Simon Foster

Simon Foster
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet Blue Moon (2018) A gripping slice of Kiwi-noir that ticks all the boxes that rank truly great independent cinema. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 51% Destination Wedding (2018) [The] darlings of 80s/90s cinema turn their callous-hearted characters into legitimately redeemable love birds. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is not the blunt-force challenge to the accepted norms that Ryan Coogler's Black Panther came to represent, but it's a potent statement of intent. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Way We Weren't (2019) [This] occasionally funny, energetically upbeat effort provides a solid vehicle for likable stars Fiona Gubelmann and Australian Ben Lawson. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
3/5 53% The Last Laugh (2019) [With] comedy talent like Chase (his most understated and likable in years) and Dreyfuss...working every inch of the frame, the result is more sweet sentiment and hearty guffaws than the material often deserves. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 18% I Still See You (2018) I Still See You is an ideal early foray into the horror genre for the modern teenage girl and her slumber party pals. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 85% A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) Nugent proves himself to be a master of meaningful whimsy. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 54% At First Light (2018) Whether you know it or not, kids, you've now got your own generation's Close Encounters of The Third Kind. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 88% Nightmare Cinema (2019) [Delivered] by Garris and his peers with a true understanding of a horror fan's fixation. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
5/5 73% Summer (Leto) (2018) There is a sprawling sense of time and place to Leto, which blows out the running to over two hours, yet there is not a frame of the film one would want to see excised. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 94% Spitfire (2018) Through the narrative and wonderful aerial shots blending wartime and contemporary footage, Spitfire doesn't just tell you about the plane, it shows you. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
2.5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) [A] horror film that doesn't seem to be particularly interested in being a 'horror' film at all. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 80% Alpha (2018) Deceptively simple in its construction yet sweepingly epic, exciting and genuinely moving in its execution. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/5 91% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) Satan's Slaves is a supremely polished, legitimately creepy poltergeist/possession yarn. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 73% The Misandrists (2018) The Misandrists walks dangerously close to 'respectability' at times - [Bruce's] aesthetic has cleaner lines, crisper framing, story structure that veers uncharacteristically towards (dare I say it) conventional. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 94% The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018) [A] fun, flouncy fan documentary soon becomes something...well, not quite profound, but certainly soul-enriching in the way that only looking at Bill Murray's face can inspire. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) The Meg seems destined to only find favour with snarky podcasters seeking schlocky targets for ridicule. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 64% Animal World (2018) [An] aggressively pointless 140 minutes of misdirection and incoherence. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
4/5 70% Adrift (2018) An un-ironic, openhearted romance that doubles as a psychological study in survival trauma. Every bruise earned and every tear shed... feels entirely authentic. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 95% Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) (2017) A charming study of family dynamics, shifting generational values and the challenge of just plain growing old. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/5 87% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Stubby is every bit the great animated hero, utterly lovable in the eyes of the tykes while also legitimately heroic for the war movie fans. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) [A] style-over-substance Rosemary's Baby/Wicker Man riff riddled with tension-diluting inconsistencies and hamstrung by a holier-than-thou approach to horror tropes. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3.5/5 75% Braven (2018) [Stays] entirely within its genre parameters but does so wholeheartedly, delivering a lean, mean dose of tension, violence and sentimentality. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) [A] lot better than fans had any right to expect, but it is not the ripping yarn we collectively yearned for. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 63% Ideal Home (2018) Coogan gets some capital-L laughs, especially in those moments that reveal his shallow egotism, while Rudd's razor-sharp takedowns define the understated intellect at work in Fleming's script. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
3/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It is a bold undertaking, to readjust what is expected of the MCU/Avengers formula, and there are moments when the sheer scale and momentum match the narrative ambition - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) [A] potentially interesting premise that is then left in the hands of an insipid posse of one-dimensional characters to mull over. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
1.5/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time throws everything at the screen with no idea as to how to make it gel. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) [We] laugh, and we get why we laugh, but everything about the humour is painfully uncomfortable. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4.5/5 91% Love, Simon (2018) Far too many contemporary teen comedies anoint themselves as 'Hughes-ian', desperate to align...with the smart, sweet, insightful teen movies of the genre's golden years, the 80s. Finally, a film earns the accolade. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 92% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) [There] is not a false note in the film's humanity, despite a reality that at times seems entirely cinematic. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/5 81% Early Man (2018) [There] is a better movie lurking inside director Nick Park's hit/miss grab at World Cup football fever relevance. The stereotypically ethnic bad guys feel anachronistic in 2018, too. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 46% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) Well-crafted and solidly dramatic, the film rises above recent shoddy, preachier Biblical renderings. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) [Filled] with some truly wondrous sequences that confirm the director can still craft thrilling popcorn entertainment better than anyone on the planet. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 84% Blockers (2018) [The] narrative works best when debutant director Kay Cannon applies her understanding of strong independent women. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 62% I Can Only Imagine (2018) Though it will never be championed as an insightful work of either religious art or patriarchal psychology, I Can Only Imagine does manage to be a good film about a great song. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 33% That's Not My Dog! (2018) Murphy convincingly captures the celebratory high spirits of the night and the sweet intentions of his leading man. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Willis' casting is crucial...because Roth's coldly calculated if simple-minded thriller exists in a 80s action-movie world totally tone-deaf in today's climate. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/5 30% The BBQ (2018) Stephen Amis' broad farce lands a few gentle barbs at modern Australian society but this likably silly romp, a sort of celebration of 'Dad Joke' humour, feels most at ease when it's just having a bit of a laugh. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/5 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Eastwood can't overcome the inherent problem that everyday Joes like split-second heroes Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler don't necessarily have cinematic back-stories. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
4.5/5 100% Bending the Arc (2017) [A] story of social heroism, fierce spiritual triumph and driven scientific determination. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4.5/5 98% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) A stylised arthouse horror/thriller that doubles as an elegantly intellectual think-piece concerning the region's gender politics. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 22% Bleeding Steel (2018) [It] is impossible to gauge what type of audience, other than the die-hard Chan completists, will feel wholly satisfied by this schizophrenic genre hodgepodge. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/5 75% Swinging Safari (2018) Elliott seems to hold true affection for this time and place; despite its high-pitched shrillness, Swinging Safari is his warmest, funniest and most likable film since ...Priscilla. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017) [One] of the most remarkable moments of television history is examined with an acutely insightful eye and jaunty rhythm in director C.J. Wallis' hugely enjoyable doc. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet D-Love (2017) D-Love is an irresistible addition to that under-serviced film genre that embraces a non-religious philosophy of love and acceptance; few films can boast timeliness so profound. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
3.5/5 57% The Gateway (2018) A compelling turn from a committed leading lady and a twisty premise skilfully executed will ensure The Gateway finds avid fans amongst sci-fi types seeking thoughtful, discussion-starting cinema. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4.5/5 100% The Seen and Unseen (2017) [A] profoundly moving narrative that recalls Niki Caro's Whale Rider in its depiction of innocence, tradition and destiny colliding. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
4/5 100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) Larry loves the industry and yet ... gets little love in return. Steve Mitchell's King Cohen does a great deal to redress that imbalance. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 100% Arrhythmia (Aritmiya) (2017) Khlebnikov brings a modern European sensibility to his storytelling that recalls the intimacy of The Dardennes Brothers and the works of Romanian New Wave auteurs such as Cristian Mungiu. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017