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Jacob Oller

Jacob Oller
Jacob Oller's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film School Rejects, Paste Magazine, The Film Stage

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Saturday Church (2018) The NYC realism highlighting the abuse young queer people can face is often so tough as to break your heart. It's a stunning debut from writer/director Damon Cardasis and an even more impressive showcase for star Luka Kain's musical and dramatic talents.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
67% Pilgrimage (2017) The film has a nuanced faith offset by brutal fight scenes and lingering, all-encompassing nature photography. ‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
88% Thumper (2017) A great young cast, steady pacing, and dusty aesthetic unafraid to show the drug trade in all its unflattering practicalities make Thumper a must-see thriller.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
90% Girls Trip (2017) The film is remarkable for its willingness and ability to flaunt its generic premise and go to far stranger, more empowering places than its simple setup might suggest. ‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
90% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is both a caper film and a high school comedy and for every moment it stumbles at one, it excels at the other. ‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.2/10 82% Brad's Status (2017) Inevitably, more time will be spent mulling over the title of Brad's Status than the film itself.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/10 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Rebel in the Rye's script problems aren't just its broad issues of scope which leave little room for directorial creativity. The minutiae of the film's scenes are undermined by a screenplay with details so sparse.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4.1/10 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ clearly loves music, but fails to translate that into a compelling narrative. It's an album filled mostly with half-baked skits.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
7.5/10 96% Step (2017) Step may stumble over its own hurried pace but such a method is almost forgivable once you realize that the film is speeding towards an effective finale.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2.9/10 16% Wish Upon (2017) The very core of this kind of teen summer schlock, Wish Upon will only be remembered as a laughable neighbor to the Wishmaster series.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
7.7/10 78% The Little Hours (2017) While the film can sometimes feel sparse, the combination of this defiant juxtaposition, its diligently-defined historical context and some perfectly-pitched nastiness cast The Little Hours into the midnight movie heavens.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
6.2/10 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Captain Underpants' plethora of animation styles (including a wonderful sock puppet sequence) separates the film into imaginative sublayers, keeping it from feeling like the one-joke wonder that it often edges towards.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
7.1/10 74% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) Leveaux's is a romantic and pleasantly small film about love in an era when love always contested with duty to something greater.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
7.7/10 56% Copwatch (2017) Community activism is charged by action, otherwise it'd be community passivity, but Copwatch does best when going back to the source of activism's power.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
7.3/10 58% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Named like a horror movie but packaged like a rom-com, The Boy Downstairs is a sweet showcase of writer/director Sophie Brooks' takes on memory, expectation and charm.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
7.2/10 No Score Yet The Sensitives (2017) The Sensitives sees its skeptics coming and bulldozes forward.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
7.9/10 100% I Am Evidence (2017) The film is intense, making for one of the sniffliest audiences in which I've ever been included, so viewer discretion is certainly advised. But with that kind of emotional power too comes the intellectual and statistical weight we need to enact change.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
6/10 36% Devil's Gate (2018) An irreverent mix of genres taken completely seriously but with no small amount of fun, Devil's Gate wears its script's stupidity on its sleeve and allows its creature effects and committed cast to carry it throughout.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
8.9/10 92% Saturday Church (2018) Saturday Church is a racially and sexually diverse rumination on identity that defies simple definition in its low-key elegance.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
8.2/10 67% Rock'n Roll (2017) The film's ridiculousness deserves a long hill to snowball down-when Rock'n Roll reaches the bottom, it's impossible not to be bowled over.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.4/10 30% The Clapper (2018) The Clapper is just so boring and corny that all the audience can do is either feel bad for Helms or disingenuously applaud his unsuccessful efforts, mimicking his character's chosen vocation.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4.1/10 48% The Last Movie Star (2018) [The film's] lack of faith in its audience makes its over-explanation and hackneyed groaners unshakable weights on a story that only needed to let Reynolds do his thing.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
8/10 78% Sweet Virginia (2017) We linger on dread throughout Sweet Virginia, externalizing a movie whose strengths are all internal. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
88% Thumper (2017) Thumper is a heart-in-throat drama wherein you know what will happen, and it's all the more dreadful for it.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
