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Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson
Jake Wilson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) The formula of Spies in Disguise doesn't exactly turn into sludge, but first-time directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane don't have it quite perfect, either.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Despite the contained setting, the film has an epic quality, as well as a romantic intensity that marks a major leap forward from Sciamma's previous films Tomboy and Water Lillies.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Loach in this mode is frankly a "message" director and there are all the usual things to be said against such an approach: that his characters are counters first and people second, and that he rigs the game. But he does all this on a high level.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 40% Black Christmas (2019) All this threatens to veer towards the heavy-handed, but there's enough wit to make it work. There's a degree of visual style, too.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/5 17% The Whistleblower (2019) The result is all over the map, in every sense. But despite the stilted acting and artless expository dialogue, the unpredictable shifts of gear hold attention over most if not all of the lengthy running time.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Yet realism, emotional or otherwise, is beside the point: this is a film that prints the legend, perhaps on the assumption that nothing is too cornball for true wrestling fans. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
1.5/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) Well before its end, the film has settled into the groove of a corny buddy comedy so unreal that little trace remains of the serious issues at stake.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Johnson's fancy style remains as appealing as ever, though his signature stylistic moves -- the rapid pans, the close-ups from low angles, the tricks with focus -- are by now as recognizable as the line of a cartoonist.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet I Am No Bird (2019) I Am No Bird contains much to mull over, but not always with a sense that Baker has been able to shape her material into a cohesive narrative or argument. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/5 82% The Report (2019) Ultimately, the film is a character study as much as anything else -- focused, obviously, on Americans, not on the actual victims of torture. Burns has been lucky in his actors, starting with Driver, whose performance is one long slow burn.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) You can feel the actors' joy in playing these long, almost theatrical scenes -- and the director's joy in seeing them take the script to a new level.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
62% The Furies (2019) The effort to combine sermonising and sadism at worst feels hypocritical, and even at best has a vaguely self-congratulatory air. After all, many earlier horror films have addressed similar themes without being so heavy-handed about it.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) With Doctor Sleep, no room is left to doubt that the good characters merit sympathy and the bad ones deserve to suffer. That would be fine in a fairytale, if it were short and sweet enough, but it seems a meagre vision for two and a half hours.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is pure cinema, all three and a half hours of it - and one of Scorsese's jazziest, most difficult films, borrowing from many sources while riffing freely though often mournfully on the themes and techniques of his previous crime epics.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The film ups the ante on its predecessor, resulting in a pure, rather beautiful example of genre as ritual.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) That Hamilton has kept a low profile in recent times gives an edge to her performance, which suggests that she, like her character, feels no need to ingratiate herself with anybody.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) There's no attempt to be seriously disturbing, or to offer us anything more than a macabre good time. Still, on that level the film delivers.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
1.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jolie seems utterly trapped by the narrow conception of the role, which requires her to speak in a clipped British accent and keep emotional display to a minimum. Sometimes her stiffness is played for laughs, sometimes she's just stiff.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 57% Locusts (2019) It is, in short, very much a B-movie and, on this level, it's watchable though never especially inspired.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) This is a film to ponder; once again leaving the impression that Lee is an adult among children -- or to put it another way: one of the few interesting artists still at work in mainstream Hollywood.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) The hard-boiled exchanges between the women have a genuine exuberance, recalling Hollywood movies of the 1930s where showgirls trade wisecracks backstage.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's lighter touch discourages easy judgment. Despite this she has a knack for the kind of vignette that speaks volumes about a relationship.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.5/5 69% Joker (2019) [Joaquin Phoenix] never manages to make Arthur into a coherent person, partly because it's hard to see this schmuck as any kind of future arch-villain and partly because the film's thesis is kept broad and vague.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch is an unmistakable fiasco, pretentious and incoherent even on its own terms.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The zombie genre is now close to exhaustion -- though this is not a problem for Jarmusch who likes his premises threadbare, all the better to distil them into absurdist ritual.