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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
3/5 No Score Yet The Taverna (2020) The Taverna is billed as a black comedy, and the increasingly over-the-top action does spark some laughs. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/5 89% The Booksellers (2020) In style it's conventional, but it bounces along, with the brisk editing and David Ullmann's jazzy score setting a fusty yet lively tone not far removed from the films of Woody Allen.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
2.5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach can be his strength, but while Da Five Bloods doesn't entirely lack heat, it never really gets cooking.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
2.5/5 55% Sibyl (2020) Perhaps the version of Sibyl we have has been cut down from a significantly longer version, which no doubt would be even messier, but also potentially more compelling as psychodrama. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/5 88% The Trip to Greece (2020) The upshot is a distinctive layering of tones, with the contrast between nit-picking comedy and romantic grandeur lending a melancholy to the whole.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
20% Irresistible (2005) The scenes of physical suspense are crudely handled, and the story essentially stalls for 90 minutes in its first act.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3.5/5 50% Farewell to the Night (L'Adieu a la nuit) (2019) Part of Techine's strength is that he lets us ponder such questions for ourselves: whatever his characters reveal or hide, he respects the larger mystery of personality, whereby contrasting threads are somehow braided together into the whole.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Legend of Baron To'a (2020) A strange but enjoyable hybrid of martial arts movie and folksy comedy from first-time New Zealand director Kiel McNaughton. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2.5/5 92% In Fabric (2019) This is not the film to see if you're after a sleazy good time. It's more like a game of hunt the symbol, with possible interpretations scattered so thickly it is hard to pick just one.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2/5 37% Downhill (2020) For this to work, every nuance has to be just right -- and the lack of specificity here suggests that Faxon and Rash haven't much of their own to say about either long-term marriages or Americans abroad.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Moss' intensity is almost too much for the film, which otherwise has a self-conscious B-movie mode, with sparsely dressed sets, expressionistic sound design and few concessions to realism.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
1.5/5 40% The Wishmas Tree (2020) The film is just a mishmash, combining half-baked fantasy concepts with simple messages about the importance of co-operation and so forth, plus the occasional toilet joke.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/5 100% In My Blood It Runs (2019) Expressed in these straightforward terms, the message is hard to brush off... However you feel about these tactics this is an effective film and, in its commitment to its subjects, an honorable one.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
2.5/5 8% Fantasy Island (2020) There's a degree of strain and tedium in the effort to convince us the story ultimately makes sense. Perhaps Wadlow's next project, Magic 8-Ball, will be his breakthrough. For the moment, however, his fantasy of making a good movie remains unfulfilled.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) This is, frankly, a political film and it's no secret that Eastwood is not exactly on the left, but, ever the pragmatist, he leaves room for multiple readings.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It hardly needs saying that Robbie aces the role and she's not only a gifted clown, but one of the most intriguingly modern of Hollywood stars. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 87% Color Out of Space (2020) Cage in particular is very much in his element, proving his reputation as an undisciplined weirdo is less than deserved. His performance is one long freakout, but a carefully calibrated one, escalating as the situation deteriorates.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) As calculated as the film might be, it's hard to dislike. And while Nilson and Schwartz use Gottsagen's sincerity as a guarantee of their own good intentions, this never feels as exploitative as it might have.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) The drama lacks inner tension. Rather than wrestling with himself, as other Malick heroes do, Franz remains a noble waxwork helplessly true to his own convictions.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 48% Underwater (2020) The dream-like atmosphere must be partly intentional, if the recurring Alice in Wonderland references are anything to go by -- though it also seems like a result of sheer indifference to the many gaps in the script.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
1.5/5 14% Dolittle (2020) An awful disappointment on all fronts: the dullest version of the material yet. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 48% My Spy (2020) The charm of the film lies exactly in its mix of tones and genres: globetrotting action is pitted against domestic comedy, with the latter triumphing over the former.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
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 98% 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 88% 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 38% 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 93% 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
63% 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 44% 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 56% 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 87% 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 68% 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 55% 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 27% 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