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Simon Foster
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
16% The 5th Wave (2016) [The] leaden scripting from heavyweight scribes Akiva Goldsman and Susannah Grant refuses to spark into sequel-sustaining life, instead offering formless melodrama and breathy romance juxtaposed with kids-in-combat action sequences.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Just as he did so successfully with the Mission Impossible and Star Trek brands, Abram's has breathed new life into Star Wars; why it should then feel lacking in a strong pulse at times is worth pondering.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
4/5 75% Absentia (2012) Absentia is a captivating mystery and, at key moments, a terrifying thriller.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
78% Alex & Eve (2015) [An] insightful and, most importantly, accessible examination of generational multiculturalism.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
No Score Yet Jackrabbit (2015) Ranney and co-writer Destin Douglas have honoured the non-conformist stance of their protagonists and delivered a dark, thoughtful take on small-scale insurgent destabilisation.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
2.5/5 71% Crimson Peak (2015) When the overripe dialogue and stodgy pace prove tiresome, there is always a great deal of artistic detail upon which the eyes can feast.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2015
4/5 88% F for Fake (1974) A buoyant, delightfully playful Orson Welles exposes the artifice of film in his 1975 head scratcher, F For Fake.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2015
73% Everest (2015) Kormákur's vast, encompassing vision thematically broaches the existential drive that consumes extreme climbers, questioning both the brusque heroism and innate fatalism of those that attempt to conquer such harsh climes.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
75% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) [Keeps] sentimentality in check and provides a denouement that honours the legacy of the 90's era slacker genre, from which it draws much of its personality.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
3/5 50% La Luna (1979) La luna may not be the masterpiece all involved had intended it to be, but it is unlikely you will have the opportunity to experience a film so brazenly rich and ambitious from today's filmmakers.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2015
No Score Yet Lilet Never Happened (2012) Talag is a soaring onscreen presence; a naturally gifted performer who can play tough and tender in the same frame, she is called upon to navigate scenes that would test actresses twice her age and experience.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
97% Sherpa (2015) For all the mountainous visual majesty her lens captures, it is director Jennifer Peedom's soulful, stirring depiction of the human spirit that allows her feature, Sherpa, to truly soar.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
No Score Yet Asphalt Watches (2013) [This] garish, grotesque work of flash-animated surrealism might best be described as the lovechild of psychedelic cartoonist Robert Crumb and Pendleton Ward, creator of the TV series Adventure Time.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
95% The Creeping Garden (2015) Slime mould makes for one of the most fascinating and complex central figures in any film this year.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
80% Yakona (2014) Co-helmers [Paul] Collins and Anlo Sepulveda capture the wonder and delicacy of a life-giving tributary in all its complex and captivating glory.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
86% H. (2014) The determined, often artsy ambiguity may drive some to distraction...yet there are moments of undeniably engrossing psychological drama. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
79% Station To Station (2015) As with all anthology films, some instalments connect better than others.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
90% Spring (2015) Think Before Sunrise as written by HP Lovecraft; or, a Richard Linklater version of Species.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
93% The Hunting Ground (2015) College campus sexual assault is exposed for the American epidemic it truly represents in Kirby Dicks' deeply disturbing call-to-action documentary.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
95% The Forbidden Room (2015) Scratched and crumpled film stock, soaring melodrama, silent era title cards, multi-layered narratives and a garish palette barely skim the surface when trying to describe the outsider auteur's latest, daring, giddily abstract work.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
89% The Tribe (2015) Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's study of teenage tribalism and the brutal adherence to a gangland-style hierarchy is a grimy, gripping, unrelenting vision.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
No Score Yet The Dream Of Shahrazad (2015) Verster considers the legacy of The 1001 Nights while crafting a challenging, vast yet intimate tapestry of personal and cultural significance. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) Lily Tomlin sets her sights on Oscar glory as Elle Reid in writer/director Paul Weitz's razor-sharp character-driven comedy/drama, Grandma.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
89% Turbo Kid (2015) DOP Jean-Philippe Bernier's widescreen frame and crisp imaging actually work against the comedic premise, as does the CGI-amped splatter-effects.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
No Score Yet Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) The director's understated naturalism may be too muted for some, but others will draw a heartbreaking universal relevance from the plight of Konchalovsky's real-life protagonists. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