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) It's all pretty derivative but also pretty wacky, and there's meaning, if you look for it, on a whole lot of levels, from Freudian imagery and hints of religious allegory to the satire of reality TV. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) This is, to put it plainly, one nutty movie. To begin with, there is no evident reason for it to exist.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) While there's no lack of spectacular vistas, the most dramatic landscape of all is Pitt's face, regularly shown in close-up... This is an acting challenge which Pitt meets impressively, letting emotion surface seemingly against his will.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Some of this is fun and inventive, some of it repetitive and feeble, especially the heavy emphasis on the naivety of the protagonists and the hopelessness of their attempts at cool.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Children will sit through it happily enough, but they deserve better, don't they?‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Longest Shot (2019) The individual shots are handsomely framed, but the rhythms are off, either drawn-out or truncated, and mannerisms such as the frequent fades to black only add to the sense of disjuncture.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Even if the film is mostly too lacking in narrative momentum to be truly suspenseful, it retains a disturbing quality which stems precisely from Muschietti's willingness to court the absurd.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 23% The Kitchen (2019) Berloff is unable to find a tone and style that might make emotional sense of the material or to generate any kind of spontaneous interplay between her stars, who even when positioned side by side seem to be giving separate, unrelated performances.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 84% Dogman (2019) Dogman can be unpleasant to watch, as films about bullying commonly are. But on its own terms it's well-made and even gripping. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
100% Ghost Tropic (2019) The encounters that take place as part of this nocturnal journey are brief and deliberately undramatic: what counts most are the darkened streets themselves, the passing cars and dots of light in the distance. The effect is often exquisite.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
81% Little Monsters (2019) Cinematically speaking, zombies have been done to death, but in this new comedy from Australian writer-director Abe Forsythe the gag is precisely how far the trope can be taken for granted.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 100% Weathering with You (2020) Echoes and departs from Your Name and while not as complete a success, holds considerable appeal in own right. Visually it may be even more beguiling than its predecessor. As storytelling it's awkward and poetic.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There seems little doubt that every detail of the tableau has been selected to give [Tarantino] pleasure, and we are being permitted to witness a private ritual of self-gratification, on more than one level.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
91% It Must Be Heaven (2019) [Elia Suleiman]'s the straight man to an absurd world, remaining silent and largely impassive through a string of oblique, fanciful vignettes‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
88% Picture Character (2019) The idea of a feature-length documentary about emojis may sound whimsical, but the more filmmakers Ian Cheney and Martha Shane probe the topic, the more intriguing questions are opened up. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) A familiar premise is given new and unsettling life.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
86% Violence Voyager (2018) This campy yet unsettling Japanese oddity takes retro to a whole new level, through a technique that is neither live-action nor animation in any usual sense. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Even more than Hereditary, Midsommar lives on the edge where horror meets absurdity, prompting the kind of laughter that comes from not knowing how else to respond. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) I'm willing to accept this as an accurate picture of how comedians can be -- which is not to say that the accuracy makes Late Night any funnier.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
100% Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv) (1967) Whatever passes before [Sergei Parajanov's] camera -- men, women, children, animals, crucifixes, candles, fire, snow -- is rendered so vividly that other films look like vague shadows by comparison. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
100% Alice (2019) Movie premises don't come much more French than this... Regardless, this is a very cunningly handled first feature, maintaining a matter-of-fact, sometimes comic tone rather than venturing too far into erotic daydream.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) The customarily skillful Sachs here takes a frankly rarefied approach a little reminiscent of the Australian director Ben Hackworth -- framing the idyllic "natural" settings as if they were backdrops made for the actors to stand against. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The action regularly grinds to a halt so they can trade elaborate putdowns, which give every sign of having been crafted by writers whose practical experience of brawling has occurred mostly on Twitter.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Camino Skies (2019) Despite the pretty cinematography and "inspirational" tone, the approach has a lot in common with the voyeuristic formula of reality TV: following vulnerable people through demanding situations and waiting for them to crack.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 67% The White Crow (2019) The film gives the impression that much of Fiennes' attention went into working with Ivenko on shaping the details of this portrait -- and it is psychologically convincing, whether or not it has much to do with the real man.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019