8.2/10 67% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) The politics of piracy are complex and well-explored here.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
8.3/10 67% Pilgrimage (2017) The film understands the importance of appearances and loyalties in a person's life. These commitments-either to popes, kings, or gods-are built on faith and risk. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
5.3/10 No Score Yet The Public Image is Rotten (2017) It's all wrapped in a package wearing dad jeans: too safe, too simple, too given to a happy ending. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
5.5/10 51% Flower (2018) There are two movies here, and the actors handle that duality well. But the brooding darkness lurking inside these characters needs a drama of its own.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
6.9/10 70% Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018) The Last Poker Game is an unexpectedly warm movie, shot with a honed sense of visual storytelling-especially given the director's newness with all this-and an eye for textures, but one which flames out into a terribly overwrought ending.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.7/10 15% Psychopaths (2017) The film-directed and written by Mickey Keating, regent of horror references-cobbles its many genre touchstones into a winding walkway to absolutely nowhere.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
7/10 100% A River Below (2017) [It] is pure investigative journalism. It trusts no one and questions every side of the story -- even the possible coercion of illegal activities by one of its stars while those he coerced have threatened to shoot him in the head if he ever turns up again‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
5.9/10 92% Super Dark Times (2017) Though beautifully shot by Eli Born as '90s ultra-Americana, Super Dark Times never seems sure which way to make us look. Which isn't a good thing.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
90% Win It All (2017) Win It All is a slow-burn dramedy set on undercutting the romanticized, disheveled losers of noir while still developing a charm of its own.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4.6/10 73% Gifted (2017) Gifted is saddest when we realize, as it takes grueling and meandering scenic routes through tearjerker clichés, the pregnant potential for this to be a sharp family dramedy.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.7/10 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The overfull inbox of business jokes falls spectacularly flat when viewed in our current national climate, and seem completely insane in a movie for children. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
4.7/10 81% Dig Two Graves (2017) Dig Two Graves is a bizarre film that builds up strange-but-muddled imagery like better films build suspense, until it all collapses in on itself like a burning house. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
7.9/10 68% Life (2017) The creatively scary film's purposefully misleading ending is fun in a cruel kind of way, especially coming from a horror that's already put us through so much. Alas, such is Life.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/10 48% Wilson (2017) Director Craig Johnson's film isn't sharp enough to balance out how unpalatable it is.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
6.1/10 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Despite some convoluted final action ... and unbalanced music, Beauty and the Beast's teary fairy tale ending survives it all thanks to the brief but colorful relationships we develop with the side characters.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4.5/10 18% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) The Ottoman Lieutenant is a war romance wherein the romance isn't made more complex by the war, nor is the war made more complex by the romance.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.6/10 24% The Comedian (2017) When not focusing on Burke's sad stand-up, we shift to his creepy personal life. It's a depressing double-edged sword, yet the tone never wavers.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
7.6/10 88% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The film's aesthetic is its unassailable strength. Despite a somewhat muddy plot of oscillating energies, it always looks like the kind of thing Hot Topic wishes it could dream up.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
6.3/10 39% Railroad Tigers (2017) Railroad Tigers is an old-school, moderately campy adventure movie, something American directors were focused on making in the '90s (think 1995's Jumanji) but audiences have mostly relegated today to the realm of nostalgia.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Don't think it, don't say it, don't see it.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
5.2/10 30% Monster Trucks (2017) It's certainly more entertaining than it has a right to be, but its milquetoast weirdness never goes full throttle.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
7/10 39% Why Him? (2016) The limited pop culture references and focus on its talented supporting players give Why Him? a charm that doesn't bury its insight.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
8/10 79% Hairspray Live! (2016) Blending body positivity with its thinly (ha!) veiled race allegory in the streets, taking protest signs and squaring off with demonstrators until the police show up, the cast of Hairspray Live! gave us a musical nudge to action. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4.2/10 76% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane plays out like a very long episode of a very boring TV drama.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
7.8/10 59% Allied (2016) Pitt, wonderful here, thrives in films that don't ask for a mugging, simple punchline... Meanwhile, Cotillard dominates the film as both subject and object.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
89% Doctor Strange (2016) Don't let the goatee fool you - this is no Iron Man.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016