Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Retribution , FILMINK (Australia) , sbs.com.au , Screen-Space
Total Reviews:
571

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 571
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
59% 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
24% 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 91% Mystery Road (2014) " 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
39% 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
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
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