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Jake Wilson

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) " It's a simple premise with proven appeal, giving director Paul Tibbitt and his team freedom to construct a film where just about every element of the storytelling exists to be parodied and undermined. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2015
3/5 80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) " There's a central truthfulness to the film, which is full of stray details that are sure to trigger the viewer's own memories of the ordinary chaos of childhood. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2015
3/5 30% Get Hard (2015) " Ferrell and Hart work well together: both are highly verbal performers, supported by a script full of unlikely linguistic flourishes. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2015
2/5 47% Home (2015) " Home is schematic and moralistic in the frequent manner of modern American cartoons, although the moralising doesn't entirely make sense: there are a couple of underlying metaphors that don't quite mesh. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 61% Run All Night (2015) " If you appreciate this kind of guff, then Run All Night, despite its slow spots, is a fairly good yarn. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Hunting Elephants (2015) " Reshef Levi's Hunting Elephants was a box-office smash in its native Israel, but much of the humour is clearly the kind that gets lost in translation. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 18, 2015
4/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " It isn't one film but many, an anthology of expertly recreated genre tropes, from fog-shrouded noir to sunlit paranoia. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 31% Chappie (2015) " Blomkamp's strength lies in his unabashed populism, an extension of his sympathy with the underdog. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 75% Lucky Them (2014) " A study of the perils of nostalgia, Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them itself comes off as a throwback to an earlier era of low-key, whimsical US independent cinema. This is not a bad thing, considering the talents of the cast. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 67% That Sugar Film " Simply put, Gameau's one-man experiment is not rigorous enough to prove anything at all, however striking his results seem. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 96% National Gallery (2014) " To say Frederick Wiseman makes observational documentaries is like saying Alfred Hitchcock made thrillers -- accurate, but not the heart of the matter. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Gangnam 1970 (Gangnam Blues) (2015) " Gangnam Blues does not break much new ground for its genre, but it's very well-made in what is by now a familiar Korean style, emphasising clarity, medium-to-long shots, and symmetrical compositions with actors often directly facing the camera. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 36% Project Almanac (2015) " [It] is a "found footage" movie. This gimmick may have run its course: not only does Israelite use the method inconsistently, he never shows why it's needed to tell this particular story. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Somewhere Only We Know (2015) " In style and sensibility, [it] echoes another recent Chinese "chick flick", 20 Once Again. Both films are aimed at a youth market, yet both have a conservative slant, encouraging the younger generation to retain the prudent virtues of times gone by. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2015
3/5 91% The Departed (2006) " As ingenious as it is artificial. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2/5 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " When the writers run out of ideas, they settle for desperate bad taste: a scene with a dog at a bachelor party is probably the kinkiest thing in any Hollywood comedy since Adam Sandler's That's My Boy mounted a qualified defence of paedophilia. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/5 80% Paper Planes " It's a simple premise but rich in subtext, delivering a pointed message to the generation responsible for Australia's future. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) " The gags run the gamut from the inspired to the amusingly corny -- and are hung on one of the Farrellys' patented convoluted plots. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2.5/5 96% Argo (2012) " Only two scenes do more than hint at the poetic potential of the premise. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2.5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " A film that, despite its surface simplicity, proves to be riven with contradictions to the point of incoherence. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2.5/5 60% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " This is comfortably straightforward hokum -- which is to say that Jackson, for all his delusions of grandeur, remains a bit of a hobbit at heart. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3.5/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) " The team behind Big Hero 6 clearly have good intentions, as well as being the smoothest operators around. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 96% Ida (2014) " Pawlikowski is intelligent, sensitive to mood and willing to defy fashion -- and this last quality, in particular, is rare enough to be worth valuing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " A bit of a mess. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) " By estranging us from supposed normality, Glazer forces us to identify with otherness: Johansson's mystery woman is a predator, but also potentially a victim. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) " Richard Linklater's Boyhood is in most respects a traditional realist film -- plainly shot, devoid of plot gimmicks, aiming to approximate life as it is actually lived. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 92% Arthur Christmas (2011) " Parents may shed a nostalgic tear or two, while their children can enjoy spotting all the witty visual details. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 14, 2014
