, if the film's blockbuster status in its homeland is any measure), Deramas' wacky vision is good-time cinema of the highest order." — Screen-Space
Posted Jan 28, 2014
—— Backyard Ashes " Backyard Ashes does not pretend to be an intellectual exercise, but it sort of becomes one despite itself. By striving for working-class honesty over hard-sell insight, it achieves both." — Screen-Space
Posted Jan 28, 2014
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " By the time the stoic, aged activist faces off against the imperilled leaders of a crumbling Apartheid regime, Elba has assumed a gigantic persona and consumes every inch of the widescreen frame." — Screen-Space
Posted Jan 14, 2014
—— Lan Kwai Fong 3 (Xi Ai Ye Pu 3) " Chin tempers the emptiness of the first film and the obnoxiousness of the second with a warmer outlook and generally more well-rounded character arcs in this third effort. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 14, 2014
78% Dhoom 3 (2013) " Dhoom 3 is populist twaddle of the highest order, and like most blockbusters, somehow manages to be both satisfying and insulting in equal measure." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 8, 2014
25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " [The] inevitable big-screen brand expansion of the Walking with Dinosaurs property proves to be as slickly-packaged an endeavour as you'd expect from any franchise entrant." — Screen-Space
Posted Dec 31, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " The ensemble seems to be having fun and there are some scattered belly laughs, but the truly inspired nuttiness that made the first Anchorman a cult hit is in short order." — Screen-Space
Posted Dec 27, 2013
—— R... Rajkumar (2013) " A ridiculous stew of lame-brained slapstick, bone-crunching violence and merciless mugging, all set to a bludgeoning musical score by repeat aural offender Pritam Chakraborty." — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 22, 2013
—— Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) " Malholtra has clearly left his actors to their own devices and his leading lady offers up enough hair tosses, lippy pouts and come hither glances for a dozen films." — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3.5/5 85% Mystery Road " There is slow burn and then there is Mystery Road, writer-director Ivan Sen's languid, dusty smalltown western set in a Queensland hinterland rife with racial tension, social malaise and organised crime. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 17, 2013
78% Big Ass Spider! (2013) " The most pressing mental involvement that Mike Mendez's silly, scary guilty pleasure requires is - where does one place the inflection?" — Screen-Space
Posted Dec 15, 2013
42% Homefront (2013) " Homefront is a film that understands its audience with a precise, non-condescending clarity." — Screen-Space
Posted Dec 11, 2013
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " It is a beautiful work (that will play just as well whether sub-titled or dubbed), effortlessly engaging the hearts and minds of young and old alike." — Screen-Space
Posted Dec 8, 2013
—— Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! " I think Jodorowsky would have loved it." — Screen-Space
Posted Dec 8, 2013
—— Fallout " Fallout will play well as a tertiary education study guide, but falls short as a theatrically worthy work." — Screen-Space
Posted Dec 4, 2013
—— White Lies " [Whirimako] Black is a towering screen presence who honours not only Rotberg's and Ihimaera's creation but also the centuries-old dignity and customs of her people. " — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 29, 2013
—— The Upper Footage (2013) " The Upper Footage is a strong vision of personalised horror, a modern take on morality amongst the privileged and a textbook case of inventive genre marketing." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 27, 2013
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Exarchopoulos proves to be an actress of interior strength, aching vulnerability and searing sensuality as the central figure in Abdellatif Kechiche's self-discovery classic." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 26, 2013
49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " As saggy and insipid as the story becomes and as bloated and showy as Stiller's notion of whimsy is, what is most troubling is the film's confused message." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 24, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " It is plainly evident that funny-man Vaughan is focused on a more mature leading man slot in Hollywood's top-tier and Delivery Man is his most convincing calling-card effort towards that end." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 20, 2013
80% Europa Report (2013) " There is an earthbound integrity and deeply respectful approach to the science in Europa Report that imbues the story with a gritty intensity, lifting it beyond its B-movie framework." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 20, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " (The) franchise takes on an invigorated energy, ending on a series of cliffhanger developments that coalesce with clarity." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 20, 2013
—— Great White Shark 3D " Man's struggle with fellow top-tier life forms will ultimately define our future; Cresswell and Nicholas' film clarifies that via stunning images and profound insight." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 20, 2013
41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " It exudes an effective creepiness and a free-wheeling attitude to both hot and horrible sexuality, but Adrian Garcia Bogliano's bad-seed opus Here Comes The Devil doesn't amount to much more than a stylish ode to 70's giallo-esque excess." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 12, 2013
78% The Banshee Chapter (2014) " The twist ending doesn't quite impact as it should, but that is mostly because Erickson's imagery and storytelling has scaled such convincingly offbeat heights up to that point. He is a filmmaker to watch." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 12, 2013
50% Contracted (2013) " England supplies a sly, very cool denouement that suggests his intention was to craft a smart take on the most popular horror sub-genre at present." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 10, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " Like Fassbender's counsellor, Scott is playing with dark-hearted individuals of whom he has no real understanding. From the outset, he was on a path to a beating and his audience takes the brunt of it." — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 6, 2013
—— Krrish 3 (2013) " A tighter third act would have helped, with one too many teary farewells and resurrected bad-guys bulking up the finale. Naturally, such issues won't bother the under-12s, for whom this old-fashioned, energetic matinee malarkey is clearly aimed." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 6, 2013
100% Free China: The Courage to Believe (2013) " Free China: The Courage to Believe is a rousing call-to-arms, a demand that the international community take the same fearless approach that Zeng and Lee did in defiance of Chinese human rights atrocities." — Screen-Space
Posted Nov 2, 2013
63% Un plan parfait " Those who believe that French cinema invented all that is fun and delicious about movie romances may want to file this insipid, high-concept embarrassment in the exception-that-proves-the-rule basket." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 29, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " For a franchise so defined by its hulking he-man central figure, there is very little meat on the bone in Thor: The Dark World." — Screen-Space
Posted Oct 29, 2013
—— Shahid (2013) " Mehta's drama establishes strong humanistic qualities and a deeply personal protagonist before launching into the courtroom fireworks. " — Screen-Space
Posted Oct 23, 2013
55% Hatchet III (2013) " Hatchet III more specifically recalls the output from indie outfits like Troma. Which, given the energy and thrills provided by McDonnell's bare-bones bloodbath, is perhaps exactly as it should be..." — Screen-Space
Posted Oct 20, 2013
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