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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 89% Mank (2020) Mank feels like a project undertaken for obscure personal reasons, which perhaps never had much chance of artistic success. At the least, though, it's an unusually ambitious and interesting failure.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5/5 83% Freaky (2020) Newton is up to the task of embodying a relentless "murder Barbie," but most of the comedy is assigned to Vaughn, more enthusiastically committed here than in many of his recent roles.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) In her best film in close to a decade, Sofia Coppola tries at long last to imagine some version of adulthood, in the most equivocal possible way. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
83% The Brood (1979) One of the films that gave rise to the term "body horror," David Cronenberg's 1979 shocker is a characteristic mix of the sombre, the wacky and the viscerally grotesque.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
88% Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) (1961) Roger Corman is legendary as a B-movie producer, but his less-heralded gifts as a director are displayed in this 1961 entry in his series of fantasia on themes from Edgar Allan Poe, staged with an elegance that belies the low budget and lurid content.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
93% Passport to Pimlico (1949) A near-perfect expression of the lightly anarchistic ethos associated with Britain's Ealing studio, with a host of great character actors and a script by... TEB Clarke that stands as a model of how to develop an absurd situation step by step.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
93% Pauline At The Beach (1983) Flawlessly constructed as usual, this 1983 instalment in Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series is one of his most sensual films - and one of his saddest. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) In the refusal to spell out or resolve too much, something lingers.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) In an era when suspicion is widespread we're all being pranked one way or another, there's an almost nostalgic appeal to a conman willing to come clean about his scams.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 40% Honest Thief (2020) Honest Thief is a small-scale, low-budget, minor-league affair. That wouldn't be a problem if cinematographer Shelly Johnson had the imagination to compensate for the lack of spectacle, but the story is as familiar as it is tame.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 40% Irresistible (2020) It's plain all along that Stewart has little interest in his characters and their troubles except as a means for him to score didactic points, primarily about the evils of unrestricted campaign financing.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) It's a rare American film that is willing to risk not having the protagonist learn the right lesson -- especially if the filmmaker, too, is ambitious to move on to bigger things.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
2/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 may not be the squarest film ever made about 1960s radicalism... Still, this loose "true story" is exactly what you would expect from Sorkin.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
2.5/5 70% The High Note (2020) While Maggie eventually proves her competence as a producer, there's no attempt to suggest that her work is especially brilliant or groundbreaking. Nor could any claim remotely like that be made for The High Note. But all goes down easy.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2.5/5 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) Even with so much spelled out, the significance of this very abstract parable will be best appreciated by the adults in the room, just as the trippy visuals (often quite imaginative) belong to the same tradition of knowingly warped storybook imagery.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 88% Adam (2019) Despite the familiarity of the premise, there is something instantly appealing about Adam -- and about Touzani's style, which is plain without being artless.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
72% Becky (2020) This is a film of gimmicks, most of them rather tired. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
2/5 62% Fatima (2020) The message of the Virgin, less consoling than apocalyptic, is visualized by Pontecorvo in sometimes lurid terms. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) The whole thing, in short, is a nightmare -- one that may leave confirmed horror fans as bewildered as anyone else, since Kaufman seems bent on frustrating our expectations of the genre.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
100% Atlantis (2019) Sergiy's dead-eyed quality is mirrored in the film's style. Scenes typically play out in a single take, the camera set at a fixed distance and blankly awaiting catastrophe.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
95% Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2020) It's all appealing to the eye, though it must be said that the high-flown approach erases most of the earthier facts of canine life.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
No Score Yet Kala azar (2020) Where a director like Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) builds a parallel universe from scratch in each film, the oddest thing about Kala Azar is that nothing happens here that couldn't happen in the real world.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
100% Mayor (2020) Osit gets considerable comic value out of the intrinsic banality of local government. But once we start to see Hadid engaging with the wider world, the film becomes a tribute to his valiant effort to preserve some kind of dignity.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
100% Sunless Shadows (2020) No convicted murderers could look less fearsome than the demure subjects of this low-key but startling documentary from Iran's Mehrdad Oskouei.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
1.5/5 49% Made in Italy (2020) I can only hope this real-life bonding exercise was more satisfying than what appears on screen.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
No Score Yet The Leadership (2019) Even as it stands, this blend of travelogue, TED talk and traumatic encounter group session appeals to the imagination as a snapshot of how the world is changing in multiple directions at once. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
98% Vitalina Varela (2020) The enduring paradox of Costa's work is that this setting has its own irresistible glamour, reminiscent of fashion photography; the people he films are his models.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2020) Mosese knows the score, and if you want to see what today's model of cutting-edge cinema looks like, you could do far worse.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/5 87% Deerskin (2020) This is a willfully dumbed-down, emptied-out version of Hitchcock, as if the goal were to prove that the mechanisms of suspense still appeal to the lizard brain no matter how stupid the overt "content".‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
2/5 71% 23 Walks (2020) Playing into all the stereotypes of British reticence, the film moves at a crawling pace that makes David Lean's famously restrained Brief Encounter look like a monument to erotic excess.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
No Score Yet Paris Calligrammes (2019) Paris more than most cities is recognisably the same place it was 50 or 100 years ago... Ottinger brings this home for us, while tempering her nostalgia with an attention to aspects of history that deserve anything but celebration.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
90% State Funeral (2019) The cumulative effect is to encourage distrust of state-sponsored imagery in any form, and to suggest that, under the spell of the right official narrative, we too might be moved to authentic tears.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
94% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) It is no easy thing to show a character like this without sentimentalizing or imposing clear-cut judgement. But Anne at 13,000 Feet succeeds: Campbell seems to grasp the character totally even when we don't.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
89% Hyènes (Hyenas) (1992) Mambety makes the source material his own, in vivid, witty images. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
3.5/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) These themes have preoccupied Linklater through his whole career -- and while Where'd You Go, Bernadette may not be one of his peaks, it shows he's still bent on approaching them in new ways.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
3/5 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) If you're prepared to give Davidson a chance, Apatow's entertainment instincts and a well-chosen supporting cast are enough to ensure the film never becomes an outright drag.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/5 81% The Old Guard (2020) Despite a clearly substantial budget and starry cast, it feels closer to an overblown TV pilot than to spectacle on the Marvel scale.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
2/5 87% Shirley (2020) Decker and Gubbins zig just where you might expect them to zag - but for all their departures from fact, they're not bold enough to give the tale quite the kind of vicious twist Jackson herself could be counted on to deliver.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
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 90% 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 93% 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 56% 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 87% 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 38% 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 50% 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