Jake Cole

Jake Cole
Jake Cole's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film.com Slant Magazine Little White Lies Movie Mezzanine Hyperallergic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 88% Save Yourselves! (2020) The film fails to use its millennial characters to investigate contemporary attitudes about the possibility of world annihilation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
3/4 89% Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2020) It operates in an ambiguous register, suggesting that a woman is working in unison with nature to dole out revenge for their exploitation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 90% Wildfire (2020) The structure of Wildfire's narrative doesn't emerge out of a simplistic progression from strife to reconciliation, as writer-director Cathy Brady has her characters follow a realistically erratic trajectory. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
2.5/4 80% Pieces of a Woman (2020) When the film's actors are given space to etch their characters' feelings, they turn in strikingly naturalistic performances. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/4 97% One Night in Miami (2020) As much as the film seeks to understand how such major cultural figures navigated a political minefield, it nonetheless never takes its eyes off of its characters as people. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3.5/4 96% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) American Utopia feels as much like a balm as it is a surprisingly direct call to political action and social betterment. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
1.5/4 77% Summerland (2020) Throughout, the film's characters exhibit little life outside of their moments of tragedy and symbolic connections. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/4 100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2020) The film is never more intense than when it's finding parallels between its main character's anomie and Korea's dehumanizing expansion. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/4 83% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) The film unites its seemingly disparate strands of somber drama and deadpan comedy into a surprisingly cohesive whole. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
2/4 87% The Infiltrators (2020) The film is never more compelling than when relying on footage of the real radical DREAMer group the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 65% Clementine (2019) There's a hint of Jane Campion's own uncanny perversion of the banal throughout Lara Jean Gallagher's film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Red Moon Tide (Lúa vermella) (2020) The film is predicated on such ineffable dread that the impact of climate change becomes a sort of Lovecraftian force. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
No Score Yet Bring the Soul: The Movie (2019) Bring the Soul can be brutal in its observations of the stresses and pain of the music business. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
1.5/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Throughout, any and all subtext is buried under the weight of Jim Carrey's mugging. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
1/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The film's occasional gestures toward pseudo-feminist empowerment only compound the hollowness of its protagonist. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
.5/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The film may leave you wondering what purpose this franchise serves if not to give expression to Michael Bay's nationalist, racist, and misogynistic instincts. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
.5/4 20% Cats (2019) This adaptation gets straight to the heart of the material, which is basically two hours of stray cats introducing themselves. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) A staggeringly ill-conceived satire that completely fails to explore its own premise. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
1/4 72% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) For all the emphasis on video game characters who can be swapped out on a whim, it's the players themselves who come across as the most thinly drawn and interchangeable beneath their avatars. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
1.5/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) As a suspense film, it's so sluggishly structured that it borders on the avant-garde. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) The most thrilling and haunting details here are actively undermined by the chief technical gimmick of the film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) For a spell, Melina Matsoukas's film exudes the concision of an old B movie. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1/4 53% 21 Bridges (2019) It's difficult to imagine a worse time to release 21 Bridges than the present. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) Throughout, the subtle glimpses of a couple's lingering affection for one another complicate the bitterness of their separation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
1.5/4 73% Harriet (2019) Portraying Tubman above all else as a vessel for a higher power ironically only makes her appear less tangible. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/4 84% Waves (2019) This is a rare case of a film that's stronger when it colors inside the lines than radically traces outside of them. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
1.5/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn feels altogether too tidy, a film that revives many of the touchstones of noir, but never that throbbing unease that courses through the classics of the genre. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) At a time when the nation continues to weigh the fate of its auto industry, James Mangold's depiction of the Ford Motor Company facing its first major financial threat transparently plays to nostalgic reveries of the industry's golden age. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) In the film, a man's individual tragedy illuminates the emptiness of the systems that define him. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 86% Color Out of Space (2020) The film is a vivid depiction of how a confrontation with the unknown can so easily shatter the fragile bonds that hold us together. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/4 89% Ema (2019) In the film, the literal union of bodies is the only logical means of conveying the reestablishment of emotional bonds. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) In Alma Har'el's film, Shia LaBeouf's plays an avatar of his father as an expressionistic act of self-therapy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) The actors' hammy performances only compound the amusement of watching a dynasty propped up by largesse fall to pieces at the very thought of actually having to earn their way in life. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) The film around Michael B. Jordan plays like a lesson on justice being taught by self-aware actors, but he lives Bryan's pain, imbuing Just Mercy with a forcefulness that overpowers the its sermonizing. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/4 81% Proxima (2019) The film falls back on a reductive rumination on the balance between maternal obligation and career aspiration. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Kantemir Balagov depicts pain in blunt terms, but he traces the aftershocks of coping and collapse with delicate subtlety. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2.5/4 84% The Traitor (2020) It's at its best when showing how gangsters undermine their lofty notions of nobility with displays of narcissism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
1.5/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The film seems to have cobbled its set pieces together from a series of close-ups edited as if by random selection. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/4 24% The Kitchen (2019) The film never meaningfully reckons with the complexity of the characters' motivations and the consequences of their actions. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/4 59% Them That Follow (2019) Unfortunately, the care with which the filmmakers set up Them That Follow's context and their characters crumbles in the final act. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/4 26% Into the Ashes (2019) Aaron Harvey is prone to pulling back from any moment that might give greater depth to his revenge tale. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
1.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) The film curiously avoids exploring the complexities of introducing the Beatles's music into a radically different milieu. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
1.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) The film lacks for the more lacerating, freely parodic energy of The Larry Sanders Show and 30 Rock. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
1.5/4 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) The film is an all-too-fitting whimper of a conclusion to a franchise that never remotely fulfilled its potential. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/4 43% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The film is frustrating in the end for reaffirming the traditional blockbuster's allegiance to human perseverance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
1/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Guy Ritchie's live-action remake is content to trace the original's narrative beats with perfunctory indifference. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 86% Diamantino (2019) The film is at its strongest when depicting how Diamantino becomes a tool of politicians hoping to oust Portugal from the EU. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) The film is a reminder of the potential of these films before they became weighed down by blockbuster-ready excesses. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/4 89% Genesis (Genèse) (2019) Philippe Lesage's film understands that we submit ourselves to the perils of affection because of its outweighing graces. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 100% The Load (Teret) (2019) Ognjen Glavonic conveys the devastation and numbness that results from atrocity without resorting to exploitation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019