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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), Den of Geek

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 84% Victoria (2015) No doubt, this urgency adds something to the performances: with time, it becomes increasingly clear that Costa's look of physical and emotional exhaustion isn't wholly a matter of acting.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
3.5/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Above all 10 Cloverfield Lane is a showcase for Goodman, a consummate actor whose ability to terrify has rarely been exploited so thoroughly.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) Hillcoat makes the final product seem almost apocalyptic: a social panorama with a functioning society nowhere in sight.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
2/5 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Bay certainly has a style of his own, albeit one that again harks back to the 1980s -- an even more cartoonish variant on the music-video bombast pioneered by directors such as Tony Scott.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/5 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) This is the best opportunity Proyas has had in a long time to show off his visual intelligence, which amounts to more than a love of opulence for its own sake.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 93% The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) (2016) The Mermaid is not Chow at his absolute peak... Still, it's probably the most accomplished blockbuster which the global entertainment industry has given us since Mad Max: Fury Road.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3.5/5 97% 45 Years (2015) If the subject matter is familiar, Haigh approaches it in good faith - avoiding both sentimentality and cynicism, and seeking out fresh insight rather than settling for cliche. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
3.5/5 66% Nasty Baby (2015) Like many Rivette films, Nasty Baby is an enigmatic comedy-drama set in a bohemian subculture, with a plot involving the creation of a work of art.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) The film refuses to settle on one interpretation, instead opening up a space for larger philosophical questions.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/5 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) There are enough off-beat jokes and gifted performers to ensure a good time.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Detective Chinatown (2016) A well-crafted trifle.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) It's surely the bleakest film of Tarantino's career, pronouncing a bitter verdict not only on America's past, but its present and future as well.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
3.5/5 88% The Big Short (2015) McKay hasn't lost his touch as a director of comic performances, and the didactic format lets him shake off a lot of sodden Hollywood convention: the characters aren't required to learn spiritual lessons or even be particularly likeable.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
2.5/5 81% The Revenant (2015) As an action movie with a grisly exploitation edge, The Revenant could have been a triumph. But Inarritu can't seem to stop lunging after greatness: some of his symbolic touches reach new heights of kitsch.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2016
3/5 97% Mavis! (2016) Directed by newcomer Jessica Edwards, this tribute documentary follows a standard biographical formula. Still, the film would be worth seeing and hearing just for the footage of Staples in concert.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/5 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) iven the option, Panahi might prefer to move onto fresh material -- but as man and artist, he seems to be surviving as well as could be hoped.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
4.5/5 60% Joy (2015) An old-fashioned star vehicle for Russell's muse Jennifer Lawrence, Joy is also a giftwrapped bundle of insanity, packed with noisy arguments, lurches in tone, and enough ideas for six regular films.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/5 50% Mojin - The Lost Legend (2015) Wuershan's style has an energy and exuberance that pulls together all the disparate elements.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/5 89% Mississippi Grind (2015) It's a sketch of a film, but more than workable as a vehicle for Mendelsohn at his delicate, tragicomic best.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 98% Phoenix (2015) Everything in Phoenix is designed to prepare us for the knockout ending, which couldn't be simpler in itself, but has the force of a long-delayed emotional release.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
3/5 66% The Night Before (2015) In The Night Before, which Levine directed and co-wrote, sweetness and crudity mingle from the outset. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
2.5/5 96% The Look of Silence (2015) Oppenheimer's follow-up, The Look of Silence, is more lucid but less interesting.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
2/5 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Kids are not likely to get the jokes about Gary Oldman​'s wig in the 1992 film Dracula, nor sympathise closely with the emotional difficulties Drac faces in becoming a grandparent. Adults... will have seen virtually all of this before.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 33% By The Sea (2015) Not much happens but the cinematographer Christian Berger gives the emptiness a monumentality that demands the big screen, with the postcard vistas, glamorous costumes and retro props compensating for the lack of drama.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