86% Deathgasm (2015) A star is born in Milo Cawthorne as headbangin' loner Brodie, who exhibits great comic timing and an every-dude charm, especially in his efforts to woo the wonderful Kimberley Crossman. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
97% Being Evel (2015) Despite teetering on the edge of gushy hagiography for much of the first half, the darker psychological shades of the man himself keep the film on track - unlike some of Evel's (in)famous jumps.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
83% My Love, Don't Cross That River (2016) The authenticity of some early scenes is questionable, but the inevitability of one's mortality is dealt with in a deeply respectful, entirely truthful manner. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) [Both] a glorious celebration of the lunatic fringe (led by wild-child Doug Kenney) and a cautionary tale of the destructive impact of fame and fortune.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
33% Entourage (2015) Marketers will reaffirm that this "is one for the fans," and it certainly is warmly familiar (and, yes, this three-star review is unashamedly seen through the rose-coloured glasses of a fanatic).‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2015
32% Poltergeist (2015) It's just that little bit sadder that proof exists indicating it could have been so much more.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 19, 2015
88% Piku (2015) [The] legendary Amitabh Bachchan brings both dramatic heft and lightness of touch to a showy role, but it is Deepika Padukone who emerges as the film's heart and soul.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet Bereave (2015) Bereave is an achingly insightful, darkly humorous, richly rewarding work by two important creative forces.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
33% Infini (2015) Script and storytelling shortcomings aside, it is the overarching familiarity of Abbess' visual cues that derails his ambition.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
100% Kaakkaa Muttai (2014) The Crow's Egg is a child's-eye tale of exuberance and kinship that only loses its focus when it wants to play grown-up.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
1.5/5 56% Endhiran (2010) Imagine the worst bits of Alex Proyas' I, Robot and Robert Greenwald's Xanadu, cobbled together with a dash of Shaw's Pygmalion, and you get some grim picture as to what S. Shankar's grating extravaganza Robot has to offer.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2015
91% Love & Mercy (2015) In succinct and sublime tones, Love & Mercy convinces that God only knows where American music would be without Brian Wilson.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Harrison Ford emerges as Krieger's trump card...It is a raw, vulnerable performance that ensures the film soars and draws fresh reserves out of Lively (the definition of 'Supporting Actor', surely).‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2015
25% Manny Lewis (2015) Carl Barron's brand of moody introspection and manufactured romance is unlikely to connect with old fans or win over many new ones.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
3.5/5 95% Star Trek (2009) Abrams had a responsibility that most other action film directors never need to worry about. He succeeds in parts, maybe enough for the young, modern audiences for whom the film has been made, but old Trekkies may have some issues.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) It may be perfectly sufficient that, above all else, Fifty Shades of Grey captures the shallow essence of its source material.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
77% Beyond Clueless (2014) If the revered works of 80s auteur John Hughes...gave teenagers a fresh, honest voice, Beyond Clueless teaches us that the life, loves and psychology of the turn-of-the-century teen were a harder-to-define mix of individualism, alienation and rebellion. ‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) Baumane draws upon a rich history of European animation to propel Rocks in My Pockets, her charming, incisive and very contemporary study of generational depression and suicidal tendencies.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) It presents the consummate movie actress of her generation stripping bare the vanities of her profession to portray an everywoman hero, gently coaxed to life by filmmakers with a profound grasp of true emotion.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
No Score Yet The Quarantine Hauntings (2015) Exhibiting a solid understanding of genre machinations, [co-directors Bianca Biasi and Arnold Perez] make up for a lack of narrative inspiration with sufficiently solid scares.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
82% Paper Planes (2015) There is exuberance in the staging but not an ounce of real-world emotion in the narrative, which manufactures cute contrivances in place of genuine heart and accomplished storytelling.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
79% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner channel their clearly compulsive love for B-movie bloodletting into a debut work that honours the 'Gore Gods' of yore as efficiently as it announces the arrival of their own brand of genre genius.‐ Screen-Space
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) The Theory Of Everything hits all the right beats, though never quite soars.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2015
71% Into the Woods (2014) ...a neither here-nor-there Christmas holiday tent pole that, however well crafted, does not do its pedigree justice.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
90% The Imitation Game (2014) No stiff upper-lipped acting stone is left unturned in Morten Tyldum's earnest, honest account of the life of Alan Turing.‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 4, 2015