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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, Movie Mezzanine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The film finally tips the franchise over from modestly thoughtful stupidity into tedious, loud inanity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
1/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Every creature here that's intended to burrow themselves into the audience's nightmares are less wonders of imagination than of size.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2/4 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) The only element that significantly differentiates this documentary from its peers is Louis Theroux's good-natured cheekiness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
2.5/4 92% Logan (2017) It recognizes that the thinly veiled secret of Wolverine's loner act is that he's always been a cog of some kind.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/4 91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The film remarkably balances its predecessor's spartan characterizations and plotting with a significant expansion of scale. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The film is an unbroken chain of one-liners, sight gags, and pop-culture references, and the hit-to-miss ratio is high. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
3/4 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) The action builds to such a relentless head that even the serious stakes of the film's motivation give way to pleasant vibes.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1.5/4 34% Live By Night (2017) There's nothing at the center of Live by Night, no foundation of drama to ground the convoluted mash-up of so many genre tropes.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/4 31% Railroad Tigers (2017) However disjointed Railroad Tigers can be, the film offers a much-needed reminder of Jackie Chan's prodigious gifts.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/4 96% Moana (2016) Compared to your average Disney princesses, Moana is neither selfishly rebellious nor simplistically innocent. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 61% Allied (2016) In Allied, Robert Zemeckis brings to bear his pop-epic scope in what's otherwise a claustrophobic story.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Nothing that Marvel Studios has produced can compare to the visual splendor of Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
1/4 19% Inferno (2016) Inferno begs to be made fun of, but it's impossible to do so given how Ron Howard reduces the material to a dull spectacle of earnest puzzle-solving.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
1.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The visual blandness of Edward Zwick's style and the simplistic, easily solved case is better suited for television.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 52% The Accountant (2016) Ironically, by not attempting to oversell thrills, Gavin O'Connor has produced some of the few genuinely exciting action scenes of the year.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/4 94% Karl Marx City (2017) Petra Epperlein's personal ties to the subject matter provides the documentary with a necessary anchor point.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
4/4 95% Paterson (2016) The film concerns the humbler creative expressions of everyday life, where one creates art not for notoriety or superiority, but for the simple pleasure of making it.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
1.5/4 62% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) This is a left-footed and clumsily insistent work, exposing the worst aspects inherent to the Dardennes' style.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) The film explores the extent to which Olivier Assayas's characters have always found, and lost, their identities through the aid of their surroundings.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
1.5/4 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) The film should have been a cautionary tale, but in Peter Berg's hands, it's a hollow account of the resilience of the human spirit.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As passably entertaining as the film is, it never surrenders to the abandon of its action and as such never feels like it shifts out of first gear.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) With Arrival, Denis Villeneuve communicates the wonder of a Steven Spielberg alien movie within a decidedly hard sci-fi milieu.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) The acting elevates the clichés of Barry Jenkins's script into something approaching lived truth. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
28% Salt and Fire (2017) The final act is one of the strongest sustained sequences of cinema Werner Herzog has crafted in some time.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
64% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Voyage of Time acknowledges that Terrence Malick's fussy editing can only suggest meanings to that which will outlive anyone's interpretation.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) The film rises above the mawkishness or dreary didacticism that characterize too many of its peers.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation's narrowed scope recalls that of Mel Gibson's Braveheart.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
1.5/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) Ewan McGregor's inert adaption smooths out the Philip Roth novel's eruptions of self-loathing and doubt. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
66% Free Fire (2017) Its self-consciously witty dialogue is meant to paper over gratuitous violence with a veneer of nonchalance.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
No Score Yet The biblical root of the Dekalog may suggest didacticism on its face, but whatever morals are advanced are decidedly ambivalent.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
2.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) As with Sicario, the broad strokes of the film's Southwestern stereotypes gradually sharpen into focus as the story pivots to a look at the systemic forces that shape the characters.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/4 25% Suicide Squad (2016) David Ayer's film longs to be bad, yet its forced by outside pressures to follow narrow, preset rules.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
1.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) The film revels in its violence, merrily mowing down people so as to capture the coolest car chase possible. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) When it's good, this new Ghostbusters is funny, driven, sometimes even a bit scary.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
79% Cop Car (2015) For the most part... this is what a b-movie should be: lean, mean, and filled with just enough longueurs to be evocative without slowing the pace.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
1.5/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The film's action sequences are a jumble of movement and cuts that have no discernible relation to the actual motion of the characters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 47% Free State of Jones (2016) After its bracing opening, the film begins to indulge the worst impulses of well-meaning liberal cinema.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 92% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) The film shows how much To still experiments with his form, especially as he continues to transition to digital cinema.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Shane Black's The Nice Guys doesn't want for great exchanges, and even disposable conversations brim with acidic wit.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
3.5/4 98% Love & Friendship (2016) No Austen adaptation, even the most revisionist ones, has ever felt as vicious as Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
2.5/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The undeniable fun of the action scenes only exacerbates the failure of the narrative to adequately contend with its own themes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
1.5/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) The overriding despair of Winter's War's imagery calls into question who, exactly, the film is for. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/4 53% Triple 9 (2016) John Hillcoat's film arrives prepackaged with suggested comparisons to Michael Mann's Heat that it never earns because of its dreary literal-mindedness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
1/4 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) The film is frequently guilty of the same obsolescence it accuses the characters of embodying.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 89% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) It's the fleshed-out first segment that best presents characters with actual lives, as compared to the thinly veiled talking points of the film's second half. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2016
3/4 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Joel and Ethan Coen's idiosyncrasies elevate the film above the level of a mere creative exercise.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
2/4 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Of course, when the action gets underway, Bay unleashes that flashy id of his, and all of his flaws as a titan of blockbuster filmmaking come to the fore.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2016
2.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) ...the tendency for the narrative to repeat the beats of A New Hope, though perfectly logical in a saga founded upon the constancy of the hero's journey, comes off as pandering fan-fiction.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) Yet if the film uses its vulgarity and wit to lacerate a political quagmire and to implicate every facet of a tangled system of private greed and federal ignorance, it fails to turn its sights back onto its characters.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/4 80% Macbeth (2015) Unfortunately, this promising revision is delivered in lugubrious terms by a self-conscious director who cannot ever change the tone of the play without endlessly calling attention to those changes.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015