1.5/5 No Score Yet Turkey Shoot " Most of the film consists of padding: lengthy introductory spiels from the TV studio, repetitive computer graphics, flat expository dialogue scenes. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/5 98% Paddington (2015) " The film is a brightly wrapped Christmas present that has been assembled with love and care, and its message about the importance of welcoming strangers couldn't be more timely. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 12, 2014
82% R100 (2015) " Though it's not as elegant as his 2009 film Symbol -- or as satisfying, especially if you make the mistake of expecting a statement about gender -- it's unmistakably a product of the same unique imagination. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3/5 90% Tangled (2010) " While it lasts, the magic works. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 8, 2014
2.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's extremely loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen strives to put a post-feminist spin on an archetypal Disney princess fantasy, with mixed success. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " The film remains an amusingly sick joke and, despite its preachiness, a fun ride. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3.5/5 20% Serena (2015) " If this is not a perfect film it's an unusually haunting one. The peculiar dramatic rhythms reflect the violence-in-tranquility of the logging business itself, with lulls allowing the shocking moments to cut all the deeper. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 3, 2014
2.5/5 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " For a while, it looks as if the moral is going to be that negativity isn't all bad, which, for an American children's film, seems rather daring. Alas, the point is drowned out in a final chorus of affirmations. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3.5/5 26% The Captive (2014) " Films about child abuse inevitably come up against the limits of representation itself: morally and legally, how much is acceptable to show? In this case, Egoyan's decision to skip over the details of what happened to Cass makes the film all the creepier. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 3, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet Love Is Now " Product placement in cinema is usually no worse than a nuisance, but Love Is Now takes it to the next level: this lacklustre Australian romance not only looks like a feature-length commercial, but is one. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Fat Pizza Vs. Housos " Remarkably, the narrow cartoon world Fenech creates retains some connection with the world Australians live in. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/5 80% The One I Love (2014) " The film owes everything to its actors and particularly to Moss, who is capable of constantly surprising reactions, like the flurry of little nods Sophie gives to express delight. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/5 100% Rock The Casbah " Some degree of feminist anger is implicit as comedy gives way to melodrama, but ultimately critique is swallowed up in the affirmation of life as an eternal cycle in which joy and sorrow are bound together. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 21, 2014
2.5/5 89% The Drop (2014) " Obvious and familiar in outline, the plot also has its share of pointless complications, mostly involving "backstory" from 10 years earlier. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 13, 2014
1/5 20% Rise " This naive production is often uncomfortable viewing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/5 21% Love, Rosie (2015) " What all this adds up to is a film with the consistency of fairy floss, enjoyable provided you're not expecting substance of any kind at all. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " Interstellar may be a blockbuster spectacle but it's also a puzzle that bends the laws of space and time to create different kinds of links between images, like Nolan's early hit Memento or Shane Carruth's recent Upstream Colour. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 33% My Mistress " Flaws and all, My Mistress is worth pondering, especially if you're curious about the odd place of mothers in current Australian cinema. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/5 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " It's satisfying that the film exists, as an overdue tribute to an artist who can be appreciated even by those with limited patience for Thompson's posturing prose. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 29, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Maya The Bee Movie (2015) " It's a wearyingly familiar story -- and even the jokes, mostly insect puns, aren't the kind that adults are likely to enjoy. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 29, 2014
1/5 35% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Staggering out of Hector and The Search For Happiness, I had the impression of having witnessed an unequivocal fiasco, a film no human being would be likely to enjoy. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 24, 2014
1.5/5 77% Fury (2014) " Little of the dramatic material is convincing, in part because Pitt retains a kind of preening inwardness far removed from the matter-of-fact authority associated with, say, Lee Marvin. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 22, 2014
3.5/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " As for the strangely exhilarating ending, it makes clear that what we have been watching is less a statement about art than a love story: a twisted one, but romantic in every sense. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 16, 2014
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