Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Retribution , FILMINK (Australia) , sbs.com.au , Screen-Space
Total Reviews:
562

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 562
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
79% 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 & Célestine (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
91% 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
50% 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
35% 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
33% A Perfect Plan (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
—— Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013) " Easily on par with any of the effects-laden tentpoles from the LA industry of late, Tsui Hark's finely attuned vision of epic fantasy consistently bewilders the senses." — Screen-Space
Posted Oct 15, 2013
56% My Lucky Star (2013) " (A) candy-floss concoction that is never particularly gripping but certainly delivers slick visuals and an engaging bunch of performances from a committed cast." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 3, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " Working from an atypically cornball script from top shelf screenwriter Peter Morgan, [Howard and Grazer] offer up a slick but rote sports drama that rarely rises to the fiery level of the real-life personalities it portrays." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 19, 2013
—— The Diplomat Hotel " Ultimately, the film delivers suitable scares staged with consummate skill but falls short of transcending its genre trappings as the early promise suggests it might." — Screen-Space
Posted Sep 19, 2013
8% Diana (2013) " [The] most enigmatic woman in modern history is treated to the most anaemic biopic in living memory in Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana." — Screen-Space
Posted Sep 19, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " Lindholm presents a potent portrait of diminishing mental capacity and challenged masculinity within the genre framework of a high seas, high stakes game of cat and mouse." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 18, 2013
—— Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) " Before descending into the genre's typically overstated melodrama, Maneesh Sharma's pretty, personable film tackles some real modern issues facing Gen-Y Indians." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 18, 2013
67% Magic Magic (2013) " One young woman's descent into paranoid psychosis offers much to admire but not a lot of real-person emotion to engage with; the result is a compelling but frustratingly light style-over-substance thriller." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 10, 2013
24% The Canyons (2013) " The weathered, wayward but undeniably talented Lohan, the poster child for Hollywood's indulgent lifestyle (frankly, it's sad that at 25 she already appears too old for the part), imbues Tara with a depth not evident in Ellis' script." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 10, 2013
—— Ji Zhan (Unbeatable) " This slick sports drama transfers some well-worn boxing movie clichés to the cage-match carnage of Mixed Martial Arts, but writer/director Dante Lam still has a master's touch when it comes to staging action and handling sentiment." — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 27, 2013
—— Madras Cafe (2013) " Director Shoojit Sircar's Madras Café embraces the same vivid, political thriller stylings of Ben Affleck's Oscar winner Argo, albeit in the service of a fictional but no less compelling narrative. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 27, 2013
74% You're Next (2013) " A deliciously dark exercise in slicing 'n' dicing, Adam Wingard's indie horror You're Next gleefully revels in its nerve-tingling unpleasantness - and makes sure its audience does, too. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 21, 2013
83% Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) " [An] uneven, not particularly scary narrative that nevertheless rewards in its loving embrace of camp excess and well-staged nastiness." — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 21, 2013
—— Surkhaab " [A] tense, moving indictment of the cruel trade in human lives, as well as a tour de force role for an actress so in touch with the human condition she has devoted her life to improving it. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 21, 2013
—— Battle Ground " While Forbidden Ground can't match the scope of Peter Weir's Gallipoli and Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory in its tough-minded depiction of the First World War, the film successfully captures the personal tragedy and human sacrifice of the experience." — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 21, 2013
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Collins is luminously lovely in the lead role and does what she can to keep her head above the waves of convoluted, nonsensical exposition she and her endless parade of co-stars are forced to lumber through. " — Screen-Space
Posted Aug 21, 2013
—— UnHung Hero (2013) " Ending on a high with one of the best last lines in a movie in years, Spitz and Moote have crafted a thoughtful crowdpleaser." — Screen-Space
Posted Aug 14, 2013
57% Chennai Express (2013) " A loud, lame-brained romantic comedy from the (very) broad directorial brush of Rohit Shetty, SRK's over-hyped vehicle sees the charismatic but ageing actor badly miscast and easily overshadowed by his leading lady, Deepika Padukone. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 14, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) " If you are going to avail yourself to two of hours slight of hand and slippery conjuring, you are going to have to be willing to believe the unbelievable to fully enjoy the show." — Screen-Space
Posted Aug 10, 2013
5% Paranoia (2013) " The tempting pairing of Indiana Jones and Dracula is a wan non-event." — Screen-Space
Posted Aug 6, 2013
—— The Last Days of Joe Blow " Wolstencroft's moving work ultimately ends on a beginning and, whatever your opinion regarding the life of a pornographic actor may be, one can't help but hope for the best for the guy." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 31, 2013
88% A Field in England (2014) " Whether you find it startling and audacious or indulgent and incoherent, there is no denying it is an accomplished work that soars as bravado filmmaking in its exploration of deep psychological torment." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 31, 2013
34% Passion (2013) " Passion is the work of a director falling back on what he has done well for four decades and plays tired and desperate.He should have called his film something else. " — Screen-Space
Posted Jul 31, 2013
70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " [This] sequel to the 2012 cult DVD hit waivers in its overall fright factor but slam-dunks enough horror moments (most of them inventively bloody and grotesque) to ensure a franchise arc in years to come." — Screen-Space
Posted Jul 31, 2013
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) " An artful, mesmerising ode..., ...Partly Fiction never teeters over into hagiographic adulation yet manages to convey the very uniqueness that has made Stanton the enigmatic force he is today." — Screen-Space
Posted Jul 23, 2013
—— Delhi In A Day " It is a small film but one that is effortlessly warm and engaging; it will travel well, its themes and characters recognisable to international audiences gripped by the greedy few and anxious to reconnect with what is truly valuable." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 22, 2013
—— Badges Of Fury (2014) " There's not much of Jet Li in Jet Li's latest action/comedy, Badges of Fury, a silly, slapstick farce overloaded with wirework stunts and achingly bad acting. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 22, 2013
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