Simon Foster

Simon Foster
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 70% Ghost Light (2018) 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 43% 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 40% 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 83% 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
4/5 100% Litigante (2019) It is a beautiful, universal, heartbreaking observation from a filmmaker fully invested in his story and characters. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Pariah Dog (2019) A great deal of bitter existential irony courses through the frames of Alk's deeply humanistic film. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 100% Davi's Way (2018) [A] long overdue insight into a man whose entire career has painted a not-entirely truthful representation of what drives him as an artist. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Run (2017) The Run forgoes the observational disconnect of most factual films and becomes one with the profound journey itself. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 85% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) A film so steeped in such deeply human conditions as grief, addiction and loneliness ought not also be such a sweetly engaging joy. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
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 86% 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 89% 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 80% Leto (2019) 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 79% 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 92% 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 72% 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 67% 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 64% 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 15% 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 92% 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 91% 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 83% 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 61% 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 18% 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