Bob Foster

SKYSCRAPER review: Just watch Die Hard instead.

SKYSCRAPER review: Just watch Die Hard instead.

Skyscraper Written and directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johsnon, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber Production companies: Legendary Pictures, Flynn Picture Company, Seven Bucks Productions Distributed by: Universal Release date July 13, 2018 Running time 102 minutes Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language.   Skyscraper is […]

 Bob Foster

Hereditary uses grief and guilt to build a terrifying film [review]

Hereditary uses grief and guilt to build a terrifying film [review]

Hereditary Directed by: Ari AsterScreenplay by: Ari Aster Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Milly Shapiro Production companies: Palm Star Media; Distributed by A24   Release date June 8, 2018 Running time 127 minutes Rated R for Horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use, and brief graphic nudity. At its core, Hereditary is a film about […]

 Bob Foster

TOMB RAIDER is an underwhelming adventure. [Review]

TOMB RAIDER is an underwhelming adventure. [Review]

Tomb Raider Directed by Roar Uthaug Screenplay by Geneve Robertson-Dworet & Alastair Siddons Based on Tomb Raider game series published by Square Enix Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Dominic West, Derek Jacobi, Kristen Scott Thomas. Production companies GK films, Square Enix, MGM Distributed by Warner Brothers Release date March 16, 2018 Running time […]

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A QUIET PLACE is a lean and terrifying experience [REVIEW]

A QUIET PLACE is a lean and terrifying experience [REVIEW]

A Quiet Place Directed by: John Krasinski Screenplay by: Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski Story by: Bryan Woods & Scott Beck Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmons Production companies: Platinum Dunes Distributed by: Paramount Release date April 6, 2018 Running time 90 Minutes Rated PG-13 for terror and some […]

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WatchPlayRead goes to SIFF! Part 1

WatchPlayRead goes to SIFF! Part 1

  The Seattle International Film Festival is now over halfway through its 44th year! Spreading over 25 days, it is the largest film festival in North America. It’s also one of the few to have every film open to the public (there are a few press only screenings, but those films are still available in […]

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Paddington 2 is a more than bearable sequel.

Paddington 2 is a more than bearable sequel.

Two years ago, released among the grizzly studio dumps of January was a tiny cub of a great family film.  Effortlessly charming, with a huge heart, and continually clever and never panda-ering to kids, Paddington surprised me over and over again. I koalan’t believe it, and it held as one of best films of 2015.  After […]

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Insidious: The Last Key unlocks an underwhelming sequel

Insidious: The Last Key unlocks an underwhelming sequel

  Insidious: The Last Key Directed by Adam Robitel Screenplay by Leigh Whannell Starring Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davidson Production company: Blumhouse Distributed by Universal Release date January 5, 2018 Running time 105 minutes Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language   The opening sequence of […]

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JUSTICE LEAGUE is a step in the right direction, but not enough yet. [REVIEW]

JUSTICE LEAGUE is a step in the right direction, but not enough yet. [REVIEW]

  Let’s do this the way Superman would prefer: start with the positive, that glimmer of hope. Justice League finally understands Superman. After the scowling, grudging hero of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman; JL has The Big Blue Boy Scout audiences expected and wanted; besides one sequence that threatens to crash it down. […]

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For a film about death, COCO is vibrant and full of life. [REVIEW]

For a film about death, COCO is vibrant and full of life. [REVIEW]

Coco Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina Screenplay by Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Molina Starring the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal Production companies Disney/Pixar Distributed by Disney Release date November 22, 2017 Running time 105 minutes plus 21 minute Olaf’s Frozen Adventure short Rated PG for thematic elements Miguel wants to […]

 Bob Foster

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is Tarnished

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is Tarnished

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman (based on the graphic novel “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons) Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, and Jeff Bridges A promising series stopped short due to a underwhelming sequel is a shame. Especially […]

 Bob Foster

Aronofsky’s Mother! is a Perverted Dreamscape You’re Not Prepared For

Aronofsky’s Mother! is a Perverted Dreamscape You’re Not Prepared For

Mother! (2017) Written and Directed by Daren Aronofsky Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer Run time: 121 minutes Rated R No film-goer is going to be prepared for what Mother! is going to deliver unto them. From moment-to-moment, scene-to-scene even the most dedicated to story-structure critic and fan will wonder what […]