Simon Foster

Simon Foster
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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ape Canyon (2019) It plays cute at key moments, confidently relying on a sweet chemistry between the leads, but Ape Canyon is also a bittersweet tale of obsession. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2021
3/5 56% Then Came You (2020) [Finds] just enough heart and honesty at key moments to keep Then Came You from being just a sweetly disposable confection. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Friends and Strangers (2021) Vaughan has generational malaise and middle-class white privilege in his crosshairs. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
4/5 8% Music (2020) Yes, we want ASD actors cast in parts drawn from their life experiences, but we cannot deny that Music considers those experiences with heart, integrity and artistry regardless. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 59% Shortcut (2020) A serviceable creature-feature that will play well enough with housebound under-'20s, the patch-quilt monster-movie/teen drama Shortcut is light on logic but buoyed by an engaging spirit. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
3.5/5 71% The End of the Storm (2020) Erskine pulls up shy of taking the camera into the dressing rooms and boardrooms to capture real drama...instead ensuring that the mood is kept buoyant and in line with the giddy thrill that only Cup winners are afforded. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/5 87% 1BR (2020) 1BR is as incisive a slice of pitch black social satire as it is a squirm-inducing horror film. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4.5/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) While a time-skipping 91 minute three-quel, 29 years on the boil, should not carry the weight of making the world a happier place, it suddenly finds itself doing so. And doing so most excellently. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Superhuman: The Invisible Made Visible (2020) A thrilling case for the power of the mind as a unifying social force - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/5 10% The Unfamiliar (2020) Pretorious and DOP Pete Wallington shoot the reveal of the film's devilish protagonist (repping stellar creature design work from makeup fx veteran Robbie Drake) with a genuinely nightmarish glee. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
4/5 80% The Pickup Game (2019) [A] searing, exciting exposé of the 'seduction coaching' industry and the sexual snake-oil salesmen bleeding millions of dollars from desperately lonely sadsacks who equate meaningless conquest with manlihood. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
1.5/5 8% Grizzly II. Revenge (2020) [In] the annals of 'All-time Great Bad Movies', where earnest acting in the service of unspeakable dialogue is prized, Grizzly 2: Revenge gains immediate respect. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
4/5 44% Black Water: Abyss (2020) A terrifically effective sequel that exhibits what a masterful teller of suspenseful stories [Traucki] has become. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
2/5 14% The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (2020) [Wraps] on a fairytale high that Hogan's legion of fans undoubtedly believe he has earned in real life; too bad it is denied his movie alter-ego, who deserves a better send off than this. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
3/5 67% Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B & B Robbery (2020) Two winning lead performances and the present-day reimagining of well-worn tropes go a long way to smoothing over some bumpy plotting... - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
4/5 81% The Shock of the Future (Le choc du futur) (2019) It is a rousing story, underplayed to near-perfection, made grand by the sense of artistic discovery it conveys. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
4/5 100% Morgana (2019) So sex positive and emotionally resonant is her factual film journey, everything about the body and soul baring of Morgana Muses feels convincingly empowering and wonderfully real. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Cracked Up (2019) With Cracked Up, Hammond is only doing what he hoped someone might have done when he was a child - speaking up. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
3.5/5 17% Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact has Begun (2020) [It] won't make you believe any more than you do, nor will it spin too many sceptics 180, but it will help us understand the complexity of a different set of beliefs. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 91% The Willoughbys (2020) [If] the storytelling stumbles, Pearn and his animators certainly deliver colour and movement in a manner that is sure to enthral the under 10s. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
4/5 64% Planet of the Humans (2020) A bleak picture of a near future that mankind's very existence is irrevocably condemning. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
4/5 77% There's Something in the Water (2019) There's Something in the Water tells an ugly story about the horrendous exploitation of a proud people and their beautiful land, so urgency and honesty over artistry seems entirely appropriate. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
4/5 75% Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2019) Amito and Laicini ensure it all unfolds in an earnestly told and legitimately chilling manner, both their faux-70s filmmaking technique and pretend 'experts' convincing. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
