Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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."

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Simon Foster

2 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. "

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Simon Foster

3 ——

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."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Simon Foster

4 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."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Simon Foster

5 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."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Simon Foster

6 76%

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."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Simon Foster

7 ——

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."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Simon Foster

8 47%

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

"Miranda Otto, finally getting the rich lead role she has long deserved, is complex and commanding as Bishop."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Simon Foster

9 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."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Simon Foster

10 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."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Simon Foster

11 ——

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'."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Simon Foster

12 ——

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."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Simon Foster

13 ——

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."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Simon Foster

14 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."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Simon Foster

15 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."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Simon Foster

16 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."

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Simon Foster

17 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?"

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Simon Foster

18 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Homefront is a film that understands its audience with a precise, non-condescending clarity."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Simon Foster

19 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (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."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Simon Foster

20 ——

Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! ()

" I think Jodorowsky would have loved it."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Simon Foster

21 ——

Fallout ()

"Fallout will play well as a tertiary education study guide, but falls short as a theatrically worthy work."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Simon Foster

22 ——

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. "

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Simon Foster

23 ——

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."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Simon Foster

24 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."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Simon Foster

25 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."

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Simon Foster

26 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."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Simon Foster

27 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."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Simon Foster

28 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."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Simon Foster

29 ——

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."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Simon Foster

30 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."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Simon Foster

31 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."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Simon Foster

32 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."

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Simon Foster

33 ——

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."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Simon Foster

34 100%

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."

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Simon Foster

35 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."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Simon Foster

36 ——

Shahid (2013)

"Mehta's drama establishes strong humanistic qualities and a deeply personal protagonist before launching into the courtroom fireworks. "

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Simon Foster

37 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..."

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Simon Foster

38 ——

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."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Simon Foster

39 ——

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."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Simon Foster

40 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."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Simon Foster

41 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. "

Posted Aug 21, 2013

Simon Foster

42 ——

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."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Simon Foster

43 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."

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Simon Foster

44 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"The tempting pairing of Indiana Jones and Dracula is a wan non-event."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Simon Foster

45 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. "

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Simon Foster

46 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."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Simon Foster

47 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."

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Simon Foster

48 57%

Interior. Leather Bar. (2014)

"Interior. Leather Bar proves to be little more than a tease...At first glance, the film offers the exciting prospect of discovering new boundaries; by the end, you begin to wonder if all that went before was worth the time and effort."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Simon Foster

49 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"In an American summer season of less-than-stellar efforts so far, Pacific Rim is not the worst of the bunch but it is clearly the film that falls furthest from its inherent potential."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Simon Foster

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