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)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Children will sit through it happily enough, but they deserve better, don't they? - The Age (Australia) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 62% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 21% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 83% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) The fire burns slowly, but there's no lack of heat in Celine Sciamma's period love story. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
93% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
89% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
88% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) A familiar premise is given new and unsettling life. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
80% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
61% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 66% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 97% Booksmart (2019) First, the good news: it's immediately clear that Wilde is a filmmaker by vocation... If anything, the film is polished to a fault: the marketing term "elevated genre," most frequently applied to horror, feels equally apt here. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) Crawl is not a good movie in any sense of the term. But... it lives up to its schlock promise -- delivering jokey shocks with a degree of expertise while retaining enough seeming naivety to let viewers have fun mocking its shortcomings. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 89% The Third Wife (2019) The Third Wife is more or less upfront about the element of sado-masochistic fantasy built into the scenario, oddly fused with the charm of a rural idyll. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The inspired Parasite can't precisely be labelled a comedy, a thriller, nor a socially conscious drama about the class divide in South Korea, although it contains elements of all three. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) If the film falls flat as horror, it succeeds little better as a symbolic coming-of-age story: the lesson imparted is about the importance of playing it safe. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Inevitably, much of the thematic material feels sketched in rather than fully realised, though the sense of possibilities jostling against each other is part of the pleasure of this kind of genre cinema. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 offers a pleasant, innocuous 90 minutes of entertainment for children and to adults who moderate their expectations. Was it worth Illumination spending $US80 million dollars on? Possibly not, but then it isn't your money or mine. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) The uninspired approach of director F Gary Gray does nothing to mask the staleness of the formula. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) On a technical level, all this effort pays off, but there's little sense of an emotional investment to match the financial one. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Puoi baciare lo sposo) (2018) This is a film that runs on miracles -- where all conflicts are eventually smoothed over and all difficulties dispelled as if by the wave of a magic wand. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is not a major film, but it's a genuinely provocative one, a hand grenade tossed out into the pop culture arena. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 96% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) A film in which the personal and the political are intertwined, but in no straightforward way. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 65% Peterloo (2019) Crucial to Leigh's very British notion of democracy is a commitment to showing people as they really are -- or as he sees them, in all their knobbly imperfections. Crucial, too, is the fact that even an epic like Peterloo remains a film without heroes. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Is there is anything of substance to hang on to amid these endless reflections? What is undeniable, certainly, is Reeves' dedication to his role, which suggests the enthusiasm of a puppy wanting to please. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 34% Poms (2019) The usual kind of feelgood pap about characters learning to appreciate each other despite their differences and making the most of life while they still have it. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's yet another throwback, less to the 1990s heyday of Pokemon than to the 1980s heyday of Hollywood pop gimmickry. The main template appears to be Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, another zany mystery with a cast mingling humans and animated figures. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) If the film is a frankly unreal, wish-fulfilment fantasy, that very frankness gives it a certain edge. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) The film shares something of its hero's self-involvement. If you can accept that, however, Thunder Road is an impressive one-man-show. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) For young adults who have literally grown up with these movies, the experience may be emotionally overwhelming. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) This is the kind of film that all but demands a second viewing in order to appreciate the complex elegance of the design, assembled from details systematically calculated to lend themselves to more than one interpretation. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2.5/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Creaking hinges, distant rattling, sudden flashes of light: these devices have been standard for many years, and they're unleashed once more in Michael Chaves' [The Curse of La Llorona], where they have their intended effect roughly half the time. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) A decade on, this largely routine reboot from British director Neil Marshall...is no compensation for whatever we missed out on back then. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 47% Little (2019) For a bright and breezy commercial comedy, your present best bet is surely Little. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
1.5/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) A few hectic chase scenes aside, children will likely find the film both boring and upsetting, a deadly combination. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Routine in many respects, Pet Sematary is also a rarity -- a horror film which takes death seriously, as a natural phenomenon to be accepted and respected. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) The result is one of [Burton's] more personal recent films, with plenty of his characteristic touches and themes. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 93% Us (2019) For all its unevenness and confusion, cannot be dismissed. Something genuinely urgent seems to be happening, especially in the performances by Nyong'o and, to a lesser extent, Moss. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's a ramshackle movie at best, stuffed with cliches, cartoonish yet visually inert, a plea for non-conformity that never veers far from the commercial playbook. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019