3.5/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) [Malick] remains some kind of master, and his admirers will want to see Knight of Cups to judge for themselves. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/5 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) The emotional power comes from the writing and acting -- above all from Ejiofor, a performer of unusual range who can be equally credible as a thinker, a violent hothead, and a devoted friend.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
3.5/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Plucked from obscurity, Katniss has defied the odds to become an enduring popular heroine. Much the same can be said of Lawrence, allowing us to view the series as a kind of documentary on her parallel rise to stardom.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
2.5/5 17% Now Add Honey (2015) Now Add Honey has the weirdness of a passion project gone awry.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/5 86% Tanna (2016) This is a film that walks the line between elemental simplicity and corny formula, especially when the stars exchange glances in close-up accompanied by Antony Partos' rhapsodic music.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
4.5/5 81% The Assassin (2015) One hallmark of a good action director is the ability to make stillness and silence as dramatic as movement and noise. The Assassin, directed by Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien, carries this principle as far as it can go.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 95% Casino Royale (2006) Basically, Craig's Bond is a new and individual creation.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
2.5/5 83% Mistress America (2015) [Gerwig's] performance as Brooke Cardinas, the anti-heroine of Noah Baumbach's Mistress America, is a highly calculated, artificial comic turn.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
4/5 53% The Dressmaker (2016) All questions of taste and plausibility aside, The Dressmaker is a hoot and a healthy shock to the system. Australian cinema may never be quite the same again.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
4/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Bridge of Spies is one of the most dexterous and pleasurable films of the year; a fine example of Spielberg's unique late style, which shows a grasp of viewer psychology any marketing guru might envy.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2015
3/5 71% Crimson Peak (2015) As a bold, eye-filling spectacle, Crimson Peak will gratify any fan of fantasy and horror. In plot terms, though, there's something lacking.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
3/5 74% Black Mass (2015) [Depp] is evidently having a fine time - and if his aim is to make our flesh creep, from his perspective at least Black Mass must be reckoned a success.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
2.5/5 66% Learning To Drive (2015) Visually, Learning to Drive is mostly flat -- but then, there are only so many ways you can shoot two people sitting next to each other in a car.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) Most crucially, Heller is more interested in bearing witness to adolescent experience than passing judgment -- and this approach extends to her handling of the adults around Minnie.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
2.5/5 92% The Martian (2015) Like many of Scott's latter-day films, The Martian is engaging to a degree but seems flimsier the more you think about it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
3.5/5 64% The Visit (2015) It triumphantly reinvents the genre, in a way that allows Shyamalan to combine suspense with witty running commentary on the art of filmmaking itself.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Another Country (2015) This is a film that poses urgent questions without supplying easy answers.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/5 86% Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball) (2015) Unfortunately, they appear to have lost sight of the golden rule for family movies of this type, which is to keep the focus squarely on the animals or, failing that, on the kids.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
3.5/5 97% Tangerine (2015) Raucously entertaining.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
2.5/5 61% Life (2015) Basically there isn't much of a story here.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
3.5/5 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Ball makes assured use of the wide screen: much of the film's interest lies in the different types of terrain covered, from cramped corridors and air vents to barren desert to a ruined city that might have been designed by M. C. Escher.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Force Of Destiny (2015) Wenham's wry, understated delivery is hard to resist and he's quite believable as a certain type of Australian male artist, all sheepish good looks, amiable stubbornness and unrepentant self-absorption.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
3.5/5 86% Gayby Baby (2016) A gentle, thoughtful and very timely observational documentary about children raised by gay or lesbian parents.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
2.5/5 15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) Statham has been replaced by the younger, blander Ed Skrein​, who shares his predecessor's Cockney accent but looks more male model than bruiser.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2015
3/5 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) This is an easy film to like though not a total success.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/5 78% Holding The Man (2015) The revelation is LaPaglia, a presence so powerful he almost throws the film off-balance, making it into an emotional triangle rather than the story of a couple.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015