4/5 65% Astronaut (2019) Astronaut is more interested in the humanity of its elderly characters than it is in serving the conventions of a genre. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
4/5 90% Two Heads Creek (2019) A smart, yet deliriously insane take on our dangerously ridiculous modern society, Two Heads Creek plays like a Monty Python-meets-Peter 'Braindead' Jackson reworking of Wake in Fright. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Tourism (2018) [An] engagingly old-fashioned story extolling the virtues of social engagement and experiential living. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 51% Guns Akimbo (2020) A splattery, smartly satirical Truman Show/Running Man mash-up for the content-obsessed millennial masses - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
3.5/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic the Hedgehog hits the ground running in Paramount's crowdpleasing, funny, spirited comedy/adventure romp. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
4/5 79% VHYes (2020) A skit-filled 'Kentucky Fried Movie'-like takedown of kitsch 1980s media culture develops into a far more prescient and surprisingly moving satire. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/5 80% Go Karts (Go!) (2019) The Kart-y Kid. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 67% The Wave (2020) A riff on A Christmas Carol in which Ebenezer Scrooge swallows The Red Pill is a good starting point for those readying to partake of Gille Klabin's trippy, challenging, wholly satisfying freak-out - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4.5/5 19% Cats (2019) Hooper's surrealistic song-and-dance spectacle, steeped in joyous musical theatre lore and rich with the emotions of acceptance and forgiveness, is exactly what we need right now. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
3.5/5 75% Only Cloud Knows (2019) [If] The Notebook, The Lakehouse and/or Somewhere in Time are kept in a drawer under your television, Only Cloud Knows is for you. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 90% Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) (2021) Shahad Ameen announces herself as that most special of filmmakers - a storyteller that can work timely subtext and scathing commentary into a great work of fantasy. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Unseen (2019) One of the most confronting and heartbreaking cinematic works of the year - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Stay Out Stay Alive (2019) [Within] familiar parameters [Yurke] delivers a convincingly scary spin on just how ugly human nature can be when tempted by greed and twisted by paranoia. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3.5/5 41% Midway (2019) [The] truer battle raging on-screen in Roland Emmerich's Midway is the clash between Oscar-bait war epic and rousingly cornball B-movie. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/5 94% In Search of Darkness (2019) Despite its flaws, it is the work of a true fan, geared towards the like-minded. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4.5/5 98% Working Woman (2019) Liron Ben Shlush superbly portrays the anxiety and heartbreak of the victimized as well as the dignity and determination to face down an attacker - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 75% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Nothing about the expanded format dilutes the hilarity of the inappropriate interviews. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 63% The Banana Splits (2019) If a reboot of the property was going to happen it might as well be in this all-or-nothing mutated form. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Beats] to the obsessive pop-culture pulse of Quentin Tarantino like no film of his ever has. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 89% You Don't Nomi (2020) [It] certainly paints a picture of a film that is a true auteur's vision, enlivened by an actress' devotion and worthy of its audience's adoration. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 53% Reborn (2018) [Displays] a particularly strong affinity for character-driven storytelling, which elevates Reborn above others of its kind. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) Footage of him being at one with the creatures and seascapes he lived and fought for are as a profoundly inspiring as anything he had ever shot for the cause of shark conservation. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 92% The Cat Rescuers (2019) As much as it is a cat's tale, The Cat Rescuers is also a moving study in good humanity. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
3.5/5 74% Ghost Light (2019) In equal measure a love letter to The Bard, a satirical skewering of theatrical tropes and a cracking Twilight Zone episode. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/5 46% Palm Beach (2019) Ward's boomer friendship fantasy is light on real world issues and heavy on champers, sunshine and how life's little hiccups can take the sheen off wealthy privilege. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Dougherty respects both the B-movie beats of the big guy's film history as well as the environmental subtext that Godzilla has always represented. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 90% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) Valkeapää avoids leering over the perverse by remaining bound to his themes of redemption and understanding. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019