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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Wetlands (2014)

"(The) bravado and sweetness that Carla Juri brings to the role infuses the entire film; evoking the charisma and vulnerability of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts in their heyday, she is an A-list star of the future."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Simon Foster

2 ——

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films ()

"(The) Australian director's latest reveals a rich vein of excess and chutzpah that paints a picture of old-school operators steeped in shameless B-movie showmanship. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Simon Foster

3 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

" James Gunn's vividly idiosyncratic spin on Marvel's renegade misfits, Guardians of the Galaxy, certainly represents a bracingly fizzy cinematic blast to the increasingly formulaic 'summer superhero' format."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Simon Foster

4 54%

Road to Paloma (2014)

"(Director) Momoa progresses through the episodic plot with confident skill, although he may have had a few words with his leading man about easing back on the Rock-like charm (Wolf is murderer on the run, after all)."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Simon Foster

5 89%

Girl Rising (2013)

"'Advocacy Cinema' has found a new, strong standard-bearer in Girl Rising; one hopes it drives the forceful change needed in our global community as powerfully as it represents a creative shift in the genre. "

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Simon Foster

6 89%

Willow Creek (2014)

"One senses that Goldthwait penned the Willow Creek script not so much to indulge in genre elements (which he handles with a pro's touch) but more to explore the emotional intimacy between the leads."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Simon Foster

7 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"(The) bewildering first act is Shakespearean compared to an extended mid-section which may represent the worst second act in scriptwriting history."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

8 ——

Happiness ()

"Breathtaking photography counterbalances the intense intimacy of Balmes' subject; the story is about the boy, but the boy's story encompasses his village life and the changing face of an ancient culture. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

9 ——

TINY: A Story About Living Small (2013)

"(The) 'message moments' are tempered by the personal story of Smith and Mueller, whose construction frustrations and romantic maturation give the film a compelling warmth."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

10 ——

Harlem Street Singer ()

"Though the film never skims over Davis' boozing and womanizing, Harlem Street Singer emerges a grand celebration of a man who redefined an artform."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

11 ——

Led Zeppelin Played Here ()

"(A) vivid collection of aging promoters, record company execs, small-town fans and grey-haired musos, Led Zeppelin Played Here captures the early days of the rock music industry with a giddy glee."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

12 100%

The Man Whose Mind Exploded ()

"The heartbreaking story of an unique friendship; bring tissues."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

13 ——

Freeload ()

"A love letter to the rebellious spirit, Freeload is also a bittersweet account of alienation and finding a sense of family while living a boxcar lifestyle."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

14 ——

Faith Connections ()

"Though unwieldy and overlong, Faith Connections is nevertheless a remarkably insightful film, full of stunning images and imbued with a strong sense of family and personal growth."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

15 68%

Web Junkie (2014)

"(The filmmaker's) free form, peak-around-corners style deprives the film of structure but ensures moments of often brutal honesty."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Simon Foster

16 ——

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead ()

"Unlike the character-based comedy and genuine scares (Wirkola) generated on a miniscule budget first time around, the overall impact of his sequel is less than the sum of its bloody parts."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Simon Foster

17 100%

Next Goal Wins (2014)

"One of the smallest triumphs in world sport inspires one of the year's most moving and entertaining documentaries..."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Simon Foster

18 ——

Goal of the Dead ()

"Football fans may get a giddy thrill from seeing their passion filtered through the bloodthirsty mindset of a zombie apocalypse, but there is little sports action and even less genuine entertainment value in this gory Gallic romp."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Simon Foster

19 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The solid cast is shunted aside for long passages, allowing MacFarlane underserved centre stage for most of the film's inexcusable 116 minute running time."

Posted May 26, 2014

Simon Foster

20 63%

In Your Eyes ()

"[A] disposable but not entirely unlikable confection that feels like a first-timer's passion project and not the work of an A-list writer of Whedon's stature."

Posted May 16, 2014

Simon Foster

21 29%

SX_Tape (2014)

"Steeped in the gritty, grimy minutiae of urban decay and chillingly well-defined supernatural components that made [Rose's] breakout hit Candyman an enduring cult favourite."

Posted May 13, 2014

Simon Foster

22 ——

Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues (Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants) ()

"It effortlessly finds more engaging interplay and laughs amongst its handful of tiny, wordless characters than the entire cast of most recent smart-mouthed US animation efforts."

Posted May 8, 2014

Simon Foster

23 100%

The Babadook (2014)

"The film works as great horror fiction thanks entirely to the believability afforded the protagonist's psychological state."

Posted May 2, 2014

Simon Foster

24 ——

Bing Fung: Chung Sang Chi Mun (Iceman) (2014)

"Law's lame-brained concoction aims to be, in equal parts, a martial-arts opus, low-brow crowd-pleaser and mystical history lesson; what emerges is an often incomprehensible mash-up that plays murky, amateurish and puerile."

Posted May 1, 2014

Simon Foster

25 92%

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

26 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

27 ——

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

28 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

29 78%

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

30 75%

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

31 ——

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

32 58%

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

33 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

34 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

35 ——

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

36 ——

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

37 ——

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

38 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."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Simon Foster

39 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."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Simon Foster

40 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

41 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?"

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Simon Foster

42 42%

Homefront (2013)

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

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Simon Foster

43 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."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Simon Foster

44 ——

Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! ()

" I think Jodorowsky would have loved it."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Simon Foster

45 ——

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

46 ——

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

47 ——

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

48 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."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Simon Foster

49 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

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