Simon Foster

Simon Foster
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 80% Go! (2019) The Kart-y Kid. - Screen-Space EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 63% 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 20% 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 86% 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
4.5/5 100% Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) (2019) 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 43% 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
3/5 100% 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 74% 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 67% 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 94% You Don't Nomi (2019) [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 83% 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 89% 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 89% 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 53% 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 8% 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 80% 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 77% 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 78% 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 65% 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 94% 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 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 88% 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 77% 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