Screen-Space

Screen-Space is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Simon Foster
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Ghost Light (2018) Simon Foster In equal measure a love letter to The Bard, a satirical skewering of theatrical tropes and a cracking Twilight Zone episode. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/5 () Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 () Simon Foster Valkeapää avoids leering over the perverse by remaining bound to his themes of redemption and understanding. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 () Simon Foster It is a beautiful, universal, heartbreaking observation from a filmmaker fully invested in his story and characters. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 () Simon Foster A great deal of bitter existential irony courses through the frames of Alk's deeply humanistic film. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 Davi's Way (2017) Simon Foster [A] long overdue insight into a man whose entire career has painted a not-entirely truthful representation of what drives him as an artist. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 () Simon Foster The Run forgoes the observational disconnect of most factual films and becomes one with the profound journey itself. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Tater Tot & Patton (2017) Simon Foster A film so steeped in such deeply human conditions as grief, addiction and loneliness ought not also be such a sweetly engaging joy. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/5 Blue Moon (2018) Simon Foster A gripping slice of Kiwi-noir that ticks all the boxes that rank truly great independent cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Simon Foster [The] darlings of 80s/90s cinema turn their callous-hearted characters into legitimately redeemable love birds. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 The Way We Weren't (2019) Simon Foster [This] occasionally funny, energetically upbeat effort provides a solid vehicle for likable stars Fiona Gubelmann and Australian Ben Lawson. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
3/5 The Last Laugh (2019) Simon Foster [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. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 I Still See You (2018) Simon Foster I Still See You is an ideal early foray into the horror genre for the modern teenage girl and her slumber party pals. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) Simon Foster Nugent proves himself to be a master of meaningful whimsy. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 At First Light (2018) Simon Foster Whether you know it or not, kids, you've now got your own generation's Close Encounters of The Third Kind. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 Nightmare Cinema (2018) Simon Foster [Delivered] by Garris and his peers with a true understanding of a horror fan's fixation. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
5/5 Leto (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 Spitfire (2018) Simon Foster Through the narrative and wonderful aerial shots blending wartime and contemporary footage, Spitfire doesn't just tell you about the plane, it shows you. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2018
2.5/5 Suspiria (2018) Simon Foster [A] horror film that doesn't seem to be particularly interested in being a 'horror' film at all. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 Alpha (2018) Simon Foster Deceptively simple in its construction yet sweepingly epic, exciting and genuinely moving in its execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/5 () Simon Foster Satan's Slaves is a supremely polished, legitimately creepy poltergeist/possession yarn. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 The Misandrists (2017) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man (2018) Simon Foster [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. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/5 The Meg (2018) Simon Foster The Meg seems destined to only find favour with snarky podcasters seeking schlocky targets for ridicule. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 Animal World (2018) Simon Foster [An] aggressively pointless 140 minutes of misdirection and incoherence. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2018
4/5 Adrift (2018) Simon Foster An un-ironic, openhearted romance that doubles as a psychological study in survival trauma. Every bruise earned and every tear shed... feels entirely authentic. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (2017) Simon Foster A charming study of family dynamics, shifting generational values and the challenge of just plain growing old. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/5 Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/5 Hereditary (2018) Simon Foster [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. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2018
3.5/5 Braven (2018) Simon Foster [Stays] entirely within its genre parameters but does so wholeheartedly, delivering a lean, mean dose of tension, violence and sentimentality. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018
3.5/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Simon Foster [A] lot better than fans had any right to expect, but it is not the ripping yarn we collectively yearned for. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 Ideal Home (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2018
3/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Simon Foster 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 EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Simon Foster [A] potentially interesting premise that is then left in the hands of an insipid posse of one-dimensional characters to mull over. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2018
1.5/5 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Simon Foster A Wrinkle in Time throws everything at the screen with no idea as to how to make it gel. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 The Death of Stalin (2017) Simon Foster [We] laugh, and we get why we laugh, but everything about the humour is painfully uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
4.5/5 Love, Simon (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 The Other Side of Hope (2017) Simon Foster [There] is not a false note in the film's humanity, despite a reality that at times seems entirely cinematic. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/5 Early Man (2018) Simon Foster [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. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) Simon Foster Well-crafted and solidly dramatic, the film rises above recent shoddy, preachier Biblical renderings. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 Ready Player One (2018) Simon Foster [Filled] with some truly wondrous sequences that confirm the director can still craft thrilling popcorn entertainment better than anyone on the planet. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 Blockers (2018) Simon Foster [The] narrative works best when debutant director Kay Cannon applies her understanding of strong independent women. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 I Can Only Imagine (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 That's Not my Dog! (2018) Simon Foster Murphy convincingly captures the celebratory high spirits of the night and the sweet intentions of his leading man. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 Death Wish (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/5 The BBQ (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/5 The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Simon Foster 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2018
4.5/5 Bending the Arc (2017) Simon Foster [A] story of social heroism, fierce spiritual triumph and driven scientific determination. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018